The Real Reason Lotus Fired CEO Dany Bahar Isn't The One They Gave

Officially, Lotus fired CEO Dany Bahar because he misused funds and not because he was a disaster in almost every way. Unofficially, we're hearing that Lotus Cars advisory board member "Maximum" Bob Lutz is telling people the opposite in private. » 7/16/12 3:20pm 7/16/12 3:20pm

The government's stopping GM from re-hiring Bob Lutz

Former General Motors product czar "Maximum" Bob Lutz left the company last year, but new GM CEO Dan Akerson's been trying to get him back. The only thing standing in his way according to The Daily Beast is the U.S. Treasury Department, which fears the move could be perceived as a golden parachute. » 2/15/11 5:10pm 2/15/11 5:10pm

Bob Lutz Offers Lotus Advice On How To Be A Badass

Former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has been recruited by Lotus for its "Advisory Council," a trio of wizened auto execs who will tell Lotus and Malaysian parent Proton how to keep it real. » 9/27/10 2:00pm 9/27/10 2:00pm

"Maximum" Bob Lutz Buzzes Town In Fighter Jet, Causes Chaos

Bob Lutz was enjoying retirement like all the 78-year-olds out there, flying one of his decommissioned military fighter jets over rural Michigan, when a local thought the jet went down. It didn't, but it did cause local authorities to panic. » 6/17/10 1:30pm 6/17/10 1:30pm

Yes, Bob Lutz Is Still Cooler Than You

78-year-old Bob Lutz retired from General Motors May 1st. Before that he was largely responsible for the Dodge Viper and for flying jets. Here's how he's spending his retirement. He's still way cooler than you. (Thanks Curtis!) » 6/08/10 7:00pm 6/08/10 7:00pm

Lutz: GM Considers Exporting RHD Mullet-Mobile To Australia

The Aussie love may go both ways if GM's "Maximum" Bob Lutz is to be believed. He claims while we'll get a Four-Door Corvette our friends down under will get a right-hand-drive version of the Chevy Camaro. » 1/14/10 10:30am 1/14/10 10:30am

Bob Lutz: Chevy Looking At "Four-Door Corvette" For U.S.

"[T]he thrill of high performance driving is unmatched by anything that doesn't have rear-wheel drive, bags of torque and a nice transmission." That's why "Maximum" Bob Lutz thinks the Holden Commodore could bring the U.S. a "four-door Corvette." » 1/14/10 8:30am 1/14/10 8:30am

Bob Lutz —

GM's "Maximum" Vice Chairman and product czar bestows Interim GM CEO Ed Whitacre with the highest level of praise one old rich white person can bestow upon another at the General's Detroit Auto Show preview event last night. [WWJ Radio] » 12/17/09 5:45pm 12/17/09 5:45pm

Bob Lutz: I Won't Talk About Fritz But...

The LA Auto Show keynote address wasn't supposed to be important, it was supposed to be Fritz Henderson. However, things changed last night. So everyone is here, listening to Lutz not talk about Fritz Henderson. Except he did. A little » 12/02/09 1:00pm 12/02/09 1:00pm

Lutz Hints At 335 HP Buick Regal GS, Wagon

Our good ol' pal "Maximum" Bob Lutz told Car & Driver they're considering an Opel Insignia OPC-like 335 HP version of the Buick Regal that may be called the Regal GS. Oh, and possibly a sporty Buick Regal wagon! » 11/16/09 12:00pm 11/16/09 12:00pm

GM Seeing Uptick In Truck, SUV Sales According To Lutz

Bloomberg » 8/29/08 10:40am 8/29/08 10:40am today reports that GM product czar Bob Lutz, referencing a handful of GM dealerships, is saying that the decline in pickup sales may be "bottoming out." Lutz apparently commented that dealers are seeing "some resurgence in demand for full-size SUVs and pickups," though he declined to mention specific figures…

Bob Lutz Talks Future GM Vehicles, Powertrains

Following GM's morning expectations-management conference, product czar "Maximum" Bob Lutz answered questions about how the future of GM vehicles would be impacted by the announcements. In particular, we were wondering how the General planned to respond to Ford's Eco-Boost turbo four (and in what form that response… » 7/15/08 11:20am 7/15/08 11:20am

Volt To Get Twice The Batteries, GM Wants Twice The Tax Credit

General Motors is lobbying for a $7,000 tax credit for buyers of the $30,000 $40,000 2011 Chevy Volt — more than double that originally offered for Prius buyers. The automaker's arguing the credit should be based on battery capacity. "What we favor is actually a sliding scale depending on how much battery you have on… » 6/23/08 10:40am 6/23/08 10:40am

2009 Corvette ZR1 Police Package: Bob Lutz Is A Small Child

Don't worry, don't worry, this isn't real. Somebody at GM let Vice Chairman Bob Lutz loose with a pack of Crayolas and this is the result, a fictional Michigan State Police edition of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Or, as it's known internally, the Hot Wheels car Maximum Bob would most like to take to bed with him tonight.… » 1/29/08 3:30pm 1/29/08 3:30pm

Report: Lutz Confirms Holden Ute-Based GMC Concept At NY Auto Show, Is…

It looks as though Maximum Bob Lutz has confirmed to Australian website GoAuto that a four door truck concept based on the Zeta platform will be appearing at the New York Auto Show as a GMC. While we can't be sure this is the precursor to the new El Camino we keep asking about, what we're picturing in our head is… » 1/22/08 5:45pm 1/22/08 5:45pm

Bob Lutz: CAFE 35 will increase price of GMs $6,000

Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show, Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman of GM, said, "This is going to be a net average of cost of $6,000 per vehicle which will have to be passed onto the consumer. The good news is it won't come all at once, because 35 mpg doesn't kick in all at once." Lutz goes on to claim that the average… » 1/14/08 3:30pm 1/14/08 3:30pm