Changes Lutz Implemented at GM Will Endure, Chief Designer Vows

Byron Pope from WardsAuto.com: When Bob Lutz, General Motors vice chairman of global product development retires at year's end, the auto maker will not revert to the ways of the past, its top designer vows. "I've been with GM long enough and have lived through many different experiences in the company – enough to know the changes Bob Lutz has made are changes that will stick," Ed Welburn Jr., vice president of global design told Ward's. Lutz in April will assume the newly created role of vice chairman and senior adviser, providing strategic input to GM's global design and key product initiatives until his retirement. He will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner. Tom Stephens will take over Lutz's role as vice chairman of global product development. When Lutz returned to GM in 2001, after an absence of nearly three decades, he found the auto maker churning out products with lackluster designs that failed to excite consumers. Lutz broke through a corporate structure that valued cost-savings over attractive design.

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At least twice in the past month, Saturn has "taken over" the front page of Yahoo to promote their new Vue sport-utility and Aura midsize sedan. The picture above is a frame from one of those animated ads – the Vue 'Be Safe, Feel Safe' ad in particular – featured as part of the blitz.