Steane Klose | Feb 10, 2009

Maximum Bob has today announced his retirement from GM. Bob Lutz, the current Vice President, Global Product Development, will from the 1st of April assume the role of Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor, before retiring at the end of this year.

GM has promoted Thomas G. Stephens to the role being vacated by the cigar chomping, jet fighter flying, unnaturally tanned Lutz. Stephens, 60, is currently Executive Vice President, Global Powertrain and Global Quality.

"Bob Lutz was already a legendary automotive product guy when he rejoined GM in 2001," Wagoner said, "and he's added to that by leading the creation of a string of award-winning vehicles for GM during his time here. His 46 years of experience in the global automotive business have been invaluable to us. I've personally learned a great deal from Bob and have very much enjoyed the time we've worked together," said GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner

Lutz has a place in the heart of many an Aussie GM fan. He was behind the decision to import the Monaro into the US and later the Commodore from our local Holden outfit, fleshing out the Pontiac brand with some quality product - the 2004 GTO and the current G8. Unfortunately for Lutz, GM and Holden, neither decision has proven to be particularly successful - the G8 affected by 'timing' in arriving into a collapsing market. Bob Lutz's appreciation of V8 powered rear-wheel drive sedans however hasn’t been lost on us.

Then of course there is the Chevy Volt. Lutz and the Volt have been as tight as a Big Mac and two all-beef patties ever since we first saw the concept back in 2007. Lutz will depart his office at GM before the Volt goes into production, sometime in 2010.

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