• Sep 10, 2008

If this doesn't strike you as a sign of the times, you may need to get your eyes checked. The only HUMMER dealership in Las Vegas, the city that invented excess and bling, is shutting its doors. Towbin HUMMER is actually one of the largest HUMMER dealerships in America. So what will they be selling instead? Well, you already know because you saw the headline at the top of this post: SMART cars. Talk about one extreme to the other.

Dan Towbin owns several dealerships in Sin City, where he sells Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Infinitis and Dodges. He says he'll bring in another GM dealership alongside the SMART store to replace the HUMMERs, which have been selling slow on account of high gas prices and increasing environmental conscience among consumers. Towbin's will be the eighth HUMMER dealership to close this year so far, a trend which may make it even harder for the General to sell off the brand.

[Source: Wall Street Journal via Kicking Tires]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Talk about a radical shift! But it's all about supply and demand.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM may not have to do anything related to the Hummer brand if this keeps up. A good dealer will know the gig is up and get out while they can.

        I'm sure everytime a Hummer dealership closes, another bottle of champagne pops in Detroit.

      • 6 Years Ago
      As a Hummer fan, or rather someone who likes simply derives pleasure from making Hummer detractors realize how ignorant they are when they copy and paste "THE H2 IS JUST A TAHOE!!122@fourty-eight" all I can say about this is; "DAMN!!" and "did NOT see that one coming"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hummers aren't selling because the H1 is the only REAL Hummer. ;-) lol

      To each their own, but that's the only one I would want.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just a dealer swapping one fad for another.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Autoblog: ...to replace the HUMMERs, which have been selling slow on account of high gas prices and increasing environmental conscience among consumers.

      The Real World: ...to replace the HUMMERs, which have been selling slow on account of congressionally mandated high gas prices and relentless bludgeoning of consumers with dubious environmental poli-sci by left wing fear mongers.



      • 6 Years Ago
      Somehow I don't see 'The King of SMART Cars' making for quite as compelling television . . .

      Peace
      policy
      • 6 Years Ago
      the Smart is just another fad. if you don't believe it, just look to Europe. if this car was a success, would Mercedes-Benz have lost hundreds of millions (and still are) in the process?

      here in the US, the entire Smart sales process is strictly smoke and mirrors. the $99 online reservation process just screams fraud. all they need is a credit card deposit (fully refundable!!), and an alleged driver's license number. pssst! is Dad asleep? go get his wallet! I'm orderin' a car! my 14 year-old buds will be soooo impressed!

      the result of the easy order process is the glut of Smarts on dealer lots all over the country. the Smart center here in the Phoenix area never has less than 20 Smarts available; usually double that. if the only way they are available is by order (technically, dealers can't order cars for stock), why are there so many available?

      what's even more telling is how many "used" ones are available. these have less than 500 miles on the odometer. can you say buyer's remorse?

      this WSJ article is full of errors. (I read the article in full somewhere else). they mention (quoting Edmonds) that the average HUMMER discount "is over 20%, the highest in the industry".

      HUH?

      the Dodge website (on the home page, no less) shows discounts of over 40%, and I got over 60% on my Titan pickup.

      I am far from a HUMMER fan, but it sounds like 'ol Dan Tobin is trading one pig in a poke for another.

      by the way, does anyone have a clue why the HUMMER is always getting trashed for it's alleged excess, when it's just a Tahoe in a party dress? any reason why the Toyota Land Cruiser/Lexus LX 470 don't get trashed for the same excess, even though they get almost the same fuel economy?

      just wondering.

      AZMike
        • 6 Years Ago
        Three words:

        Toyota marketing department

        Toyota could sell water to a well and make you forget you've already got a tap with a Brita filter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, if GM had introduced the Volt in 1998 along with introducing all these Hummers they'd probably have a much greener image too. I remember WAY back when Saturn had first launched the EV1, GM had a FANTASTIC reputation for being on the cutting edge of environmental friendliness. If they had kept some sort of environmentally friendly car available all along it would have helped offset the HUMMER image.
        Unfortunately, they didn't do any of that so at the end of the day all people are going to see are the HUMMERs piled up on the lots.
        Anyways, what the hell does Toyota have to do with this anyway? I don't entirely understand why Toyota always gets dragged into these conversations. Mercedes doesn't get a bad rap about being environmentally unfriendly either even though half their friggin' cars have supercharged V8's and twin-turbo V12's, and the G wagon and all sorts of other insane vehicles.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Derek & Red: If the Hummer H2 is criticized while the Toyota Land Cruiser is given a free pass strictly based on anti-Americanism, then why is it the Chevy Tahoe also gets a free pass? As AZMike pointed out, the Tahoe & the H2 are kissing cousins (and both are American).

        Someone else on Autoblog once pointed out it had to do with how GM portrayed the Hummer brand in its own ads and commercials. Maybe, but I personally think it had more to do with the brand's origin as a military Humvee, and the current anti-war sentiment.

        http://www.amgeneral.com/vehicles_hmmwv.php
        Derek
        • 6 Years Ago
        1 - Smart is a fad. As mentioned, plenty of options that do more, even cost less, get just as good mileage.
        2 - Hummer gets crapped on because it is American. And plenty of us get pissed because it seems like the Big 3 weren't even trying to do anything "green". Whereas Toyota, it has it's beasts, which are necessary for some people, but also the Prius (also a fad, but damn, what a success).
        • 6 Years Ago
        @big rocket

        Do you really think a civilian could get more respect than the Hummer by slapping on an army uniform?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Smart move.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      It definitely saves space on the lot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it wrong for me to want to hit one of those Smart Cars with a Hummer and see who walks away? Hell I'll hit one with my Mustang and see who walks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hello safety cell... goodbye Mustang.

        Is it wrong for me to want to roll over your Mustang with a Peterbilt towing a trailer full of Smarts?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What I want to know is how many of those million dollar NYC garages (I'm pretty sure I read it here) have two smarts in them (or at least room for two smarts without hydraulic lifts)?

      I can't take the car a all seriously in Nevada.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A "Smart" decision, methinks.

      Had to get that out because I knew somebody else would.
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