Bob Lutz criticizes Jennifer Granholm for pursuing Toyota engineering center
Longtime auto industry executive Bob Lutz, speaking to the Associated Press, criticized former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's efforts to lure Japanese automaker Toyota to establish an engineering facility in the Ann Arbor area.
Lutz, an Ann Arbor area resident who recently re-joined General Motors as an adviser, suggested that the Toyota Technical Center's expansion was not a major economic win for the region.
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But Lutz told the AP this week that the Toyota operation wasn't a net job creator.
"It's a zero sum game," he said.
The AP, paraphrasing Lutz, said the quotable executive was "noting that if a Toyota plant brought 2,000 new jobs to the state, it's likely the Detroit automakers would have had to lay off the same number as they lost sales to the competition."
"I personally liked Jennifer Granholm," Lutz said, according to the AP. But "once it looked like Toyota was going to win and take over the world, she went to Japan and wooed Toyota."
Lutz also revealed in the article that he briefly considered a run for governor in 2010.