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GM's Lutz Kills Buick Bengal Concept Roadster

December 19, 2001

Flamboyant General Motors Corp. Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, who said last week that there is "turmoil and change" in GM's future product lineup, has killed plans for the Buick Bengal, a roadster that drew widespread praise when it was unveiled as a concept car earlier this year, industry sources said Dec. 19.The Bengal, inspired by golfer and Buick spokesman Tiger Woods, was the latest in anumber of concept vehicles from Buick that were touted as part of GM's plans to turn around the struggling brand.The sporty Bengal, which featured a small third door on the driver side, faced too many potential production problems and escalating cost estimates, according to a Dec. 19 report on the automotive Web site TheCarConnection.com.
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