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 questions. » 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

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

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

'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, calls… » 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 new… » 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, on … » 1/22/13 3:40pm 1/22/13 3:40pm

The Madness Of Maximum Bob Lutz

If I were to come up and merely explain exactly what I saw at the Via Motors press conference, chances are you'd take a few cautious steps back and suggest that I seek out my clergyperson. Here, I'll show you! Here's a hypothetical exchange between you and I, sweet, sweet reader: » 1/15/13 2:00pm 1/15/13 2:00pm

The Destino Is The Corvette ZR1-Powered Fisker Karma You've Always…

Love the Fisker Karma but hate saving the environment? Love the Fisker Karma but hate the risk of a possible fire burning your garage in the night? Love the Corvette ZR1 but wish it had two more doors? » 1/14/13 7:15am 1/14/13 7:15am