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

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

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

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

'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

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