Posts Tagged ‘Bob Lutz

07
Dec
09

Buick Considering Regal Sport Wagon

Opel Insignia OPC Sport Tourer

I am a huge fan of the new Buick Regal which is the Opel Insignia made in Germany.  Since the announcement of the Buick Regal the rumor mill has started about getting a Buick Regal GS.  This is not to far fetched as the Opel Insignia OPC  has a 2.8L turbocharged V6 with AWD.  The GS would be unbelievable.  A Buick Regal GS would definitely be something to change the perception of Buick.

I do not know what it is but of late I have been really drawn to wagons.  I guess it is just a phase I am in.   Leave it to Bob Lutz at GM to leave you hanging on things he says are in the works at General Motors.  I was heart broken when he was shot down after he said the Holden Commodore (the Pontiac G8) would be transformed into a Chevrolet.  Well anyways after the news of the Buick Regal Bob Lutz was heard to say that it is in the plans to have a Buick Regal Wagon.  I just hope that the Buick Regal Sport Wagon comes with the same styling as the Opel Insignia OPC Sport Tourer.

So this is my pleading case to Bob Lutz and GM please do  not screw this Buick Regal up.  Bring the Buick Regal GS and also break out the Buick Regal Sport Wagon!  Art Gamblin Motors Buick

Pictures Provided By Autoblog

GM Considering 335-hp Buick Regal GS, Regal Sport Wagon – egmCarTech

Buick Considering Regal Wagon in addition to high-power gs – leftlanenews

Blazing Buicks 335-hp Regal GS, Regal Sport Wagon – Car and Driver

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03
Dec
09

GM CEO Resigns

GM just announced that president and CEO Fritz Henderson has resigned from the company.  The decision came during a GM board meeting where Fritz Henderson offered his resignation.  Chairman Ed Whitacre will fill the CEO role on an interim basis—adding it to his chairman duties—until a new president and CEO can be found, a process GM says will commence immediately.

Whitacre, who lives in Texas, will not seek to add the CEO job to his chairman duties full time, but added that he will now work from GM’s Renaissance Center headquarters in Detroit on a daily basis. “We now need to accelerate our progress toward . . . a return to profitability and repaying the American and Canadian tax payers as soon as possible,” added Whitacre.

The split was described as a decision taken equally between the GM board and Henderson, and that all parties agreed “changes needed to be made.” No further reason was given, but the suddenness of Henderson’s departure speaks otherwise. Indeed, one statement was that the “board decided and that Fritz agreed” it was time for the longtime GM man to go.

Henderson was scheduled to appear at this week’s L.A. auto show, but his duties there will be handled by Bob Lutz, who is staying with the company. Daily operations will not be affected.

Article Provided By Car & Driver

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egmCartech

Free Press

Edmunds Inside Line

Auto Observer

Autoblog

16
Nov
09

Cadillac Converj has green light!

General Motors Co. has decided to produce the Cadillac Converj, an extended-range electric car using the same technology as the Chevrolet Volt.

Cadillac included the Converj, a concept car that wowed industry critics and the public at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, in a presentation made to the automaker’s board of directors Nov. 2, according to sources familiar with the production plan.

A production date has not been set, and it likely will be a few years before consumers can buy a Converj.

“Cadillac needs as much excitement in its portfolio as possible, so I think it’s a good strategy for them,” said Rebecca Lindland, director of auto industry research at IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Mass.

Before GM emerged from bankruptcy July 10 with about $50 billion in federal aid, company executives said there were no plans to build the angular Converj.

At the auto show, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said if the Converj was approved, the production model would resemble the concept, likening it to the Chevrolet Camaro’s evolution from concept to production.

Lutz said it would have been easier financially to produce a Cadillac electric vehicle first because a premium brand would command a higher sticker price, which in turn would help defray the cost of lithium-ion batteries.

The Converj will expand the number of electric vehicles offered by GM and spread the technology’s cost. GM is spending more than $1 billion on the Volt program alone and opening a battery pack assembly factory in Brownstown Township. GM’s German carmaker Adam Opel GmbH will produce an Ampera model in 2011 that uses the same underpinnings.

The electrification of vehicles is seen as a growth area in the auto industry, and rival automakers have launched electric vehicle plans to cut the dependence on foreign oil.

The Volt, scheduled for production in November/December 2010, will let commuters travel up to 40 miles on electric power. The engine kicks in after its battery is drained by about 70 percent to sustain the battery’s remaining charge to keep the car running for several hundred miles.

