• May 13, 2006
General Motors announced yesterday that the Hummer H1 will be discontinued sometime next month. About 12,000 have been sold to the public since the civilian version first went on sale in 1992.

Back then the Hummer was sold by AM General, the original developer and producer of the military version called the Humvee. To this day AM General produces both the military and civilian versions of the Hummer in its Mishawaka, Indiana plant, though it sold the marketing rights for the civilian version to GM in 1999. Since then it's also been contracted to produce the smaller Hummer H2 for General Motors.

AM General will not dismiss any of its workforce because of GM's decision to cancel the H1, but will most likely switch those workers over to production of the military version. The market for the military version seems to be pretty bullish right now, anyway.

[Source: USA Today]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      GM sure shows it has no idea about marketing. Having the H1, at least available to the puplic is a HUGE halo vehicle for the entire HUMMER line. It's ok to sell 100 or so a year....AM General is doing all of the work. WIth out that image vehicle the Hummer line will slowly become another Chevy/GMC truck line. AM General is thrilled that GM will not offer it under there name. AM General bought the rights of the H1 back! They can produce it like they did in the past. Just now the few that wanted and could afford one no longer can buy a new one. I am the first to addmitt I would love GM to be a great company, strong and profitable. But this is just one of many not smart moves.
      • 8 Years Ago
      People, people, people. You underestimate GM. In a few years, when they realize that eliminating the H1 was a marketing mistake, they will resort to their unlimited capacity for badge engineering. The H2 will be reintroduced as the new H1. The H3 will move up into the H2 spot. And a Daewoo will occupy the H3 niche. Done and done!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The good news is, with the diesel engine in these, they can run on biodiesel with no modifications. ;)

      Of course, if someone really wants one, don't they sell them as army surplus?

      (Note: I think that these pigs are total wastes of fuel and space. Just saying...)
      • 8 Years Ago
      after 20full years living in Baja I've driven trucks and buggys everyday offroad to get to the surf. The H-1 gets better mileage than the trucks and is more comfortable than the buggys, not to mention way safer with less exposure. Those who have never been in a major car wreck boast of the fuel economy of the new hybrids while forgetting the saftey economy of same. As long as people hold cell phones to their heads and drive....I'm driving a tank (H-1)
      venusx
      • 8 Years Ago
      A million Prius...100 H1's
      Who is really abusing our nations resources?
      You got it...Toyota!
      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys have your "market share" obsession all wrong.

      12,000 vehicles at well over $100,000 a piece is an excellent standing for a halo truck such as the H1. Plus, significant amounts of the production costs were shared with the HMMVW, which is sold by the thousands to military customers all over the world.

      Get your facts straight people...
      • 8 Years Ago
      If nothing else, I think they should have a replacement for the H1. It leaves a gap with H2 and H3 if there is no H1. Also, if there are any objectors to a new kind of H1, speak now or forever hold your peace. There needs to be H1.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A sad, sad day for people everywhere.

      Why?!! [angry sobs] How could this happen?!?!?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good riddance. I'm sure there were some buyers that used the H1's off-road prowess, but here in California, they hardly appeared "the most capable road-legal" vehicles.

      Mostly, I'd see pristine, freshly-waxed examples bogging down to 45 MPH on freeway inclines and refusing to get out of the left lane. Oh, and then getting offended and trying to drive up your ass when you pass them (fortunately, they top out at just 90 MPH on a level road).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reading through this thread, is one of the reasons why I love the H1. Has nothing to do with its awesome offroading or in-your-face size and nature. No, it is that everytime you see one on the road or mentioned on the net you can see how stupid and closeminded both the "tree-hugger" and "the earth-can-take-it" crowds really is.

      I personally hate SUV's; but I also hate econo death boxes. Only 12,000 H1's have been sold since GM took the rights, yeah, that is really killing the earth. What about the vast number of "rust-bucket" cars throughout the world that leak oil and fluids on the roads. No, for your family, the H1 is not practical; but neither is the Honda Insight, they are both statements.

      It is the same arguement, do you really need the 60" plasma TV, probably not. I guess it depends if you are a capitalist or a socialist. Good luck on figuring that out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "A sad, sad day for people everywhere.

      Why?!! [angry sobs] How could this happen?!?!?"

      I don't know.

      We should be producing more of these gas guzzling pigs
      to keep our local climate intact.

      Jake.

      There is good!

      • 8 Years Ago
      #5 - why do we "need" an H1?

      And how are they the "most capable, legal road vehicle ever?" I don't understand that comment.
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