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:


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.


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

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  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.

  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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