The decision to build the Converj excited dealers.

Cadillac sells a hybrid version of its Cadillac Escalade, but Scott Allen, a dealer in California, hears from customers who don’t normally think of the large SUV as a traditional hybrid.

“A snazzy-looking little car like that would be cool” said Allen.

Article Provided by Detroit News Click Here

Links:

Click Here for Motor Trend’s Article on Cadillac Converj

Click Here for Leftlanenews.com Article on Cadillac Converj

Click Here for Autoblogs Article on Cadillac Converj

Click Here for egmCarTech.com Article on Cadillac Converj

Click Here for egmCarTech.com Article on GM considering Cadillac Converj

Click Here for CNBC on Cadillac Conerj Electric Vehicle

06
Oct
09

2011 Chevrolet Caprice

Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle

A few months ago Bob Lutz from General Motors made the mistake when asked if the Pontiac G8 where to be part of the Chevrolet stable he announced that they would be making a Chevrolet Caprice.  The buzz around car forums was electric as one of GM’s most popular cars in the past few years (the Pontiac G8) would be making a comeback as a Chevrolet.  Following Lutz’s remarks he was quickly shut down by GM CEO Fritz Henderson.  So the hope for a Pontiac G8 return was quickly shut down.

Yesterday Chevrolet announced that the Chevrolet Caprice will be making a return but not for you or me but for the boys in blue.  Yes the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice is a police vehicle.  After I first saw the pictures of the car I was impressed but it did not look like the Pontiac G8.  Let me just refresh you on the Pontiac G8.  The Pontiac G8 was really the Australian built Holden Commodore.  Once Pontiac announced its doors and factory lines would come to an end so did the Pontiac G8.  The RWD Australian product was just catching on with American consumers and it sales numbers in 2009 where the highest they had ever been.  So I have been waiting anxiously to see if GM or Chevrolet would make a move with Holden and bring back the Commodore and rebadge it as a Impala.

Now we have a Chevrolet Caprice but is not a Holden Commodore but is on the Zeta platform.  The Zeta platform is the same as the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.  In the middle east they have a Chevrolet Caprice already and is on the Zeta-platform.  There also currently is the Holden Caprice.  In the middle east the Chevrolet Caprice won a couple of awards in the luxury car segement.  Chevy claims, “it is indisputable that the Chevrolet Caprice is indeed one of the world’s best large luxury sedans.”  The talk is that the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice will be built in the Oshawa, Ontario plant in Canada (same plant as the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro).

2009 Chevrolet Caprice

The 2011 Caprice will come loaded with a 6.0L V8 Engine, which offers fuel-saving technology like Active Fuel Management and E85 capability, produces 355-hp with a maximum torque of 384 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Chevrolet Caprice can go 0 to 60 mph in the sub 6-second range.

So the question I am left pondering will the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice make it to dealership floors?  I hope so.  The designs out of Holden in Australia are awesome!

Video on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice via egmCarTech – Click Here

Article via egmCarTech on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Autoblog on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice  – Click Here

Article via Edmunds Inside Line “Straightline” on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Motor Trend on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Edmunds Inside Line on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Automotive.com on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice  – Click Here

Article via Car and Driver on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

11
Sep
09

GM 60 Day Gurantee

There is a huge change coming to General Motors Company,

Leading the change is new Chairman Edward Whitacre, Whitacre who joined GM during its bankruptcy process and remained fairly quiet until this month.   The former AT&T Chief does not have much experience in the business but is acting fast to clean up GM.  It was reported earlier this month that Whitacre is being “frighteningly direct” with the top-level executives and is asking to see improvement in sales, market share and profitability. He said that if those changes don’t happen soon, there will be significant consequences.

Whitacre is also leading GM’s new advertising campaign along with Bob Lutz called “May the Best Car Win.”

The campaign started with a website “thebestcarwins”  which was a survey to rank cars in 5 categories.   Fuel Efficiency, Safety, Quality, Performance, the Best.   It was surprising for me to see what everyone thought.  So far the survey had Honda picked as #1 in quality that was interesting as they have been not in the top tier of J.D. Powers Initial Quality ratings for quite some time.

In part with the new ad campaign of “May the Best Car Win” GM with a 60 second commercial Whitacre speaks about GM’s new incentive where buyers of a new Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC will be able to return their vehicle within 60 days if they are not happy with it.  So that means buy a new car and if you are not happy bring it back.

Thanks to EGMCarTech




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