A jet flight with GM's ex-chief, Bob Lutz
Top Gear's mag boss is taken for a spin by a true captain of the industry...
Posted: 19 Dec 2011
Of course, there have been changes since then. With Fiat now owning 35 per cent of Chrysler, I wonder out loud if the Italians can deliver on the American recipe.
"I see Marchionne doing things that I applaud... the new Grand Cherokee is one
of the nicest vehicles I've ever seen from any country in terms of exterior design, the interior's right and the handling is great. Where I do think they're making a mistake is with Lancia. Lancia is a great old brand, but a Chrysler 300C with a Lancia grille? Maybe Marchionne said, ‘Well, ok, so it damages the brand. So what? What's left to damage?'"
I'm left to ponder the straight-talking as we leave Detroit rapidly behind and head to Lake Michigan, and soon the shoreline flashes past as we head toward Muskegon. We drop down hard over the lake, pulling 3.5 to 4g.