Media portrayals of General Motors CEO Dan Akerson tend to hit on a theme: He demands things get done faster than GM has traditionally done them.
"Why should it take four years to put a car out?" Akerson told The Wall Street Journal in January.
But the view that Akerson is impatient with product development is overblown, says former GM product chief Bob Lutz.
"Dan Akerson is getting a bad rap because there is this rumor that he wants everything faster, faster, faster," Lutz said Thursday at the New York auto show. "It's not true."
Akerson said this week that he sees no need to accelerate the rollout of GM's next full-sized pickups amid spiking gasoline prices.