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Exit Lutz

We all know Lutz achievement at GM. Before he came in to joining GM in the year 2001, product had taken a back seat to profit and the business end of the business for the 25 to 30 years. Things had devolved into a numbers-based, customer clinic-based business model. Design quality had deteriorated since Bill Mitchell ran design. Now design comes first.

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That said, We need to look at his failures, its only fair. Outright he was good for GM.

His failure to champion communication and electronic technology at GM especially Bluetooth and Navigation was his greatest short coming.


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I for one was very disappointed that GM did not offer navigation and Bluetooth in its Kappa and also in the New Malibu and Aura. Clearly by the time GM brought these to market, evidence was there that this was a trend. But Lutz is too old school to realize that a Kappa buyer would probably pay for the navigation option.
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He lets these vehicles come to market with the same old radio that is found in all other vehicles. Heck even Chrysler offers navigation in all its vehicles now. GM is dead last. Still pushing old school green arrows on an old school radio dials unit.
This is not the 80’s.


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The lack of interior room in the STS despite its dimensions was a disappointment. Sales attest to that. The other failure I can think of was a commitment to global expansion without the willingness to make it happen.
What is the point of a MCE on H2 without a right hand drive version and a diesel? Or the SRX? What about Escalade and the Tahoe? Why does Lutz think the LandCruiser is such a hit? Why did they take the CTS to Europe without a 4 cylinder model, both diesel and petrol? These oversights ensure the brands a locked out of the two most vital global markets. Britain and Japan.
Why is the US Malibu not a global car? Chevy Europe could use it. Better interior materials, navigation, A change in some styling, a diesel 4 banger stripper with manual six speed, a right hand drive model and somewhat different styling and you have a global car.

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