As all those who follow the electric vehicle market know, Bob Lutz and Tesla have not always been the closest friends.
At first glance, it seemed that the goals of Lutz and Tesla CEO Elon Musk were in sync. While Lutz was at General Motors, he led and fought for the creation of the Chevrolet Volt. Towards the end of his term, he said Newsweek "I firmly believe that this country must come out of oil (…) The electrification of the automobile is inevitable."
But Lutz thought his Voltec plug-in hybrid transmission was the key to reducing the country's dependence on oil. Over the last ten years he has frequently made statements on cable TV and in automotive magazines extolling the superiority of the plug-in hybrid and regularly criticizing Tesla's 100% electric offers and even those of GM and D & C. Other traditional builders.
However, in his recent article for Road and trackLutz had to admit that Model 3 had made an astonishing impression. Lutz recently spotted a red model 3 in a parking lot in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and went to inspect it. He has approached while waiting to see "often neglected assembly work, poorly fitted doors, spotted paint and other manifestations of" the hell of the Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, with my own eyes ".
But that's not what he found at all. Looking closely at the car for the first time, Lutz was stunned by the impeccable paintwork and the precision body panels that were "blameless" in his words. "The differences of 3.5 to 4.5 mm are considered as a class of words, this model 3 has been measured."
Elon Musk of course took note of this and took on Twitter to thank his kind words.
Bob and Elon have been known to exchange praise from time to time. Lutz even attributed the rapid success of Tesla to the early production of the Volt. Most likely, the long – time auto executive will not put an end to his more general criticism of Tesla. He is sure to note in the article that he remains "critical of Tesla's business model and Musk's strategy". But the man knows a nice pair of wheels when he sees it.
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Source: road and track