• Mar 9, 2010
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Unless a buyer for Hummer materializes in the next few months, General Motors will continue to wind-down its environmental group dart board. The slow death of Hummer has actually been in process since before The General announced that the sale of the brand to China's Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery fell through, as the company's Shreveport, LA facility stopped making H3 and H3T models in January.

But while Shreveport has been down for two months, it looks like the plant could dust off the H3 tooling to fill one more big order. Brandcentric site Hummerguy.net is reporting that GM is ramping up production of the H3 from April 12 to May 13 to fill a 849 unit order. The General reportedly didn't announce the purchaser of the reported mega Hummer order, but the Detroit, MI-based automaker did say that the order was not related to the brand's wind-down or sale.

We're thinking this news won't stop Hummer from off-roading into the sunset, but it does at least prove that there are still people that like Hummers. Now all GM needs is a Hummer lover with a spare $150 million laying around the compound to step up and buy the withering brand.



[Source: Hummer Guy]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I say to GM reconfigure the Hummer line to run on clean diesel, biofuel and/or natural gas. I think that's where the money lies for this type of vehicle going forward.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True that Gerry. A turbo diesel would have best in class fuel economy and amazing torque for towing and off-roading. Why GM has never done a diesel in the H3 is a real mystery.
        • 4 Years Ago
        jonwil,

        Your points are valid, but the real issue for Hummer is political correctness related to fuel consumption. With a diesel, the H3 would avoid the political attacks because it would have best in class fuel economy and would be a viable brand again.

        Also, the Germans all have diesels in America right now, so obviously it can be done and work in the marketplace.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In order to comply with emissions rules in the US, diesel cars must have a lot of extra crap (like particulate filters). This means that a diesel car would cost a fair bit more than a similar gasoline car (even more than the cost difference in Europe).
        The automakers would be worried about investing all the money to develop diesel cars only to see consumers pick the gasoline model because the extra cost of the diesel version cant be justified (even with any fuel cost savings over the life of the vehicle)
      AMERICAN
      • 4 Years Ago
      i guess everybody has made good points.bottom line is lets let another american company fail so we can continue to support a foreign company.why would anyone want so support a company that pays workers $30 an hr.(which is about what one needs to live and support a family)it makes much more sense to buy a foreign car so we can make sure the koreans get thier $1.00 an hr.why is it that we cry so much about how much we pay american auto workers but our cars are cheaper?and why are we so brainwashed to believe that foreign cars are better?i have been working on cars for 20 years,i am not partial to any one brand but i can tell you american cars are as good or better than almost any foreign car out there.and as for trucks,if you need a truck for work,off road use,towing,its not even close american trucks are far better than ANY foreign truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IMO. I don't care what some uninformed, limp wristed, tree hugging, kool-aid drinking, pansy liberals think about me or the vehicle I drive. I'm willing to pay the extra cost to have a vehicle that goes just about anywhere and can pull my 3500 pound boat up a 30 degree ramp without working up a sweat. I traded a Durango for a H-3, and the get-up & go is definitely comparable, but the H-3's torque curve and MPG are better. The 3.7 five cylinder and driveline is based on GM's Chevy Colorado. I don't hear you pansies moaning about other vehicles that get the same or worse mpg. The H-3's emissions are cleaner than the majority of the vehicles on the road today. But then again, perception rules over facts these days. In your frenzied brains, just placing the Hummer name on it makes it bad.

      If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one.
      If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

      If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat.
      If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

      If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy.
      A liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

      If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
      If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

      If a black man or Hispanic are conservative, they see themselves as independently successful.
      Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

      If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
      A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

      If a conservative doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels.
      Liberals demand that those they don't like be shut down.

      If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church.
      A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)

      If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
      A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

      If a conservative slips and falls in a store, he gets up, laughs and is embarrassed.
      If a liberal slips and falls, he grabs his neck, moans like he's in labor and then sues.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, I'm as liberal as they come and I love my H3 which I have owned for over 4 years.

        For us liberals, the H3 represents the freedom to go anywhere anytime regardless of conditions, i.e., mission capable. We also like being different from the crowd instead of conforming to social norms.

