• Jan 27, 2009
General Motors and AM General have announced that 200 workers at the Mishawaka, Indiana, plant where the HUMMER H2 and military versions of the HMMWV are assembled will be temporarily laid off until at least March. All of the affected workers assemble civilian HUMMERS, though it's rumored that the company may move some of these displaced employees to the military side of the operation.

This round of cuts can be attributed to slow sales of large, fuel-thirsty SUVs in general and the aging H2 in particular. AM General spokesperson Craig Mac Nab was quoted as saying, "Nobody knows what's going to happen with the H2 plant." In fact, nobody at either company is talking about when these employees may be called back or when H2 production will resume, leading some of us to wonder if it will pick back up at all. Thanks for the tip, Brian!

[Source: Hummer Guy]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      They are still manufacturing military vehicles at least?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hummer civilian vehicles, 1992 - 2009
        • 5 Years Ago
        NotYou...
        The Hummer is not best in class anything thing... (it is a re badged version of the last model Tahoe)

        The military and the civilian hummer share nothing... and that Humvee is being replaced by something that is more fuel efficient.

        As too can do everything... please...

        If you were referencing the F150 then cool... but the hummer is a travesty...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Man-made global warming hysteria: 1992 - 2008.

        Oh, sorry, you're still a believer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        retsel:"The Hummer is not best in class anything thing... (it is a re badged version of the last model Tahoe)"

        Hmmm, some of the objective reviews out there include:

        Edmunds: "The H2's off-road capabilities are easily best-in-class, with lots of ground clearance, radical approach and departure angles, generous wheel articulation and ample tire grip."
        Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "it's hard to find a vehicle anywhere that can roll over rugged terrain the way an H2 can,"
        Cars.Com: "It can still climb a 60 percent grade, traverse a 40 percent side slope and ford water up to 24 inches. The ground clearance is 9.9 inches, but the H2 can climb steps or boulders 16 inches high."
        Car and Driver: "basically nose straight up to a sheer wall of rock and then let the front wheels pull us up and over the top."

        I'm sorry, what were you saying? Oh...

        Retsel: "The military and the civilian hummer share nothing... "
        Except corporate culture, engineers, designers, production lines, etc. Did you notice that it's an AM General plant that produces the H2, not a GM one? There's a lot of cross pollination going on there.

        Retsel: "...and that Humvee is being replaced by something that is more fuel efficient."
        Oh, you had to go and give yourself away, didn't you? Call me when the sea levels are +30ft. Check with Algore, I think he said it should have happened by now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gee golly darn. The icon of overconsumption, American ignorance, and men with insecurity issues is going to cease production. The vehicle that never uses turn signals, hogs the passing lane because "it's going fast enough", the vehicle that aggressively tailgates you even if you can't go any faster due the person in front of you, the vehicle that represents all that is wrong with our way of life, is finally going to die.

        Hip hip, HOORAY!

        Disagree? Read this first:

        http://www.deviantart.com/download/82446492/SUV_Research_Paper_by_cash68.pdf
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's no suprise, living in south scottsdale Arizona, there was a hummer/caddy dealer that had bought a used car lot across the street from it and just filled it wth new h2s and h3s , at least 50 new ones. For about the 3 years I was done there that overflow lot was always full.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BEST NEWS EVER.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is a God.

      The question is: what will men with self-esteem issues (and their silicone-enhanced wives) drive now? I guess there's always the Escalade...
        • 5 Years Ago
        They can just go back to the days before expensive SUVs and get a sports car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What will people with self-esteem issues do without the Hummer drivers to insult do is the REAL question?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Same old group of people who are most likely hypocrites in overconsumption in their own lives (meat, home size, aerosol and more) feel better that the Hummer is dead while ignoring so many other obvious things that use so much more. You forget that the sales of the H2 were so minimal, that you could compare fuel consumption of sold H2's to almost any SUV or truck and find they use more. Sadly, because of said stupidity, the H2 is an icon, not the real cause. Oh well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm MajorGeek. I pretend that every hummer critic is a stupid hippie. I don't believe in global warming, and hummers are fine for the environment. Please don't try using any of that fancy logic or reasoning on me, it won't work. My mind is like a cement mixer, all mixed up and permanently set.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right on, were expecting 10 inches tonight. Wonder how many vehicles have over 10 inches of clearance... hmmmmm. Anyhow, we're at 110 inches already with an average of 64 for the year and basically we're at an average years snow alreay with 6 or so weeks left to winter. Oddly enough, we have strong and weak winters, always have with the occasional killer storm (storm of 93, ice storm of 76) so for those of in the snow belt, its just another day. Im all for stopping global warming... as soon as it reaches us.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny stuff, wow insults. So, you shove your head in the sand regarding my comments and then try to insult me for the same? Typical tactic. The loss of H2 will have almost no effect on the environment while people will continue to buy other large SUV's. People will continue to line up to buy cheap burgers at McDonalds and Burger King knowing all the damage that raising the cows for slaughter does in the environment. They can then take said hamburgers and drive away in their Prius also oblivious to the damage caused to the environment to create batteries. Its also not known what damage disposal of said batteries could cause.

