Retirement is just not Bob Lutz's thing. The former General Motors product chief has been advising Lotus on car designs for about a year as the British sports car maker attempts a turnaround. Speaking on the Lotus stand at the New York auto show, Lutz said he consults with Lotus designers "when I can," adding:
"I give them the benefit of my accumulated experience, whether they ask for it or not."
Lutz, 79, who retired from GM last year after a 47-year career in the auto industry, said he also has agreed to work with new GM product-development chief Mary Barra on what he called a "pro bono" basis.
Reports surfaced this year that GM was interested in bringing on Lutz as a paid consultant. The reports "caused a stir" with the Treasury Department, he said, so he decided to work informally for GM. The U.S. government still owns a 33 percent stake in GM.
Lutz said he plans a tour when his upcoming book, Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business, is released in June.