Former General Motors executive, Bob Lutz, hasn’t shied away from the auto industry upon leaving his tenure at all three Detroit automakers. But, VLF Automotive, his latest endeavor, may be looking to head home to his roots.
Currently, the VLF Destino is the only production vehicle offered from Lutz’s latest company, itself a rebodied Fisker Karma with a potent 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8 engine under the hood. However, MLive reports the automaker has Detroit, Michigan on its radar to produce a higher-volume model in the future.
“We’re really focused on growing the companies in Michigan especially, and creating the jobs here and not sending anything overseas or outside of Michigan,” fellow VLF executive Gilbert Villarreal said.
The report states VLF is looking to produce a future model with a 1,000-unit production target initially. That’s much higher than the current 50-unit production for the Destino. Currently, the Destina is assembled by a handful of workers in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Villarreal said the automaker would be honored to be a part of Detroit’s comeback story, following the great recession.
“We weathered that storm and now it’s great to see Detroit coming back,” Villarreal said. “And being part of Detroit and that renaissance would be incredible.”