• Oct 6, 2006
GM has recognized that dealers are suffering from a severe glut of H2s on their lots and has determined that the best way to avoid adding to the over-supply problem is to cease production at its Mishawaka, Indiana plant.

This is not the first time that GM has made course corrections in the production of the Tahoe-based Hummer. Back in January of this year, the automaker transferred 170 employees off the line and into another plant to make up for shortfalls in H2 sales. Currently, the Mishawaka plant only has 600 employees, down from the 1,000 that it normally utilizes at full tilt boogie.

[Source: Freep]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      It'more likely that everybody who wanted one has one already (kinda like the Camry). No but seriously.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, does this mean American consumers are finally waking up and getting a clue? Astounding.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "31. "-I'm just saying that if you buy an American family sedan, you are are the minority. Your fellow Americans have made the Camry the #1 selling car,..."

      Ryan, the Camry is the #1 selling family sedan, but it is not the majority. The majority sold are American.


      Posted at 3:18PM on Oct 6th 2006 by CH 0 stars"

      -Good catch, but how fair is it to use a "gang bang" of American cars in orderto unseat the Camry?

      -Heck I believe in the month of July Toyota would have outsold Ford if it was not for rental car fleets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "-I'm just saying that if you buy an American family sedan, you are are the minority. Your fellow Americans have made the Camry the #1 selling car,..."

      Ryan, the Camry is the #1 selling family sedan, but it is not the majority. The majority sold are American.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There's a reason why those H2s aren't selling... they look totally ridiculous. Maybe it's time to redesign the H2 and make it less fugly or even make a diesel or hybrid version... a revamping might help get it off the lot.

      And they base the H2 on the Tahoe? So people are paying that much money for an ugly Tahoe? That's just sad.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wait, nobody wants to shell out 50K for an ugly, clumsy, 3-ton vehicle? I'm shocked...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ed, I agree with Robin, You must be a teenager not to see what the point is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok, I'll admite it. I like the Hummer. (I really don't need a Hummer, but If I did need something so mulicapable, it would be at the top of my list.) Of course, I am also studying to be a Animation artist, so Im vary consence of shape, gesture, preportion, and form. Something the Hummer has in spades. Expecally so when spending my money to buy stuff. (Heck, even my computer has to meet some basic astectic requirements.)

      Now if you really think about it, the Hummer is almost the PERFECT URBAN driving machine. In the city, your typicaly 5 cars back waiting for a light to turn green, plotting what street you want to go left on, and scanning other side of the road to see if you can make that left turn one or two blocks up with out stoping. Being able to see above traffic is good.

      More importantly, being able to make a visual impression of having a violate or agreesive property about you helps too. And Hummer has that in spades.

      Tinted Tank like slits for windows forces you to look at the auto, and not the driver. It could be a vary angry house wife driving it, a Lawer, a rapper, a movie star, whatever... The point is they are driving a tank to work, your not, and you don't want to meet them in a traffic accident.

      Sharply creased details prevent you from scanning over the whole object in a single sweep. You eyes naturaly tend to fallow lines in shapes, So the more lines that jet through a shape, the bigger it seems to be to you. And the prepotions of the wheels to rest of the auto play havic on your sences. You know they are big, so the rest of the automoblie must be HUGE!

      Finaly, its expensive. Are you serriously going to illigaly cut off the guy in a 60,000 dollar SUV? If that guy can afford to spend 60,000 dollars on a SUV to get them from work and back, you better bet on the fact they can afford a better lawer then you too.

      Yes, everything I just talked about is almost compleatly covered under Immage. But immage has alot of effect on the Statue qou. Good image can get you into places that should be qualifed for better trained people, and it does.

      A Art Degree from the University of Wisconsin hold alot more presteage over a art degree from Madison Area Technical collage. (Both colleges are set in Madison WI, and have about equal access to Madison's fine selection of libarys, and art gallerys. The teachers from either collage are equaly well trained. And by the time students leave the programs, they are equaly well trained.) But your probably going to send your kids to UW over MATC, because you have heared of the UW's Badger Football team, you know its a expensive school to send your childen too, and you know other people have. Its highly recognized around the world, and MATC is not... So which Degree is going to be worth more to your child?

      Now lets get back to Hummer brand. In a way, the only thing keeping Hummer down is the lack of a Hybrid or diesel option. While seemingly completly unnessary for offroad driving, the ablity to be able to save energy at stop lights by going all electic does have great uses. In a offroading situation the tourqe provided by a electric or Diesel motor, would definetly be superior to gas motor option. It also would help greatly in city driving, as stop and go traffic is the number one problem to improving gas milage.

      http://www.autobloggreen.com/2006/10/06/military-wants-a-greener-replacement-for-the-humvee/

      Even the army is now admity the need for a more fuel efficant Armored Hummer. This is because instead of doing the typical cross-country duty that does not require heavy armor, the army is stuck in a dangerous urban enviroment that does, and it eats resorces to be there. In such a case, the army could double its resources by going with a Hybrid system.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't believe the 2007 hummer H2 & H3 still uses a 4 speed automatic.

      The high mobility multipurpose vehicle could use modern electronically controlled engine/transmissions if the requirement for EMP resistance was dropped.

      Don't you think the men/women in iraq/afghanistan theatre would love the 300hp 6.6 duramax coupled to the Allison 1000 6 speed auto, with nice and short axle and hub gear ratios. 3.08 axle.
      What's better than a 10,000 lb truck, a 100mph 10,000 lb truck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "BTW
      IMO I think that the right message to Our children would be to "Always Buy the Best You can Get for your Money""

      Sure, but is that from the point of view from the small picture (me me me) or the big picture (me and my country's jobs)? Like an economist you must sometimes go further than one level of thought to understand what is best. And that is what the kids must learn.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I doubt this has taken GM off-guard, hence the quick steps to shut down supply.

      Build a vehicle that sells on image and nothing else, and you know its fifteen minutes are going to be up before long. I'm glad they're being realistic about it.

      Robin, you're the one who made this thread about "America vs. Japan," which is juvenile in the extreme. I'm non-partisan as far as the "import" vs. "domestic" debate goes, and I know the H2 is crap. How? I've actually driven one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "the best way to stop adding to the supply (are they up to a year on back lots yet?)... is to literally stop adding to supply... pure GM genious at work somewhere..."

      Then why is this a good move when any other company does it??
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