We all know Bob Lutz is no fan of Tesla and CEO Elon Musk. We can’t begin to count how many times Lutz has taken on Musk and Tesla’s business to challenge its ideas and operations. But, the media loves Musk and his “wild ideas,” as Lutz called them.
And that irks Lutz. USA Today reported on Tuesday that the former General Motors, Ford and Chrysler executive thinks the media gives Musk a free pass on his crazy ventures. He went on to say if a traditional automaker, like one of Detroit’s Big Three, announced something similar, the media wouldn’t be so thrilled.
“He keeps announcing these wild ideas, like flying to Mars, and the media covers it and then they let it go,” said Lutz. “There’s no way they’d do the same if GM or Ford were announcing this same stuff.”
Musk’s most recent round of headlines came when he promised to produce a Tesla pickup truck following the Model Y crossover. It’s yet another product in the pipeline at the Silicon Valley-based carmaker. Tesla has produced the Model S and Model X for years and recently launched the Model 3, though the automaker’s had problems mass producing the affordable electric car. Following the Model 3, Musk announced the 2020 Roadster and the Tesla Semi. The Model Y is in the mix, and now a pickup truck is on the radar.
Lutz again urged Detroit’s automakers to boast more about their own accomplishments and even said he’s emailed top executives at the companies to encourage the practice. The former GM executive was pleased after GM CEO Mary Barra shared her automaker’s plans for 20 new electric cars by 2023 and shared plans for a commercial self-driving car service sometime in 2019.