• Dec 10th 2007 at 3:30PM
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click above image for more sketches of the HUMMER HX Concept

Talk about a dream job. David Rojas, Min Young Kang and Robert Jablonski are three fresh-faced grads of the College for Creative Studies (where many car designers get their schoolin') and recent new-hires of the GM Design division. Their first assignment handed down from on high was this: "provide a vision for the future design of off-road vehicles." Under the supervision of HUMMER design studio director Carl Zipfel, each young designer was assigned to either the wheelbase, approach and departure angles or stance - three core HUMMER proportions – and otherwise given liberty to design away. Though all three came up with their own visions, the won you see above was chosen by the suits to be transformed into an actual concept to be shown at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.

The press release states that the E85 Flex Fuel-capable HX Concept features a pair of removable roof panels, as well as a removable rear roof. The end effect is some serious open air motoring while you're crawling boulders or jumping dunes. The slant back either recalls that particular body style of the original HUMMER H1, or like us you're seeing a lot of the Toyota FJ Cruiser in the shape, too (especially from this angle). The doors and fenders can also be removed for off-roading adventures, though it's not like this concept will ever touch a speck of topsoil.

[Source: GM]


Three Young Designers Shape Future Of HUMMER Through HX Concept

DETROIT – Scheduled for introduction at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the HUMMER HX concept reflects the innovative minds of three new GM designers - David Rojas, Min Young Kang and Robert Jablonski - whose first assignment was to provide a vision for the future design of off-road vehicles.

Fresh out of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich., the designers' first test in GM was to design a fun, nimble and innovative HUMMER concept.

"HUMMER appeals to young people globally and served as a perfect first assignment for our newest talent," said Ed Welburn, vice president of global design and product planning. "Today's graduates from top design schools are ready to hit the ground running. The HUMMER design challenge gave our newest designers an opportunity to sprint."

The task presented numerous challenges to the new designers, from creating a vehicle for a brand known around the globe for its iconic design, to ensuring the model would live up to the market's expectation of HUMMER off-road capability.

To help ensure designs were true to the HUMMER brand, these designers were given limited design direction by Carl Zipfel, an ex-professional motocross racer and director of the HUMMER design studio.

"Carl definitely set the tone," said Rojas. "While he gave us creative liberty and challenged us to develop innovative ideas, he also defined three HUMMER proportions – wheelbase, approach and departure angles, and stance – and assigned one to each of us. It gave us a chance to collaborate, but also take our own direction."

While sketching and sculpting together in the HUMMER studio, these recent graduates drew upon the creative energy of each other, further improving their individual designs, as well as that of the final concept.

"We drew inspiration from one another," said Kang. "As you're designing and sketching you try to absorb what the other designer is doing and try to make it better."

David, Min Young and Robert's collaboration inspired the HUMMER HX concept, which presents extraordinary efficiency without sacrificing the unique essence of the HUMMER brand, the world's most capable off-road vehicles.

"While we took inspiration from the HUMMER heritage and DNA, we each wanted to evolve it in a new way," said Jablonski. "We agreed it should be contemporary, compact and definitely open air. It came out great."

After three months of sketching and sculpting theme work for the new HUMMER concept, each designer had the opportunity to present scale clay models to Bob Lutz, GM vice chairman and Ed Welburn, who chose which design would ultimately become the HX concept.

In its final concept form, the E-85 FlexFuel capable HUMMER HX embodies the off road spirit of HUMMER in a fully customizable package. The HX offers an open-air driving experience via a pair of removable roof panels above the driver and front passenger and a modular, removable rear roof assembly enabling a quick conversion from closed vehicle to open vehicle SUT. It also features a slant back assembly with removable doors and fender flairs.

"Working as a team, you realize it's more than one person influencing the vehicle," said Rojas. "You can see the inspiration from each of our designs in the final concept vehicle. We're all proud to have the chance to see our sketches become reality."

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      • 7 Years Ago
      not bad
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm interested in the rumored Wrangler fighting H4 and this seems like it could be a conecpt for it, especially with the removable doors and roof.

      What I'm also interested in are the giant H3 pick-up blueprints (and what presumably look like red production pictures underneath it) in the background of the fourth picture.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this is great, out of the box off roader. nothing out thier like it. Wrangler has had this market straped for years, mabe these things need to be put into production so i can get a better deal on a wrangler?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome! I've never been this psyched about a concept car. Hopefully GM puts it into production pretty much as is and doesn't soften it up such that it becomes another soccer mom SUV. Keep it strong, versatile, off-road vehicle!!! If they do I'll definitely buy one!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shouldn't this be in AutoblogGreen?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a $1 hot-wheels car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you can tell the people that didn't score well on their ACT's drive this garbage.

      people who stay in school don't drive hummers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        haha--to each his own, i guess...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Highly unlikely you scored a 33 if all you have better to do is defend that pos.

