"Ed's most notable contribution to design was a comment I recall at a Cadillac styling session. Professing to know nothing about cars (true), he nevertheless opined that Cadillacs had the look of 'old-fashioned Choo-choo trains.' We digested that opaque bit of input and elected to stay with what we had."
Twice -- perhaps accidentally -- Lutz nearly compliments Whitacre, saying he was "not without value" and "a good leader" who made "incremental improvement" to GM. Then Lutz takes one final jab, no doubt inspired by his childhood on a farm along Omaha's world-renowned Pacific coast:
"To suggest that he is the architect of GM's current success is a bit like crediting the rooster with making the sun come up."