In 2001, eight months before he was hired by General Motors to become new product czar, Bob Lutz dismissed some adventurous designs at the Detroit auto show as “angry appliances.” To the delight of the press, he said some looked like trash compactors and snowplows. He didn't name names, but some of his barbs clearly were aimed at concepts shown by the struggling DaimlerChrysler Corp., which had just fired President Jim Holden and was going through a gut-wrenching reorganization. The ...
Premium Content (PAID Subscription Required)
"Printer-friendly" is part of the paid WardsAuto Premium content. You must log in with Premium credentials in order to access this article. Premium paid subscribers also gain access to:
All of WardsAuto's reliable, in-depth industry reporting and analysis
Hundreds of downloadable data tables including:
• Global sales and production data by country
• U.S. model-line inventory data
• Engine and equipment installation rates
• WardsAuto's North America Plant by Platform forecast
• Product Cycle chart
• Interrelationships among major OEMs
• Medium- and heavy-duty truck volumes
• Historical data and much more!
Current subscribers, please login or CLICK for support information.