To the Editor:
With the recent passing of John Z. DeLorean, many things about the past glory of General Motors come to mind. If you want a good insider's view, read his book, On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors.
One of the themes was the loss of emphasis on engineering. DeLorean, Ed Cole, Bunkie Knudsen and others were extraordinary engineers first and car guys second. There is no one like them at GM today.
Another theme was the promotion of someone who had absolutely no knowledge of the auto industry. GM's recent hiring of brand managers from other industries was just as damaging.
Many may have thought of DeLorean as a bit of a smart aleck, but he was extremely smart and had another trait that others often found annoying: He was always right.
Maybe GM should dust off DeLorean's book and study it.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The writer is an ISO 9000 consultant and a former GM employee.