        Address those 2 facts please. 1) Meat 2) Batteries and the damage they cause. Im sure the loss of a few thousand Hummers a year won't erase that damage. I won't need to respond further because these are fact based environmental damage. Ill await the standard name calling minus facts so you can feel better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I cant wait for the global warming, its cold here in camden. well the strip club is hot, but outside is cold. Hurry up, bring on the global warming.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ahhh Rob,
        As a construction contractor we find a lot of the cement mixers that come to our jobs filled with useless build up, mixes too wet or two dry, mixes that set so fast that theres no time to give it a quality finish.
        Unless you're filled up with useless buildup ie. global warming, than maybe it's time to get the drum chipped out and refill it with common sense.
        I wonder what kind of water is in your tank. The Al Gore cool-aid?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been reading and listening to these comments for several years now. There are exceptions to every rule. However, in general I believe this may apply to those that disparage a Hummer H2. The notion of spending time outdoors camping, fishing, or just getting off the beaten track is an alien concept. Al Gore and his ilk expound an idea that cannot be agreed upon 100% by the experts in the field and the minions follow Al's gospel. Then again, perhaps the equation (truth) is much simpler. I submit to you that the reality is this; (1) You are not an A type personality. (2) You are incapale of independent thought or action. (3) You live at home and can't afford one. (4) You are a politician at heart and want your 15 minutes of fame. Which one of these are you?


      The ideas expo
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have no problem with people buying the vehicle that they want.

      Some people are careless and incompetent drivers; I do have a problem with them. They are much more noticeable when driving a hummer, though. But I see bad drivers driving other stuff too. A few months ago some jerk-off in an Infiniti pulled out where I was driving on the street. To avoid the collision, I had to brake and swerve and ruined a tire on the curb. His Hummer must have been in the shop and he was driving a loaner Infiniti.

      I am kind of tired of the "over-compensating man" stereo-type. How they heck do you know? I drive a Honda Civic for my commute. Does that make me a stud with a generous helping of manhood because I am under-compensating? Huh?

      I am dissappointed because I think that GM just kind of ruined Hummer the way that they ruined most of their other brands. It (H2) is just an alternate trim Suburban and not so special. H3 is too little, too late. Might have been nice to have one on the ranch or something, but a pick-up works too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @MajorGeek, +1 I have a Tundra for household and lawn work. Might do 4000mi/year if I take a vacation where I need to haul a lot of stuff and people.

        but I am mostly seen driving a 96 Civic with tons of miles

        fun vehicle is Suzuki DRZ400 Supermoto...up to 70 MPG.

        I plan to keep the truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Best string of comments for this story. Everything else said was gibberish. I never did understand the people who talk about compensating with respect to driving a big truck or SUV. As a side note, people don't complain about supercars in the same regard as they do HUMMERS. As far as I'm concerned, they're one in the same, except that a HUMMER is at least practical.
      Sqube27
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank. God.

      Use it to build something more useful. Like bridges to nowhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rob: "The vehicle that never uses turn signals, hogs the passing lane because "it's going fast enough", the vehicle that aggressively tailgates you even if you can't go any faster due the person in front of you, the vehicle that represents all that is wrong with our way of life, is finally going to die."

      I thought you were talking about Prius owners until you said ..."aggressively tailgates you..." and then I realized those can't go fast enough.

      But, as far as "the vehicle that represents all that is wrong with our way of life, is finally going to die."- once all the enviroBSers get onboard with the rest of us on the round-planet, we'll be saying this about the Prius and other such turn-of-the-century man-made-global-warming nonsense.

      Oh, and love that article citation - because cash68's research paper at deviantart is _the_ go to person with the facts, eh?

        • 5 Years Ago
        I stopped reading when I read the term 'Soccer Moms'. You're welcome to join the real world at any time.


        In any case, the market has spoken.
        It spoke three years ago, and GM finally got around to doing something about it.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Goodbye to a vehicle everybody hated and nobody will miss.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you ever taken one off-roading? They were born for vertical ridges. Too bad the only buyers were Soccer moms in denial. And my uncle, who only drives it to the grocery store and back. Had it 4 years and only has 10K miles on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Christian: "Goodbye to a vehicle everybody hated and nobody will miss."

        Spoken like someone who's never been outside a Starbucks parking lot.

        The H2 was a great vehicle at a great price. The only people I know who hated it were the Land Rover owners that couldn't take the trail. Oh, sorry, sounds like you might be one of 'em.

        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago

      Why don't the greenies who criticize the Hummer, not criticize the Land Cruiser,Sequoia,Armada etc?
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