        Do something useful with your brilliance, save the ozone layer or fix the deficit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        of course, uneducated people drive hummers.

        you can have money and be and idiot. you don't get a higher IQ once you reach a certain tax bracket.
      • 7 Years Ago

      You Hummer haters need to grow up, think for yourselves, and realize that not all Hummers are gas hogs. Granted, the H3 is not a gas miser, but it is no less economical than an FJ Cruiser, and more economical than many SUV's - including several Toyotas, Lexuses, etc. You whiners should be happy that Hummer is building smaller vehicles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Stop with the Hummer madness, these things are disgusting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The major problem with the Hummer brand is that those designers (the kids in picture 4) aren't wearing hiking boots, Gore-Tex jackets, or sunglasses. What I'm getting at is, does anyone here think any of those kids has ever even been outside, let alone off-roading? The Hummer brand needs to be about 3 things and two things only: Great Off-Road capability, a Luxury Interior, and good On-Road ride. Right there you completely eliminate the need for designers sculpting what the Hummer should look like on the outside. The Hummer brand needs to be designed by Engineers and Rednecks (I use this term because I too identify with the Conservative Backwoods Party), since both know what the vehicle needs in order to fulfill is original mission. When you eliminate the potential buyers of a vehicle from the design aspect of a vehicle, you create a bastard child of a car. Nobody wants an luxury off-road vehicle that sacrifices capability for chrome.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, but it gives GM the chance to show off a, ahem, "diverse" group of designers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hiking boots and Gore-tex? You apparently haven't really been outdoors in a very long time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The major problem with having hillbillies design cars is that they wouldn't sell, it would be all function and no form. This concept looks more off-road oriented,being a smaller more modern version of the H1, I like it. And the reason they're not wearing hiking boots, Gore-Tex jackets, or sunglasses is because they have a to be presentable at GM studios, they're in a highly exclusive line of work after all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The world's most capable offroad vehicles" and Hummer do NOT belong in the same sentence...anyone who does put those 2 together are ignorant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        And THANK YOU for proving to everyone just how much you speak out of your arse.

        Pathetic, you talk so much garbage, and then when someone counters every turd you've dropped, you can't even respond back with anything. Well, of course you can't, nothing that you said was true, just your ignorant opinion. What a fool.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ummmm, John, then what is the world's most capable off road vehicle? You seem to have a grudge for some reason, so I won't even bother trying to make sense of what you're saying (that's impossible, since you keep back tracking and twisting your own words) but I will gladly make one thing very clear. STOCK.

        The H2 and H3, even tho you might not like to admit it, are, stock to stock, two of the most off road capable vehicles you can get your hands on. Jeep only has the new Rubicon, which I've wheeled with, and it's a great rig, with front locker, SFA, sway bar disconnects. It's one of the best stock vehicles you can buy, but it's only one special version in a lineup of 7 or 8 vehicles.

        If you want serious off road capability, STOCK, nothing comes close to the H1, H2, H3 and Rubicon. Period. Everything else, you have to mod like crazy before you would think of trying to attempt any of the trails these can do stock.

        Do you notice one important word here? STOCK, we're talking about stock vehicles, I'm sure there are plenty BUILT offroad vehicles that can tackle insane stuff, but they're not street legal either.

        You're obviously not an off road enthusiast, so I'm wondering what you're doing here talking smack on subjects you don't understand? Doesn't really matter, anyway.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Name another brand that has all 4wd vehicles with 2-speed transfer cases...

        Oh, and while you're at it, check out the next issue of Four Wheeler. And while you're doing that, look up this year's winner in the stock classes at the Baja 1000.

        • 7 Years Ago
        what does the fact that Hummer has nothing but 4wds in it's lineup have to do with it? The H1 is the only one that's worth anything and it even has major drawbacks.

        I don't read 4-wheeler mag. but I'm sure they rank it decently, beside the point it does not put it in the "world's most capable off-road vehicle" category.

        as for the Baja Race, I say congrats to Hummer, it managed to win in only 1 thing, now everyone can go out and buy an H3 and race through the desert with utter confidence.

        none of these make any Hummer "The world's most capable off-road vehicles" as many other brands have niche models that tromp any Hummer and have achieved ALOT more then 1 baja race.
        • 7 Years Ago
        thank you for giving me the laugh of the day :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those smooth tires must be to minimize the impact on the soil. By getting stuck on the gravel shoulder of the road, this will do very little damage to trails.
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