The Truth About Cars » Maximum http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Maximum http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Whitacre Shakes Up GM Management. Again. Still. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/whitacre-shakes-up-gm-management-again-still/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/whitacre-shakes-up-gm-management-again-still/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2009 15:20:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=338089 The AP reports that GM’s Ed Whitacre is reshuffling executives, turning an already-nervous RenCen on its head. Whitacre has elevated global engineering boss Mark Reuss to take charge of US operations, not an entirely surprising decision as the former Holden boss’s star had clearly been rising. Considerably more shocking was Whitacre’s decision to strip Bob […]

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Can this man hold onto American market share? (themotorreport.com.au)

The AP reports that GM’s Ed Whitacre is reshuffling executives, turning an already-nervous RenCen on its head. Whitacre has elevated global engineering boss Mark Reuss to take charge of US operations, not an entirely surprising decision as the former Holden boss’s star had clearly been rising. Considerably more shocking was Whitacre’s decision to strip Bob Lutz of his marketing position and roll that responsibility into Susan Docherty’s Sales position. But don’t cry for the man called Maximum: Lutz will remain vice-chairman, will become “an adviser on global product development,” personally advising Whitacre on the auto industry. Nick Reilley, who has been GM’s international fix-it man, has been appointed President of GM Europe, while Diana Tremblay has been named vice president, Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “I want to give people more responsibility and authority deeper in the organization and then hold them accountable,” Whitacre said in GM’s statement, found here.

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Quote Of The Day: Maximum Eulogy Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/quote-of-the-day-maximum-eulogy-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/quote-of-the-day-maximum-eulogy-edition/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2009 23:21:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=337741 Fritz was and is an outstanding executive, and I’m very sorry to see him go. You can argue there never is a good time for any of this, but in this case, the timing is particularly inopportune… He guided General Motors through perhaps the most difficult period in its history. I think all of us […]

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Fritz was and is an outstanding executive, and I’m very sorry to see him go. You can argue there never is a good time for any of this, but in this case, the timing is particularly inopportune… He guided General Motors through perhaps the most difficult period in its history. I think all of us were surprised and the whole General Motors team I think is genuinely saddened over what transpired

GM Marketing boss “Maximum” Bob Lutz eulogizes his erstwhile boss at the Los Angeles Auto Show [via DetN]. Historians of the Lutzian oeuvre should note that this quote represents MaxBob’s attempt at exercising “enormous skill in the non-answering of [Fritz-related] questions.”

While I wish the timing was different, I don’t think it will set us back. You can dwell on what happened, but that’s not the way I was trained as a Marine. It’s a distraction, but we’ll have a lot to talk about. The public buys cars, they don’t buy management teams.

Though Lutz apparently spoke at length about the Volt and electrification and other matters of great interest [full speech here], these triflings don’t seem to have generated any real media interest. Life after Fritz was the topic du jour, underlining Lutz’s point about the whole timing thing. And don’t worry, we’ll find out what really happened… someday. “You will have to wait until I publish my next book,” Lutz teased the crowd. “Presumably when I retire, possibly several years from now.”

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