Lutz designs!

Bob Lutz interviewed by bloggers in Detroit, as covered by Autoblog Green:

I need to correct a misperception. I am not head of design. The head of design is one of my direct reports. I’m afraid I am not sufficiently artistically gifted to act as a designer, but as a kid I wanted to be a car designer. One evening my father said let me see your drawings. No, that’s not gonna make it. Why don’t you get a business degree instead?

Bob Lutz sketches a Saab as he envisions a Saab should be, as covered in Dagens Industri:

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Well, he basically (sort of) drew a 900, which is a good sign. Gotta be pleased with that.

I’m also glad he took his Dad’s advice.

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Thanks again to ctm, who is creating more material than me at the moment due to this family visit.

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10 Comments

  1. Sorry for the 2nd post, but I can’t resist asking since you’re an expert on these. What do you think this Viggen is worth, should look familiar to you.
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  2. Bob was educated in production management and also has an MBA. His credentials both academically and professionally are very impressive. Even if not being “artistic”, Bob is a true “car guy”. We are lucky to have him in GM and indirectly in Saab !

  3. Ted, that’s a pretty clean Viggen.

    80K miles is about 130K kms, so it’s done about 50K more than mine, which I purchased for A$22,000 (but I got mine for about $3,000 less than what it was worth due to some repair issues the seller didn’t tell me about up front). I’d put this one somewhere around $20,000 to $23,000 in Australian dollars, but it’d be cheaper there in the US where 8 years is a fair age for a car and they start cheaper to begin with.

    This certainly looks like a pretty nice example though, from the outside at least. As with 9-5s of this era, you’d want to satisfy yourself as to the oil sludge situation.

    It’d be very interesting to know what their reserve is.

    You thinking of going for a Viggen? It’s a fantastic car. My front shockers are getting fitted as I type this and I can’t wait to pick it up again in a few hours.

  4. While you wait for your shocks, I’m waiting to get my speedometer done. I have no gauges! All I see is the speedo cable and lots of wires. Ugggh.

    But … at least I can still drive mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Swade,
    Thanks for the response. I was only half awake and posted under the wrong topic. But, yes, I’m keeping an eye on that one. I’m not a fan of the OG9-3, but the Viggen is special and I love that shade of blue, especially on the interior. It’s about an 11 hour drive from here and it would sure be a fun drive back;-)

  6. well, at least Lutz knows which model has all the important styling cues needed in future models ๐Ÿ˜‰

    now we just need him to finish the sketch.

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