Your Nominations Please: The First Annual Bob Lutz Award
Hollywood has the Oscar. Nashville has the Grammy. Broadway has the Tony. And TTAC has the "Lutzie." The Lutzie is our award for the industry executive who made the most outlandish statement or statements, demonstrated a total disconnect with reality and/or inserted their pedal extremity firmly into their oral cavity with alarming regularity. We're looking to you for nominations, starting today. Tell us who you think is most deserving of the award and give us a quote that illustrates their worth in a comment below. We'll take nominations until 6 PM EST Wednesday and open the final voting on Friday. Voting will end 6 PM EST Sunday and we'll announce the winner Monday. And yes, GM Car Czar Maximum Bob Lutz is eligible.
Nominations are closed. Voting will start Friday morning and run through 6PM EST Sunday. Results will be announced Monday Morning.
@Skooter and Jerome10 Jerome10 “Yet all we hear is people here tearing this guy a new one. Why does he not get the benefit of the doubt? Cause he works for General Motors?” I believe he hit the proverbial nail right on the head… I'll have to repeat this one then. I have, for years, found Lutz completely out of connection with what's actually going on in the world - and this quote from Newsweek couldn't sum it up any better. “I believe strongly that this country has to get off oil,” he says, sitting beside a massive V-16 engine on display in his office. “The electrification of the automobile is inevitable.”
ex-GM CEO Jack Smith. When he said this oh so many years ago, it was a rare moment of insight into the minds of GM's executives of the time -- the mindset that led, expectedly, to today's GM: poor product, a messed-up brand identity, overlapping brands, free-fall market share. Smith's quote: "We're not in the business of making cars; we're in the business of making money!" I imagine he said it with a smug grin on his face. Fool forgot that it's the cars that make the money.
@Kman Some years ago I was present at a meeting where a GM executive was exhorting us to reach for the stars: "Guys, we gotta move the metal! Gotta get the metal out of the factories, out of the lots, outta here. And I'm going to show you how." They might as well have been making nails.
@ bluecon You gotta give the guy credit. We are suffering through the coldest winter in decades, Localized - average temperatures, worldwide, are rising. all the ice and more has returned to the Arctic, To the contrary - there's never been as dramatic a reduction of the Arctic ice sheet as that experienced now. People are planning supertanker traffic in the Northwest and Northeast passages. the snow cover is at the greatest level ever Ask Greenlanders about that one -- Bjørn Lomborg shows to variations in the snow cover, but that's being strongly disputed by more current data. and all the GW of the last 100 years has been reversed and he states that GW is a bunch of baloney. Really? Reversed? Seems to be the only guy willing to state the obvious and without fear of the attack lefty press. I'm not swallowing the GW mantra in any uncritical fashion. Have still not seen Gore's presentation, for instance, but probably because I've been keeping on top of this through scientific research, and didn't need the popularized version. That famous left wing institution The National Geographic seems to disagree with your data points above, though -- and I find it mystical that you can believe this ...