• Aug 14, 2008


While General Motors looks over a stack of offers for its HUMMER brand, the fate of AM General hangs in the balance. The military contractor developed and built the original Humvee until the rights to the HUMMER name were bought by GM, who then contracted AM General to continue building the H1 (until it was discontinued) and then the Chevy Tahoe-based H2. (The Chevy Colorado-based H3, meanwhile, is built entirely by GM at its Shreveport, Louisiana plant.) With the future of its General Motors contracts uncertain, AM General has announced a new deal of another kind.

Starting in 2010, the Indiana-based company will begin producing a new series of wheelchair-accessible transit vehicles for the Vehicle Production Group, LLC. Although, as VPG points out, the usual development gestation period for such vehicles is two to three years, VPG and AM General intend to get the ramp-equipped para-transit vehicle to market in less than 24 months. Over 3,500 units have already been ordered, leading VPG to project that annual production will well exceed that number, while AM General intends to use the same workforce it currently employs for the new project. As for what the para-transit vehicle will look like, no one knows, but there was word of AM General developing a new version of the Standard Taxi (see above) with a low ride height and large doors that appears as if it could easily accommodate wheel chairs.

[Source: Detroit News]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      If it had a slab-face like a city bus, it wouldn't be as bad. I know they're trying to save money and make it easy to build, but this is a bit rediculous.

      BUT if it is functional, easy in and out, and fuel efficient in the city, (I doubt this vehicle would routinely see extended hwy driving anyway, thus the aerodynamics are mostly a non-issue) then it will be a hit for Taxi services.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally, I find it insulting to those in need of wheelchair accessible cabs that one would think they should ride in such a monstrosity.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am continually amazed/disappointed by both the blog authors and the commenters here.

      Authors: "AMG will be building a vehicle that no one know what it will look like... here, lets show an unrelated vehicle from the company looking to contract the work"

      Commenters: "That looks horrid!"

      How can reading comprehension elude so many.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look ma, it's a HUMBLER!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this story a late April fool's joke? That bus is uglier than the Russian state vehicle Putin drove all those years. If this is the best their design department can do, I hope the bus is a colossal failure and AM General is put out of its misery!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is a sharp piece!
      • 6 Years Ago
      some people just have faces begging to be punched
      this is the automotive equivalent.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "As for what the para-transit vehicle will look like, no one knows"

      And isnt this the point.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this the 2009 Pontiac Aztec?
      • 6 Years Ago
      AM General should consider purchasing technology from someone else, such as London Taxis International (http://www.lti.co.uk/). Their products actually look more decent than their hideous prototype of a taxi. What's more, LTI actually builds the taximeter into the headliner, and not placed as an afterthought on the dashboard. They're also comfortable and spacious, too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ....not to burst the bubble, but the London taxi's are diesel powered and 'barely' compliant with Euro IV emmissions legislation - so they would never meet the US Tier 2 Bin 5 regulations. They are woefully inadequate in terms of safety for pedestrians and passengers and to top it all off they cost something in the order of $70 000.

        Given that US taxi drivers tend to buy ex-cop cars for 1/10 of the price of a new London cab, I think this is a bit of a non-starter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      AM general did not design the h2 or the h3. We did not design the taxi either. As for the tahoe. they have the same frame rails and in most case run on the same assembly line as the tahoe and suburban. Am general is hiring.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These guys should not be allowed to build anything that the general public will see.

      It's called aerodynamics, guys. Look it up.
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