        I also like being able to actually get to the wild places without having to hike in. Liberals love freedom for all which is what the H3 gives you.
        terrytunes
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank you for clarifying all those points. I have often wondered and now I am certain that I AM DEFINITELY A CONSERVATIVE!!!!! YOU GO, PAT!!!
      Danny
      • 4 Years Ago
      Simple, Chevy and GMC trucks all share everything. The Hummer would take an entire retooling of a running plant, or they'd have to keep the present plant open. Which, of course, defeats the whole purpose.
      Rich Brach
      • 4 Years Ago
      Diesel, baby! When the big four decide to go the same route as Europe, you will see.......... Diesel is the new hybrid. Just look at the Jetta. If the F-150 came with an economical diesel, numbers would climb. Disel choices in all Hummers would have saved them, but no it's too late.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This company/car just needs to die already and disappear already. I really cannot stand the sight or existence of them (and worse still, the people who buy them!).
        • 4 Years Ago
        David, you don't like Hummers so no one else should be able to have them? Get down off your high horse.

        And no, I don't own a Hummer nor do I want to. But I value liberty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        why because your not able to buy one or too cheap. most buyers are upscale americans, not midway getto. bet you drive a yoda.
        jdspringer
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hi Dave:

        I find it interesting, you make such a stupid comment, but I wouldn't expect anything any differnt from a braindead liberal. Who are you to tell me what I can and can't drive. The Hummer H-3 which I own and my wife drives is an awesome Truck. Did, you know 90% of the H-3 have a 5 cyclinder engine, and we also get 16.4 miles per gallon ? We had a Jeep Liberty priior to that that got 13.3 mpg with a V-6 in it.

        So, I ask you why is my wife & myself so bad as well as our Hummer H-3 ? John
        danno
        • 4 Years Ago
        yea idiot i am sure your much more comfortable in your honda looks almost like a hummer...or how about toyotas new 4-runner that is almost identical to the h-3..just a differnt grill facade..sure your crazy about them...Bought a h-3 in 08 love it.. literally no weather can stop you..oh but you know that when you drive your little nissan box to the grocery store....up to twenty mpg on the road in the h-3..and you american car buyers let public opinion keep you from even test driving one..sad story...great little suv bites the dust....for no practical reason at all...this winters count of vehicals off the road in my little area...14 ford small to large cars and pick-ups..12 honda's..11 toyota's..6 mercedes...one snow plow.....hummers.....0......
        • 4 Years Ago
        no Bob, everyone should drive the RS5.
        ejlo1972
        • 4 Years Ago
        DAVID YOUR JUST JEALOUS YOU PROBABLY ARE STILL RIDING AROUNG IN THAT 1980'S YUGO CAR. DONT BE HATER SOMEDAY YOU WILL RIDE IN A NICE CAR PERHAPS LOL. I OWN AN H3 AND LOVE IT!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        David, I hate to say it but I can slightly agree with you, but for different reasons. This company has priced it's self out of a job due to greed and excessive unnecessary waste and from this plant in particular. These guys get $30 an hour to tighten 6 screws on a production line, if you try to tighten 7 screws, you get fired( you are taking away someone else's job to tighten that 1 screw). I have personally seen at this plant; workers pouring out 200 quart bottles of new air line oil that came with new air tools into a waste oil drum. The tools were ok with GM, but the recommended oil for the tools, took away from their other supplier. Boy, its a good thing we bailed these guys out so they can continue the great job they have always done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The H3 and H3T are excellent vehicles that far out perform their competition. Compared to V-8 powered SUVs, they are more fuel efficient.

      But for the political correctness that equates Prius with automotive perfection, the H3 & H3T would be highly regarded for engineering and design. Unfortunately, politics trumps everything and off-roading is now politically incorrect. Our conformist society has returned us to the Eisenhower era, but without rock & roll.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wasn't praising the H3's fuel economy; just pointing out that it is no different than competitive SUVs that never get criticized for their fuel economy. So when people bash the H3 for being a "gas guzzler" they are just ignorant.

