Tour of Bob Lutz's Garage - Autoline After Hours 158





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Published on Jul 27, 2012

How do you find the proper title for a man like Bob Lutz? In the end, there's really only one choice: Automotive Icon. He's been everywhere from BMW to Ford to GM to Lotus, and he hasn't quit yet. This week, he gives Autoline After Hours the unique honor to visit his farm where we'll get to tour his extensive collection of automobiles and motorcycles. For the man who could own just about anything, what does he choose to keep in his garage? We'll find out. But, we won't let him go without asking what he thinks of the state of GM now that he's no longer the much-vaunted vice chairman. And, is Lotus going to survive? On hand to do the hard work of hanging out with the ultimate car guy is John McElroy and Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist.

Comments • 18

Fred Nordie
Your cameraman sucks. He's in his own world. Here's a tip, when someone is talking about something specific, focus on that object so we can see what he's talking about!!!
nigel nuj
They should've just attached a go pro to bob lutz's head.
O- Tay
Maximum Bob.
Two Much!! That full grille custom design is superb, to say the least. Why didn't Chevy think of that? Finishing those two vehicles was time consuming, and then some.
I read Lutz's 1st book and every auto company needs someone like him. He's got a knack for being able to see what will sell and what won't. He was courageous enough to stand up to the beancounters.
John Techwriter
As in, the Pontiac Solstice?
I'd trade my 2000 Deville for the XTS Bob. :)
0:57:06 Hi Jim!
I loved listening to Bob talk about everything, really enjoyable. It felt like I was talking to an old friend.
The 8-Bit Guy
I love the Volt!
Merkur was FORD being dumb. If Lutz had anything to do with that, it was to enthuse FORD to bring the Sierra coupe and sedan (XR4Ti and Scorpio) to the US. A great idea but FORD did it wrong, opening a new brand instead of selling the cars as Mercurys, plus the cars didn't appeal in the US as in Europe. Mixed and poor messaging doomed Merkur. Lutz has not be wrong, the companies just kept screwing it up or never took the time to really make it work. (fin)
Bob Lutz was a product designer and director, not one of the money men in charge. He was not responsible for Pontiac's demise. The US Govt demanded GM shut it down, despite making a come back with the G8 and Solstice. GM spend a long time keeping Pontiac down for Chevy's sake. The Solstice was to be a volume car, but had a slow start, hitting 20K units a year before being shut down, not 2 years into its run. No one saw 2008 coming. (con'd)
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