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Bob Lutz

  • 2016 Tesla Model S

    Bob Lutz is back again poo-pooing on Tesla. This time the auto industry veteran was speaking to attendees of a collector car auction held Thursday in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he recommended they get hold of a Tesla Model S because it's primed to be a future collectable, and that they should do so while the cars were “still available.” Lutz's reasoning is that Tesla might not be around much longer as the company isn't manufacturing cars at a profit. “Twenty-five years from now, [the Model S] will be remembered as the first really good-looking, fast electric car," he said...

  • 2020 Tesla Roadster
    Bob Lutz: Tesla is “going out of business”

    After questioning the viability of Tesla two years ago in an op-ed titled “Is Tesla Doomed?,” Bob Lutz is now flat out stating the company is going out of business. “The company, folks, is going out of business,” he told CNBC in an interview Friday. “At this rate...

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    Bob Lutz gives grim prediction for the future of the automobile

    Bob Lutz has been a senior figure in the automotive industry for longer than most, so when he speaks about where it’s headed there's a certain authority behind what he has to say. Some zingers include his skepticism of man’s effect on climate change, as well as the long-term viability...

  • VLF Humvee C-Series
    Bob Lutz is now selling new Hummer H1s in China

    China's increasingly crowded roads might not seem like the ideal location for hulking military derived off-road vehicles, but don't tell Bob Lutz or his company that. VLF Automotive is officially selling carbon copies of the Hummer H1 in the people's republic. Wealthy Chinese customers have...

  • From left to right: Gilbert Villarreal, Bob Lutz, Henrik Fisker
    VL Automotive rebranded VLF as Henrik Fisker joins ranks

    VL Automotive, founded by industry stalwart Bob Lutz and industrialist Gilbert Villarreal, made headlines in the recent past because of radical plans to sell Karma sedans from bankrupt automaker Fisker Automotive that are stripped of their hybrid systems and powered instead by Corvette V-8s. Now...

  • 'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Bob Lutz arrives in a Chevy Volt
    Bob Lutz asks: Is Tesla doomed?

    Bob Lutz has never been shy about speaking his mind, and now he has something to say about Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] that's likely to start some heated conversations. Despite the praise its products have received from the media and customers, the former auto industry executive thinks the Silicon...

  • Bob Lutz

    Bob Lutz isn't known for pulling punches. The industry icon speaks with all the bravado you'd expect of an old-school Marine fighter pilot, and in May's issue of Road & Track, he sounds off on manufacturer-sponsored racing, writing: "Today, as a manufacturer, I would no longer spend the money—not on Formula One nor any other open-wheel series, the DTM, any sedan series, and most certainly not on NASCAR." WATCH: Porsche 918 Spyder Chases Koenigsegg Agera R On Autobahn: Video The position might seem surprising for an auto executive who has so closely aligned himself against the...

  • VL Automotive Destino with Bob Lutz at 2013 Detroit Auto Show
    Bob Lutz And China’s Wanxiang In Bid To Buy Fisker: Report

    The auto industry can never seem to rid itself of Bob Lutz, but maybe that’s a good thing as where others see failure the inexorable exec sees opportunity. Having spent years in senior positions at major auto firms, Lutz more recently has been flogging extended-range electric trucks for Via...

  • Via Motors XTRUX 800-hp electric pickup live photos, 2013 Detroit Auto Show
    Via Motors Shows Its 800 Horsepower, 100 MPGe XTRUX Pickup: Live Photos

    When it comes to range-extended electric vehicles, the concept of delivering fuel economy up to 100 miles per gallon equivalent isn’t all that foreign; after all, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt delivers 98 MPGe. What the Volt and other range-extended electric vehicles fail to deliver is 800-plus...

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    GM Retains Bob Lutz As Advisor

    He may have his detractors, but you can’t deny that the original car czar Bob Lutz has had a major impact on the auto industry. It appears now that Lutz’s influence will last a little while longer, as GM has announced today that its former Vice Chairman will be retained to provide...

  • Lotus at the 2011 New York Auto Show
    Lotus Evora S And Evora IPS Make U.S. Debut: 2011 New York Auto Show

    Lotus brought out former GM exec Bob Lutz for this week’s 2011 New York Auto Show, where the sports car company from Hethel in the UK also announced the launch of the new Evora S (Supercharged) and Evora IPS (Intelligent Precision Shift) for the U.S. market. Lutz, you may recall is on the...

  • Nicole "Coco" Austin and her "Coco" edition Cadillac CTS-V
    Ten Things That Could Give Bob Lutz A Heart Attack (Or Really Bad Agita)

    Ten things that could give Bob Lutz the Big One: 10. Fireworks. 9. The return of clear soda. 8. Tragic watermelon incident at upcoming Gallagher festival. 7. Tragic golf club incident involving booth hostess and moving platform. 6. Richard Simmons' latest DVD, AC/DC Ab Workout. (That pilates stuff...

  • Jay Leno

    Updated: see below During an interview with Elon Musk in May of 2009, David Letterman dissed the Chevrolet Volt. Shortly thereafter, Letterman remembered where his ad dollars come from and apologized, inviting spunky GM spokesmodel Bob Lutz to talk about the much-hyped hybrid on the show. In the end, though, Letterman's mea culpa seemed pretty half-hearted, and the Volt came off looking a little stodgy. Now, Letterman's late-night rival, Jay Leno, has dropped kicked the Volt too, saying that he's not going to be first in line to get one because it doesn't really excite him: "It's not like...

  • Bob Lutz at 2008 NAIAS
    Report: Lotus Looking To Hire Bob Lutz And Tom Purves

    It didn’t take long for the Bob Lutz name to make the automotive headlines again, following his very public retirement from General Motors just two months ago. The latest word is that Lutz, together with former BMW exec Tom Purves, will be hired by Lotus to help advise on the niche automaker’s...

  • Cadillac Converj Concept
    Cadillac Converj Well And Truly Dead

    One of the most exciting cars from last 2009’s Detroit Auto Show was the Cadillac Converj Concept, which General Motors used to showcase its plug-in hybrid technology in a luxury platform. Despite the concept featuring one of the most striking designs we’ve seen in a while, GM’s...

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    GM: Bob Lutz To Retire May 1

    Bob Lutz, still going strong at 78 years old, is finally looking seriously at retirement.

  • Cadillac Converj Concept
    Cadillac Converj Cleared For Production, Says Lutz

    The Cadillac Converj extended range electric luxury coupe made its concept debut at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

  • Jay Leno Chevrolet Camaro Concept
    Lutzed Again: Twin-Turbo V-6 Chevrolet Camaro May Be In The Works

    A twin-turbo V-6 Camaro would do battle with the likes of the next-gen Mustang GT.

  • Bob Lutz with the Cadillac CTS-V

    The more useful version of the Cadillac CTS-V would be a boon to wagon fans everywhere.

  • 2009 Cadillac CTS-V
    Bob Lutz Cadillac CTS-V Challenge Results Announced

    The Cadillac CTS-V Challenge will take place on October 29 at the Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, N.Y.

  • 2010 Jaguar XFR
    Jaguar Wimps Out Of Cadillac CTS-V Challenge

    Jaguar is reportedly worried about the 2010 XFR’s brakes not last lasting the necessary five laps.

  • 2010 Buick LaCrosse First Drive
    Lutz: Buick To Become 'The New Class Of World Class'

    The new advertising tagline takes over the job from 'Take a look at me now.'

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