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Bob Lutz has had enough of the Volt flaming

Bob Lutz has never been one to back down from a fight. The former Marine has served at a number of car companies over the decades including General Motors, BMW, Ford, and Chrysler. Most recently, Lutz served at GM's Vice Chairman for Special Advisor Design and Global Product Development.
 
When it comes to hardcore "car guys" in the auto industry, there aren't many as rabid as Lutz. In recent years, Lutz is responsible for spearheading the development of enthusiast-oriented vehicles like the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac G8, fourth generation Pontiac GTO, Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky, and the upcoming Cadillac Converj (now called the ELR).
 
One of Lutz's most famous "babies", however, has been the Chevrolet Volt. He has been an ardent supporter of the plug-in hybrid, so it should come as no surprise that Lutz is coming to the Volt's defense after a barrage of negative press has rained down on it.


[Source: Patrick Arena/VW Vortex]
 
Lutz, writing in a column for Forbes, went straight after those that have been most critical of the Volt. He rattled off six “truths” about the vehicle including the fact that the Volt was conceived before GM's federal bailout and that no Volt has caught fire on public roads during an accident. Lutz also asserted that 278,000 gasoline-engined vehicles caught fire between 2003 and 2007, but no one seemed to launch an attack campaign against those vehicles.
 
But Lutz saved his harshest criticism for the "right-wing media" which has gone after the Volt with many a hollow-point bullet:
 
But the Oscar for totally irresponsible journalism has to go to The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, with, as its key guest, Lou Dobbs. Amid much jocular yukking, the Volt was depicted as a typical federal failure. In attempting to explain why Chevy has sold fewer than 8,000 Volts, Dobbs states, flatly, “It doesn’t work.” He elaborates, “It doesn’t go fast and go far on electricity. What happens is it catches fire."
 
Lutz then went on to try to clear up any confusion about who enabled the $7,500 tax credit that has been another sore point for people upset over the very existence of the Volt:
 
To top it off, these two media pros lamented the fact that the same government that had forced GM to produce the Volt was now extending $7,500 tax credits towards its purchase, thus squandering even more of “our taxpayer” dollars on this failed Socialist-collectivist flop. Truth? The $7,500 tax credit was enacted under the Bush administration!
 
Lutz’s column comes just days after GM CEO Dan Akerson testified before Congress to defend the Volt's safety record. "The Volt is safe. It's a marvelous machine. It represents so much of what is right at GM and, frankly, American ingenuity and manufacturing," said Akerson in his testimony last week. "The Volt seems, perhaps unfairly, to have become a surrogate for some to offer broader commentary on General Motors' business prospects and administration policy."
 
Late last week, GM introduced a new commercial to put the Volt in a more positive light.

Source: Forbes



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RE: Big Surprise
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/31/2012 7:55:26 PM , Rating: 2
And another thing, Lutz wasn't the CEO of any of those car companies, so I don't see how you could pin any blame on him...

However, his most prominent leadership role was at Chrysler during its most booming period, the 90s. He left in '98.


RE: Big Surprise
By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/2012 8:03:23 PM , Rating: 3
Oh please Brandon. Have some credibility on this. Did you even Wiki the man? He had very high level executive positions. Hell he ran Chrysler's Global Product Development department. You can't claim he's blameless either way.

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However, his most prominent leadership role was at Chrysler during its most booming period, the 90s. He left in '98.


/facepalm

Yeah after their FIRST federal bailout in 1975. Forgot about that one?

Speaking of credibility..

"On February 9, 2009, GM announced that Lutz would step down on April 1, 2009, from his position as Vice Chairman of Global Product Development, to take an advisory role. He was to retire from GM at the end of 2009. Lutz said that one reason for his decision was the increasing regulatory climate in Washington that would force him to design what Federal regulators wanted, rather than what customers wanted. Lutz has expressed skepticism on the issue of global warming."

Talk about a colossal flip-flop...


RE: Big Surprise
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/31/2012 8:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
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So after running 50% of the companies he worked for into the ground to the point that they needed federal bailouts

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Yeah after their FIRST federal bailout in 1975. Forgot about that one?


So Lutz was at Chrysler in the late 70s and early 80s...?


RE: Big Surprise
By Shig on 1/31/12, Rating: -1
RE: Big Surprise
By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/2012 8:40:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Right wing media have made claims that the Chevy Volt's batteries catch fire and 'explode' while driving. This is blatantly false.


