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Ex-GM vice chair blasts Tesla, saying supporters 'like members of a religious cult'

Discussion in 'Tesla' started by Cardforlife, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. McRat

    McRat Active Member

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    Bob Lutz is seeking relevance in an industry that has kicked him to the curb. Ask Bobby how VIA motors is doing...
     
  2. JeffK

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    You know he's 84 years old right?!

    We will get to find out later today if there's still negative cash flow for the previous quarter.
     
  3. McRat

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    Wow, I would not have thought him to be a day over 150 years old. :D

    He's said some pretty silly stuff about EV's in the last 5 years.
     
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  4. Cardforlife

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    Lutz is always good for a laugh.
     
  5. ecarfan

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    Lutz is delusional. Elon has never "promised... a utopia of profitability and volume." Lutz is just making stuff up to get attention and try to sound like what he thinks matters anymore. He lives in the past.
     
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  6. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Well-Known Member

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    Bob who?
     
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  7. tomas

    tomas Traded in 9 rep bars for M3, used to be somebody!

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    Putz. Bob Putz.
     
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  8. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Well-Known Member

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    Ah, that guy. I thought he passed a while ago, or at least retired.
     
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    Apparently he missed the part about selling cars with twice the industry average gross margin, since he's claiming Tesla can't make money by selling more cars.
     
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    The thing I like about Bob is that he doesn't hold back. :) I'm not really sure about why he has such a hate-on for Elon and Co. It can't be that he dislikes EVs. He did push GM to do the Volt. I do suppose that Tesla is embarrassing GM somewhat, and maybe Bob by extension.
     
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    That's adorable.
     
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    He is absolutely wrong It is not a cult It is a full blown religion
     
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    In his heyday, Bob did some good things for the US auto industry, but its been long enough since then that I think he has forgotten what a happy owner looks like.
     
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    #16 Vitold, Oct 26, 2016
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    Not a cult, it's a movement. It's obvious to me that Bob is trying to install himself as a high priest of seeking alpha crowd.
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    Elon built the car he really wanted to build, a premium all electric. The Volt is neither. His ego was badly bruised by that. And to see Tesla continue to innovate really ads salt to that open sore.
     
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    Oh lord, Bob Lutz? Not even clicking through. Aren't his fifteen minutes over yet? Maybe he should go run for President or something.
     
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    #19 BluestarE3, Oct 26, 2016
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    As others have noted above, he's being provocative to stay relevant, even though his day in the sun has passed. He's always good for a sound-bite and the press just eats it up because it guarantees an easy click-bait headline with no effort. Fact-checking requires effort, time and resources, so why bother. Hey, they're just "reporting" what the guy says; they're not doing investigative journalism.

    What's really sad is seeing a one-time industry leader, a mover-and-shaker, trying to get back into the limelight like a has-been movie star accepting that embarrassing cameo in a C-movie. Lutz is nothing more than an annoying gnat: bothersome at times; ignored mostly. Eventually, when people hear his buzzing approaching, they will just walk away. In the meantime, it behooves us to keep swatting away at the pest lest we get a nasty little bite.
     
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    #20 Vitold, Oct 26, 2016
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    Good point - the only fact checking they did is to confirm that this old angry man is in fact Bob Lutz.
     
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