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  1. Business Blog

    March 5, 2014

    Brand neglect invites the elephant into the showroom

    Straight-talking Karl-Thomas Neumann, chief executive of Opel, has given the world of reputation management a useful new...

  2. November 1, 2011

    Do complex supply chains make you too vulnerable?

    THE PROBLEM Companies such as Apple and several Japanese carmakers have seen their supply chains disrupted by natural...

  1. September 2, 2011

    Lutz returns to GM as adviser

    General Motors has brought Bob Lutz out of retirement to advise its senior leadership team. The advisory mandate will mark...

  2. August 25, 2011

    20 questions: Bob Lutz

    Born in 1932, Bob Lutz served in the US marines before joining GM in 1963. It was the start of a 47-year career in the car...

  3. June 23, 2011

    Motormouth details invasion of moneymen

    Car Guys vs Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business, by Bob Lutz, Portfolio, $26.95 “Look, people,” Bob...

  4. March 19, 2010

    Taking a Leaf out of Nissan’s book

    The Leaf, the electric runabout that Nissan will build at its Sunderland factory, will be the first mass-market car in...

  5. March 19, 2010

    Taking a Leaf out of Nissan's book

    The Leaf, the electric runabout that Nissan will build at its Sunderland factory , will be the first mass-market car in...

  6. March 5, 2010

    Green sports cars

    Enzo Ferrari would be flabbergasted. The eponymous founder of the Italian sports car brand only began selling road cars in...

  7. March 4, 2010

    Lutz to step down as GM vice-chairman

    General Motors yesterday announced the retirement of Bob Lutz, its vice-chairman, bringing down the curtain on a legendary...

  8. March 3, 2010

    Lutz to step down as GM vice-chairman

    General Motors on Wednesday announced the retirement of Bob Lutz, its vice-chairman, bringing down the curtain on a...

  9. March 3, 2010

    GM blames recall of 1.3m cars on supplier linked to Toyota

    General Motors has blamed a supplier partly owned by Toyota for a faulty car part that led to the recall of 1.3m Chevrolet...

  10. March 3, 2010

    Toyota link to GM's recall of 1.3m cars

    General Motors has blamed a supplier partly owned by Toyota for a faulty car part that led to the recall of 1.3m Chevrolet...

  11. March 2, 2010

    GM blames recall on Toyota supplier

    General Motors has blamed a supplier partly owned by Toyota for a faulty car part that led to the recall of 1.3m Chevrolet...

  12. January 12, 2010

    Some US traditions die hard in Detroit

    John Gapper: One of the pleasures of Detroit, where I am for the annual motor show, is that, despite the intense upheaval...

  13. December 5, 2009

    Acting GM chief moves to stamp his authority

    Just three days after sacking Fritz Henderson as chief executive, General Motors' chairman and acting chief executive Ed...

  14. December 5, 2009

    GM shakes up management team

    General Motors has shaken up its management team just three days after Fritz Henderson was sacked as chief executive. Ed...

  15. December 4, 2009

    Acting GM chief launches major reshuffle

    General Motors has shaken up its management team just three days after Fritz Henderson was sacked as chief executive. Ed...

  16. December 1, 2009

    Henderson ousted from top of GM

    General Motors ousted Fritz Henderson as chief executive on Tuesday night in a surprise move that will see the ailing US...

  17. September 10, 2009

    GM offers money-back guarantee

    General Motors will become the first major carmaker to offer a full money-back guarantee on its vehicles as part of an...

  18. July 14, 2009

    Lutz sharpens GM brand focus

    Buick will be General Motors' main weapon against Toyota's Lexus in the upscale North American car market, while the...

  19. July 14, 2009

    Lutz sharpens GM brand focus

    Cadillac will be General Motors' main weapon against rival European luxury marques such as Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes Benz,...

  20. July 13, 2009

    Lutz sharpens GM brand focus

    Buick will be General Motors’ main weapon against Toyota’s Lexus in the upscale North American car market, while the...

  21. July 9, 2009

    GM cleared to exit bankruptcy

    General Motors is set to emerge as a new company on Friday, completing an unexpectedly swift and smooth journey through...

  22. June 1, 2009

    Hopes for rebirth but Chapter 11 risks remain

    General MotorsEven some of Rick Wagoner's most ardent fans acknowledge that his ousting as General Motors chief executive...

  23. May 31, 2009

    Wagoner’s GM exit is a blessing in disguise

    Even some of Rick Wagoner’s most ardent fans at General Motors acknowledge that his ousting as chief executive two months...

  24. May 13, 2009

    GM sinks to fresh low as Chapter 11 looms

    General Motors' shares slid to their lowest level in more than 70 years yesterday amid growing signs the Detroit carmaker...

  25. May 13, 2009

    GM sinks to fresh low as Chapter 11 looms

    General Motors' shares slid to their lowest level in more than 70 years yesterday amid increasingly loud signals that the...

  26. May 12, 2009

    GM sinks to fresh low as Chapter 11 looms

    General Motors’ shares slid to their lowest level in more than 70 years on Tuesday amid increasingly loud signals that the...

  27. March 30, 2009

    Profile: GM’s Rick Wagoner

    Richard Wagoner’s week just went from bad to worse. On Thursday night, his beloved Duke University “Blue Devils” basketball...

  28. February 12, 2009

    Goodbye, Lutz

    John Gapper's blog: I have never known quite what to make of Bob Lutz, the "product tsar" of General Motors, who has...

  29. February 10, 2009

    GM 'product guru' leaves the driving seat

    Bob Lutz, General Motors' vice-chairman and product planning chief, will retire at the end of the year, bringing down the...

  30. February 9, 2009

    GM ‘product guru’ leaves the driving seat

    Bob Lutz, General Motors vice-chairman and product planning chief, will retire at the end of the year, bringing down the...

  31. January 13, 2009

    Fuel price volatility slows the drive to go green

    Nervousness is mounting in the motor industry that a prolonged period of low petrol prices could jeopardise the viability of...

  32. January 13, 2009

    Fuel price volatility slows the drive to go green

    Nervousness is mounting in the motor industry that a prolonged period of low petrol prices could jeopardise the viability...

  33. January 12, 2009

    Fuel price volatility slows the drive to go green

    Nervousness is mounting in the motor industry that a prolonged period of low petrol prices could jeopardise the viability of...

  34. December 10, 2008

    How good a CEO is Rick Wagoner?

    From Mr Paul Grego. Sir, Bob Lutz, General Motors’ vice-chairman, hailed his boss, Rick Wagoner, as “the best CEO ”...

  35. December 9, 2008

    Detroit veteran defends GM chief

    Bob Lutz, General Motors' vice-chairman and an icon of the Detroit car industry, mounted a vigorous defence yesterday of...

  36. December 8, 2008

    Detroit veteran defends GM chief

    Bob Lutz, General Motors’ vice-chairman and an icon of the Detroit car industry, mounted a vigorous defence on Monday of the...

  37. July 16, 2008

    GM seeks 'self-help' on road to recovery

    When General Motors held its annual meeting in early June, senior managers were well aware that soaring fuel prices and the...

  38. July 16, 2008

    GM seeks 'self-help' on road to recovery

    When General Motors held its annual meeting in early June, senior managers were well aware that soaring fuel prices and the...

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