But the site drew so much traffic that GM began inviting Dr. Dennis to Volt-related events and offering him exclusive interviews with its top executives. Advertisers began paying him for space on the site. And upon completing his daily duties, including treating victims of stroke, Dr. Dennis began making daily posts to the site. Last week, when GM Chief Executive Fritz Henderson announced that the Volt would travel 230 miles per gallon of gasoline in city driving, Dr. Dennis flew in for the press conference. “This Web site has just added a whole new dimension to my life,” he says.
General Motors Co. spokesman Greg Martin said Thursday the automaker hopes “there’s a will and way to keep the CARS program going a little bit longer.”
Eric J. Shelton / APSaab automobiles are seen on the lot of Herb Chambers Saab of Boston on Tuesday. Saab Automobile, General Motors Corp.’s struggling Swedish unit known for its family cars, was rescued Tuesday by a consortium led by Koenigsegg Automotive AB, a tiny company that produces only a dozen custom-made super cars a year.
“He’s got a good chance of making it work,” said analyst Joe Phillippi of AutoTrends Consulting Inc. in Short Hills, N.J. “He can make a good return — it’s going to depend on the vehicles he’s selling — but he’s not going to be making the kind of money that you would make as a manufacturer. The flip side is you don’t have all the costs of a manufacturing company.”
Dealers and analysts sound off on Bob Lutz’s decision to leave General Motors after almost eight years as its product development chief. GM announced today that Lutz, 76, will become an adviser on April 1 and retire by year end.