I don’t want to turn this into a GM-blog, but this article is an interesting one.
I’ve heard others ask the question “What the hell is Bob Lutz doing for his salary?” He was lured out of what I assume was ‘retirement’ by GM in 2001 and GM has lost marketshare ever since.
The following article, from BusinessWeek, analyses the design challenges at GM and how they’re looking to overcome these.
It mentions the secret showing of new GM vehicles to selected members of the press earlier this year. By all accounts, and I mean all accounts, these vehicles were butt-kicking cars in the making. All and sundry that came away from that specific glimpse into the future were very, very positive about what they saw.
What I’d love to know is whether or not there was a Saab amongst the cars shown.
Anyway, the article is a well written insight into GM’s challenges from a design vs engineering vs bean counters perspective. Recommended reading.