- Jan 14, 2010
Report: GM to idle Hummer production on Monday until China deal goes through
2009 Hummer H3T Alpha – Click above for high-res image gallery
Lost in the hoopla surrounding General Motors' attempted sale/wind-down of Saab and Ford's situation with Volvo and Geely has been any word surrounding the sale of Hummer to China's Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery. Whatever the state of the Hummer transaction, it appears The General is done waiting. The Detroit News reports that GM plans to halt Hummer production at its Shreveport, LA assembly plant on Monday until a sale of the brand is complete. The factory builds the H3 and H3T (models that account for about 25-percent of the plant's overall production) and the General says it's premature to speculate how much the facility's 1,120 workers will be affected.
Hummer dealers currently have a stockpile of about 2,100 H3 variants on lots – enough of a supply to last seven months at the model's current take rate. Hummer spokesman Nick Richards told the DetNews that H3 production will ramp back up after the sale "once marketing kicks back in and there is new interest and enthusiasm." Of course, if the Hummer sale ends anything like GM's Saab and Saturn debacles, that date could be never.
[Source: The Detroit News]