Ex-Chrysler PR Calls Out 'Stupid' CEOs And 'Absolute Prick' NYT Reporter

Former automotive PR exec Jason Vines is out of the industry and has a new book out, which means that he's spreading dirt on everyone, calling out "prick" New York Times reporters, stupid CEOs, and arguing that Bob Lutz would have been CEO of Chrysler if he'd have kept his big mouth shut. » 1/23/15 12:30pm 1/23/15 12:30pm

Bob Lutz: Cars Are Getting Lame So The Destino Will Kick All Your Asses

What happened to Bob Lutz's grand plan to put the Corvette ZR1's 638 horsepower V8 into the Fisker Karma? If you ask him, the Destino is still on, and in a new piece for Forbes Lutz revealed why he's doing it. » 11/17/14 2:44pm 11/17/14 2:44pm

When Bob Lutz Put A Lambo V12 In A McLaren For Senna To Play With

The McLaren MP4/8B was powered by a Lamborghini V12 and driven by Ayrton Senna in September, 1993 at Estoril after the Portuguese Grand Prix. It was faster, and he wanted to race it in Japan. That never happened. » 2/04/14 4:40pm 2/04/14 4:40pm

The Murky Future Of Bob Lutz's Fisker Conversion Company

Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villarreal's venture "VL Automotive" that puts LS9s in Fisker Karmas was introduced as "America's newest, smallest, and most expensive automaker" in this afternoon's press conference. The proposition got vague from there. » 1/14/14 4:20pm 1/14/14 4:20pm

Ask American Hero Bob Lutz Anything You Want

There's no other industry player we've written about more than "Maximum" Bob Lutz, but we've somehow never had him around to answer your questions. Today we change that. From GM to BMW to Ford to Chrysler to GM to VIA and VL, few people have shaped the industry as much as Lutz and now he's here to answer your… » 1/14/14 2:38pm 1/14/14 2:38pm

Bob Lutz Describes GM's New Female CEO Exactly As Bob Lutz Would

Bob Lutz. This is a man. A man who says things. And he's not worried about being politically correct, as we saw in his description of Mary Barra. » 12/16/13 12:00pm 12/16/13 12:00pm

GM Knew Pontiac Was On The Ropes Before The Feds Ordered It Killed

Over the weekend, former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz dropped a bombshell on car enthusiasts and policy wonks when he revealed for the first time that the federal government told GM to drop Pontiac or they wouldn't get a bailout. Enthusiasts may balk, but this was the common sense idea — and even GM knew it. » 10/29/13 2:50pm 10/29/13 2:50pm

Pontiac Is Dead, And Maybe It Should Be

There was a lot of handwringing from commenters last night about the demise of Pontiac. Whether you buy it that the Federal government forced General Motors to kill it, or you think that GM killed the brand themselves, it was the right thing to do. I would've done the same. And here's why. » 10/27/13 12:00pm 10/27/13 12:00pm

Feds Told GM To Drop Pontiac Or No Bailout, Ex-GM Exec Says

When General Motors shut down Pontiac, it left a lot of enthusiasts wondering why. It was primed with a lineup of powerful, rear-wheel drive models, and seemed like it had a bright future ahead of it. It turns out that GM killed it on government orders, according to former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. » 10/26/13 4:54pm 10/26/13 4:54pm

Get Sad Because Bob Lutz Says Pontiac Was Going To Make A New GTO

I'm a big fan of the last-gen Pontiac GTO, the boring-looking Australian captive import with a not-at-all boring pair of LS V8 engines. That one only lasted from 2004 and 2006, and it was never replaced. But it almost was, according to Bob Lutz! » 8/08/13 11:48am 8/08/13 11:48am

Ford CEO Phil Caldwell Was Weird, Stubborn, Obsessive, But Successful

Perhaps the best description of Phil Caldwell came from the lips of Henry Ford II’s butler in the Ford apartment in London. Bedwell, the butler, was serving me one evening after he had just come off of a full week of attending to the needs of Phil Caldwell. “I beg your pardon, sir... I always try to please, and… » 7/12/13 3:17pm 7/12/13 3:17pm

America Is Back To Buying Trucks And SUVs Like They're Crack

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 6/04/13 9:27am 6/04/13 9:27am

GM Exec Who Called Global Warming A 'Crock Of Shit' Wants Fisker

Fiskers are efficient luxury hybrids. Former GM Exec Bob Lutz didn't like that, so he had the hybrid system ripped out, threw in a supercharged V8, and the VL Destino was born. Now, with Fisker doing poorly, VL has reportedly put in a bid to buy the company. V8 Karmas for everyone! » 5/21/13 4:02pm 5/21/13 4:02pm

Go Lutz Yourself

Bob Lutz is part of the all-new Road & Track magazine, and his contribution is Go Lutz Yourself, wherein he fields reader questions and dispenses advice as only he can. » 4/02/13 8:31am 4/02/13 8:31am

'Maximum' Bob Lutz Body Slams Ex GM CEO Ed Whitacre

Former AT&T boss and 10-month GM CEO Ed Whitacre has a book out about how he saved GM. I've already lampooned that notion, but it's nice to see 'Maximum' Bob Lutz chime in, if only because Lutz was there and because Lutz is a jet-flying, Global Warming-denying madman who always speaks his mind. Lutz, predictably,… » 3/01/13 1:15pm 3/01/13 1:15pm

Ed Whitacre Also Thinks He Saved GM

Everyone involved with the General Motors turnaround seems to think it's important to note that they were the ones who actually saved GM, even though the company is still far from being a model of business success. Today's turn comes from former AT&T CEO and very very interim GM CEO Ed Whitacre in excerpts from his… » 1/23/13 10:00am 1/23/13 10:00am

Maximum Bob Lutz's Maximum Lotus Evora Is For Sale

When Lotus was under Dany Bahar's leadership, they did all sorts of weird things. They inked a deal with noted automotive maverick Swizz Beatz. They also introduced about 37 cars that Lotus was planning on building in the coming six years. But one smart thing they did was get Bob Lutz, everyone's favorite auto exec,… » 1/22/13 3:40pm 1/22/13 3:40pm