Show me proof that they said specifically "while driving". And if they did, that is totally false of course. I'm not going to defend lies or misinformation. You act as if you expect me to.

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Right wing media have made claims that the Chevy Volt was completely funded using taxpayer 'bailout' money. This is blatantly false.


Splitting hairs are we? Without the bailout, there most likely wouldn't BE a Chevy Volt on the road. So is this really a mis-statement? Or just a different point a view?

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Right wing media have made claims that the Chevy Volt is already a failure due to sales numbers. This is blatantly false. The Toyota Prius sold ~5500 units its first year, and it cost half as much. A completely brand new and expensive technology selling 8500+ units it's first year is a success in my book.


You are blatantly wrong here. GM deliberately inflated Volt sales by using thousands of Government fleet purchases. Do you think counting those as "sales" is a legitimate and honest way of reporting the facts? Hell no.

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Right win media have claimed the Volt was 'recalled' due to horrible fire issues.


ALL MEDIA was reporting this. Not "right-wing". Nice try.

You got nothing Shig. Just another leftist moron. Thanks for playing.


RE: Big Surprise
By Shig on 1/31/2012 8:50:27 PM , Rating: 2
Well in the long run numbers will tell the tale, lets see how things go in 2012. Thank you for proving my point about you though.


RE: Big Surprise
By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/2012 8:51:28 PM , Rating: 2
What point? What did I say that wasn't completely true or rational?


RE: Big Surprise
By Shig on 1/31/2012 9:53:13 PM , Rating: 2
Truth and rationality are things you will never understand sir.


RE: Big Surprise
By Kurz on 2/1/2012 4:25:27 AM , Rating: 2
He owned you here.
I think you should just shutup and learn something.


RE: Big Surprise
By tanjali on 1/31/12, Rating: 0
RE: Big Surprise
By YashBudini on 2/1/2012 12:02:17 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody's paying him. Generating hatred is just the current drug of choice.


RE: Big Surprise
By Spuke on 1/31/2012 11:28:16 PM , Rating: 2
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You got nothing Shig. Just another leftist moron. Thanks for playing.
LMAO!!! Can I use this as my forum sig?


RE: Big Surprise
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2012 11:20:03 AM , Rating: 2
With my blessing Spuke :)


RE: Big Surprise
By Masospaghetti on 2/1/2012 12:58:27 PM , Rating: 2
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Splitting hairs are we? Without the bailout, there most likely wouldn't BE a Chevy Volt on the road. So is this really a mis-statement? Or just a different point a view?

The right wing media like to portray the Volt as Obama's golden child and directly funded by his administration when the Volt itself was conceived and developed independently of the government, before the bailout even occured. It's not splitting hairs - this is a major bashing point the media uses, and its completely incorrect.
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You are blatantly wrong here. GM deliberately inflated Volt sales by using thousands of Government fleet purchases.

The federal government bought 131 Volts in May 2011. Do you have any data showing they bought "thousands"?


RE: Big Surprise
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2012 1:04:04 PM , Rating: 1
Obama made the Volt his "golden child" you idiot. He was on TV with the damn thing! He's overflowing the praise on the Volt. It's practically all he's been talking about. Hello?

I said "Government" fleet purchases. That means states too.

You can dick around with the numbers all you want. The fact is consumers, people spending their own money, are simply not buying the Volt.


RE: Big Surprise
By Masospaghetti on 2/1/2012 10:20:18 PM , Rating: 2
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Obama made the Volt his "golden child" you idiot. He was on TV with the damn thing! He's overflowing the praise on the Volt. It's practically all he's been talking about. Hello?...I said "Government" fleet purchases. That means states too.

I asked for a facts, any reference to your claim and you cannot provide one. Instead you insult me. Great way to earn credibility.

The car and the president have very little to do with each other. You're right, Obama "endorsed" the Volt. That doesn't mean it was his idea - because it simply wasn't. Tax dollars were not used to develop the car, nor was the car conceived by some evil Democrats in a back room to force EVs onto the general public.


RE: Big Surprise
By Samus on 2/1/2012 11:39:16 AM , Rating: 2
That is true, Lutz is responsible for the God-awful Neon and PT Cruiser.

As crappy as they were, they did sell quite well.


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