Finally, some Christmas cheer for those beleaguered execs at General Motors Corp.
Robert A. Lutz fulfilled a pledge to deliver "benchmark" cars after being to a top executive in 2001.
The company finally cracked an exclusive motoring list. And in a big way.
GM placed three vehicles in Car and Driver magazine's 10 Best list for 2008, which appears in the January edition that became available this week.
That's fitting, because in 2004 Lutz took over responsibility for GM's global product development.
And GM is the only domestic company to make the top 10.
Eight models are repeaters.
GM's nameplates on the current list are Chevrolet's Malibu and Corvette and the Cadillac CTS.
It's the first top 10 for the CTS and Malibu, while the Corvette has racked up 14 nods.
General Motors spokesman Jeffrey Holland said that having three nameplates on the Car and Driver list is good news.
"It really kind of reinforces the fact that General Motors is coming out with some super-good products right now. It shows that some of our hard work and diligence on our turnaround is starting to pay off," he said.
And he notes that the midsize Malibu is popular with consumers.
"We can't build them fast enough to keep them on dealer lots," he said.
The editors at Car and Driver were impressed, too.