For all the good and bad things any of us could say about former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, you can’t argue with one thing: He’s a straight shooter who speaks his mind.
Lutz, who officially retired from GM on May 1, 2010, seems to have an opinion on just about everything and everyone, for better or for worse. He’s even pontificated on Ferdinand Piëch, former chairman of VW Group’s supervisory board.
It’s an exit interview Lutz did with David Kiley from Popular Mechanics, right after his retirement in 2010. Lutz, with cigar in hand, talks about how Piëch is “mad genius” and “not a person I would particularly want to work for.”
But set aside Piëch’s “personal idiosyncrasies” and you have “without question, I think the greatest living product guy…my role model when it comes to a detailed, laser-like focus on product excellence,” says the former Vice Chariman.
It’s a neat blast from the past and you can catch the clip below.