• Feb 25, 2010
For years, Hummers – each one somehow bigger and more polluting than the next – were the easiest target in the automotive world for environmentalists . Need examples? How about this and this and this and, oh, you get the picture.

General Motors has been trying to sell the brand to Tengzhong, a Chinese company, but announced yesterday that this will not happen. GM said that it is still listening to offers for the brand, but it's looking likely that Hummer is not long for this world. To mark the news, we wanted to have a moment of silence for this tribute to the excesses of the 1990s and Naughts and the military mindset of the drivers bold enough to get behind the wheel, even the ones who think driving a Hummer is "a highly moral consumption choice."

There, that's long enough.

Don't worry, Hummer haters. These vehicles will be on the road for years to come and, when they're all gone, attention can turn to other gas guzzling monsters, like this year's thirsty champion the Ford F-250 Lariat.

[Source: GM]



PRESS RELEASE

HUMMER Sale to Tengzhong Cannot be Completed

-- Wind down of HUMMER business to begin

DETROIT, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors today announced that Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Co., Ltd. (Tengzhong) was unable to complete the acquisition of HUMMER. As a result, GM will begin the orderly wind-down of the HUMMER operations.

"One year ago, General Motors announced that we were going to divest HUMMER, as part of focusing our efforts on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac going forward. We have since considered a number of possibilities for HUMMER along the way, and we are disappointed that the deal with Tengzhong could not be completed," said John Smith GM vice president of corporate planning and alliances. "GM will now work closely with HUMMER employees, dealers and suppliers to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible manner."

GM will continue to honor HUMMER warranties, while providing service support and spare parts to current HUMMER owners around the world.

About General Motors: General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 204,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com
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      • 4 Years Ago
      The H1 was neat, but maintenance was pricey for civilians.

      Even for those who like to drive SUVs, the H2 & H3 were ripoffs - poor quality, poor reliability, dismal off-road performance.

      You know you've got a bad product when even Daimler/Chrysler-made Jeeps are beating your SUVs.

      Consumers voted with their wallets and likely still wouldn't buy GM-built Hummers even if GM still offered them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll join you on that NEP.

      Ever seen this site....www.fuh2.com.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Hummer is not, and never has been, the problem, or even a symbol of it.

      The problem is not burning too much fuel.

      The problem is burning the WRONG fuel - fuel that pollutes, holds our economy hostage to a greedy foreign cartel, and funds our violent enemies who make war on us.

      If the Hummer were fully flex fueled, able to run on clean-burning, consistently affordable, and non enemy funding alcohol fuel (methanol, ethanol), then nobody other than knee-jerk eco-Puritans would or should care about it.

      Ironically, GM had promised to make all Hummers flex fuel soon, just before OPEC-forced oil prices finally collapsed the economy and bankrupted the company.

      A few years earlier would have helped you a lot, GM.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When certain nasty, gullible hydrogen cultists have something of substance to say, I'll respond with substance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More racists rubbish from Carney.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What can be said other than "Good riddance!"

      Oh, and if you really miss the Hummer, then you can buy this:
      http://acgcars.com/hummer_h3/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still waiting for one of these:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl8mQhxhE_Q

      C'mon GM - you can do it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm, I just read that GM is looking at the two runner up offers. I think it's too early to call this one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The last one was the H3, the smallest Hummer ever...
        • 4 Years Ago
        ha i was thinking the same thing. the original was the biggest... then came the smaller h2. then the smaller h3... then the smaller h4 concept
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never did understand why people didn't like them as a brand. If you don't like them don't buy one but to criticize others for their choice doesn't make sense to me. I wouldn't make fun of you silly little Smart Car, at lest in front of you ;-)

      I always hoped to see a hybrid or electric H2 or perhaps even a high mileage diesel. They seemed like a nice ride to me but then I never have liked small cars really. What brought me to ABG (and I have read it daily for a couple years now) was a search for news on technology that might save me on operating costs (fuel really) on a Suburban or Escalade or similar. The two mode hybrid is OK but isn't available in anything bigger than a Tahoe and doesn't save tons of money on fuel as you all know.

      I really have no interest in the plethora of tiny cars that seem to cause so much interest here but to each his own. If you guys like them then go for it. Until there is advancements such that I can see low fuel costs in a vehicle that has the space and capability that I desire (note that I didn't claim a need) then I'm happy to pay for the gasoline to drive what I want. It's not your gas bill so why let it bug you?

      People can critcize the automakers for not making "smaller, more fuel efficient cars" all these years but they have me sized up correctly in that if they did, I wouldn't buy one. "making the existing fleet drastically more fuel efficient" would be something that would interest me.

      Having said all that, I believe in having the right tool for the job by having several vehicles and for commuting I plan to buy a Volt since it's just me in the car and never much stuff or the rest of the family. My other vehicles will remain spacious, convenient and powerful whether they do or don't burn gasoline or have extremely low operating costs.
      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      They needed to be an ultra luxury, low volume, very pricey redneck limousine, but they just were a very pricey, low volume redneck limousine. Still, when you get next to one they are a huge, impressive, disgusting display of wealth. They were just born a few decades too late.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there a grave i can piss on?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seen it!
        Expect their web traffic to drop soon.. maybe they'll switch over to flipping off G-Wagens or whatever :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can piss on my neighbors hummer. I wouldn't stop you...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "..attention can turn to other gas guzzling monsters, like this year's thirsty champion the Ford F-250 Lariat"

      Unless the F250 belongs to your plumber, then I would suggest you let him finish the job before you torch his truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Make sure to remind them to get either a NPR w/ better mileage and GVWR than a F-250, or if they don't need the extra hauling/towing capacity but need the space, a Sprinter at ~25mpg after the FD has put everything out. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      To everyone arguing against the statement that each hummer was larger than the next, this actually is correct. Note the word "NEXT". The H1 was larger than the next; the H2. In turn, the H2 was larger than the next; the H3.

      This is the exact same thing as saying each was smaller than the last. The H3 was smaller than the H2 before it, and the H2 was smaller than the H1 before it.

      Sorry for making both my first and second comment here about grammar.
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