DETROIT – If there’s a black cloud over the generally sunny reviews bathing Bob Lutz since he took over as GM’s product development chief, it’s in the shape of the ’04 Pontiac GTO he pushed into production. Built in Australia and based on GM Holden Ltd.’s Monaro rear-wheel-drive platform, the revival of the famed original GTO “muscle car” of the 1960s was aimed at quickly bolstering Pontiac’s low-on-testosterone lineup now that the redoubtable Firebird is gone. Lutz played a key role ...

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