And that, he acknowledged, is one area where GM has made some major mistakes over the last couple decades.We then followed-up with Mr. Lutz in this made-up interview:
GM VP Robert Lutz: Ha! Remember 1977 through 2005? Ha! Man, we porked the pie that time! Whew!
C!C!C!: Sorry, Mr. Lutz, we don't follow.
Lutz: We mongoosed the snake!
C!C!C!: What does that mean?
Lutz: We threw the baby out with the bath water.
C!C!C!: We're familiar with these saying... well, not the first two, what the hell were those? But we think we know what you're saying.
Lutz: You do? What am I saying?
C!C!C!: You're saying for generations you ignored the (growing) competition's competenence and ignored the needs of your customers. GM single-handedly drove customers to the competition through negligence and hubris.
Lutz: I said that?
Lutz: I'll agree to that if you throw in something bad about the unions.
Unions: Hey! We're just sitting here eatin' a sammich.
C!C!C!: Unions or not, you are the ones designing the cars.
Lutz: It's far easier to blame someone else you know.