You’re probably thinking to yourself about what a knothole — a hole in a piece of lumber where a knot has been — has to do with General Motors, let alone what makes it a process. Well it just so happens that GM must not care for what the dictionary says, because to GM North America president Mark Reuss, it’s what he calls his plan on winning over loyal fans of the competition such as Toyota and Honda.
The “Knothole Process”, a method developed by former GM product whiz Bob Lutz, is an intricate screening process lead on by a team of former automotive journalists to decide whether or not the ride in development is up to snuff with the rest of the segment in the U.S. Market. In fact, the Knothole had a lot to do with the reason as to why the Chevrolet Orlando isn’t sold in the U.S. market. It is also a reason a few unnamed models have been delayed and others canceled. But hey, if the vehicles aren’t good enough to get past the Knothole, then chances are they should have been (delayed or ‘nixed altogether).
Source: The Detroit Bureau