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June 24, 1999 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a career that spanned 40 years in the auto industry, Robert A. Lutz often displayed a Hollywood flair for the dramatic. Take the 1992 Detroit auto show. Lutz, then the No. 2 executive at Chrysler Corp., unveiled the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee by driving a cherry-red model through a plate-glass window.
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November 20, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Outspoken and colorful auto industry veteran Robert A. Lutz, who has worked for all the major American car companies and retired from General Motors Co. in May, has resurfaced, helping British sports car maker Lotus expand its range of vehicles. "I am convinced that this company has the best team in the history of Lotus. This may be the first time they have had it all together," he said. Lutz, who has spent 47 years in the industry, sat down with The Times at the Los Angeles Auto Show and talked about Lotus and GM's return to the stock market.
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BUSINESS
November 20, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Outspoken and colorful auto industry veteran Robert A. Lutz, who has worked for all the major American car companies and retired from General Motors Co. in May, has resurfaced, helping British sports car maker Lotus expand its range of vehicles. "I am convinced that this company has the best team in the history of Lotus. This may be the first time they have had it all together," he said. Lutz, who has spent 47 years in the industry, sat down with The Times at the Los Angeles Auto Show and talked about Lotus and GM's return to the stock market.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2001 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General Motors Corp.'s new vice chairman and product czar, Robert A. Lutz, was named head of GM North America on Tuesday, signaling an attempt by the world's largest auto maker to return product design and development to the forefront of its business. Lutz replaces Ronald L. Zarrella, who is leaving the company after seven years to become chief executive at his old employer Bausch & Lomb Inc., the optical products maker. Lutz, 69, was a longtime top executive at the former Chrysler Corp.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2001 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General Motors Corp.'s new vice chairman and product czar, Robert A. Lutz, was named head of GM North America on Tuesday, signaling an attempt by the world's largest auto maker to return product design and development to the forefront of its business. Lutz replaces Ronald L. Zarrella, who is leaving the company after seven years to become chief executive at his old employer Bausch & Lomb Inc., the optical products maker. Lutz, 69, was a longtime top executive at the former Chrysler Corp.
SPORTS
April 3, 1993
Did you read that Robert A. Lutz, Chrysler president, makes $2,726,496? Wow! Another half-million and he catches up to Benoit Benjamin. ANDY BYRNE Alhambra
BUSINESS
December 4, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Eaton Elected Chrysler Chairman: Chrysler Corp.'s board formalized the long-expected changing of the guard, voting Robert J. Eaton to replace retiring Lee A. Iacocca as head of the nation's No. 3 auto maker. Eaton, 52, was elected chairman and chief executive during a meeting in New York. The appointment takes effect Jan. 1. Eaton named company President Robert A. Lutz, 60, as chief operating officer, with responsibility for car and truck operations worldwide.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Automotive industry icon Robert A. Lutz said he wanted to retire from General Motors Corp. after the company brings a plug-in electric car to market, possibly sometime in 2010. The 75-year-old Lutz, now GM's vice chairman for global product development, is shepherding development of the Chevrolet Volt, which the company sees as a mainstream electric sedan that can be recharged by plugging it into a household outlet.
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January 14, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Chrysler Corp. today named Robert A. Lutz president in a reorganization setting up a structure for specific vehicle development. The move could be a sign that Lutz, 58, who worked for General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and BMW before joining Chrysler in 1986, is being groomed to succeed Chrysler Chairman Lee A. Iacocca. Another executive seen as having a shot at succeeding Iacocca is Vice Chairman Robert S. Miller. His duties were unchanged.
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June 24, 1999 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a career that spanned 40 years in the auto industry, Robert A. Lutz often displayed a Hollywood flair for the dramatic. Take the 1992 Detroit auto show. Lutz, then the No. 2 executive at Chrysler Corp., unveiled the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee by driving a cherry-red model through a plate-glass window.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1992
Police pursuits are now front-page news (Nov. 22). Media coverage over the past couple of weeks regarding the carnage that results from them has been extensive. I have a plan for ending, or at least reducing, the number of these chases: Enact legislation that makes recklessly evading the police in a motor vehicle a felony, with appropriate penalties that reflect the danger that evading poses to the public. (Evading is currently a misdemeanor.) Penalties should go all the way to the death sentence if an innocent death is caused.
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