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Lutz steps down as GM product guru


Bob Lutz, General Motors’ product boss who took the Holden Monaro and Commodore into the US as Pontiacs, is retiring at the end of the year

Tom Stephens will replace Lutz (76) who steps down as vice chairman of global product development on April 1. He’ll work out the year as a GM vice chairman and senior advisor.

GM chairman, Rick Wagoner, says Lutz will provide “strategic input into GM’s global design and key product initiatives until his retirement (in December).”

“Bob Lutz was already a legendary automotive product guy when he rejoined GM in 2001,” Wagoner said.

“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.”

Lutz, a former Marines jet fighter pilot, was known as Maximum Bob for his plain-speaking, no-nonsense style.


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