        BTW, the 09 Toy 4Runner 4.7 V8 gets worse mileage than the H3, according to the EPA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't say anything about driving on sidewalks. But I have often have had to drive over curbs in parking lots which are deliberately designed to force drivers to go only one way to get out.

        Where I live, in a congested urban area, drivers are constantly cutting me off when I drive the wife's Accord. It is very dangerous and annoying, but they couldn't care less. They don't cut me off in my H3 which was my point.

        Prius drivers are obviously risking their lives to save gas. That's their choice, but it's not my choice. I want a vehicle that would save my life in an accident which is obviously more rational than saving gas. If Prius drivers have a death wish, that's not my problem.

        Prius drivers are just conformists out of the 1950s who want to be politically correct and fit in with the crowd. Saving gas is their sole purpose for driving. They are boring dweebs who have no lives.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, I was going by the 2010 4Runner numbers. But I apologize. I get what you are saying. I mean, every SUV sucks on gas. It's funny listening to the people I work with who own older SUVs (models from the 90s) and all they do is complain about the 10 MPGs they get in the city.

        Plus, they are the ones that have the mentality that they NEED SUVs yet 90% of the time there is only one person in the vehicle. And they only have one or two kids but never tow anything with it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And praising it ludicrous, too. Mileage is worse then the 4Runner (look it up) and is EXTREMELY close to those others you listed. If there was maybe a five mile difference city and highway, I could see it. But it's within a mile or two.

        And I work with a former H3 owner and he wasn't averaging much better then the people I work with who have Yukon/Tahoes, GCs, Explorers, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        On the road, the H3 is highly maneuverable and easily gets into tight parking spaces. The ride and handling are fine. The H3 can run over potholes and rough roads with no problem while climbing curbs easily when a shortcut is needed. Driving in snow is actually fun and other cars on the road get out of your way rather than cut you off like they would if you were driving an Accord.

        It also has good cargo capacity and the driving position is excellent with oversized side mirrors that provide good vision to the sides. Although it is a compact vehicle, it is highly visible on the road to other drivers. At 60 mph cruising, it gets over 20 mpg on regular and it has good acceleration from stop due to the high torque motor.

        In a head-on collision with a Prius or many other cars, an H3 driver would be uninjured while the Prius driver would be dead. So the H3 definitely doesn't "suck" on the road and I have been satisfied driving mine for over 4 years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're talking about the Isuzu-pickup-based Hummers with the 5-cylinders and 4-speed automatics? And no room in the back seat?

        I've driven several of them. Good off road, but in 99% of the driving that 99% of H3 buyers actually do (i.e. grocery getting), they flat suck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When did 14 city/18 highway become more fuel efficient? You do realize that mileage is pretty much equal to an Escalade? And worse then a Tahoe?

        I would hope they are more fuel efficient. They do lack the power. But the fuel mileage advantage is barely noticeable on the H3. It's within a mile or two of the V-8 competition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The H3 is more fuel efficient than the V8 Jeep GC, Toy 4Runner, LR4, Benz GL450 and Nissan Pathfinder, which are its closest competitors. Many of those vehicles also require premium, so H3 makes more sense especially since premium is not always available in remote locations that off-roaders enjoy.

        Bashing the H3 for fuel economy is ludicrous.
      msolare
      • 4 Years Ago
      Count me in!!! phewop118 interesting idea!

      We have an H3, thought we'd give GM another chance, given all the bad experience we've had with GM in the past.
      Somewhat disappointed- didn't stand up to all the hype that was advertised, however, it's different and it's handling is really pretty good. Gas wise, come on everybody, it's right in there with everybody else.
      All American cars are gas guzzlers, it's the American way.
      Had the Big 3 had ANY foresight, it would and could have produced more fuel, real fuel efficient cars, but they didn't want to. G R E E D.

      A lot of people like it, GM is making a mistake, should of paired it with Cadillac, that's real fuel efficient.
      chris
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's no reason anyone needs to drive an obnoxiously over-sized vehicle like the Hummer. Unless of course, you have a pinky-sized penis, are a deluded diesel-dyke with the ridiculous notion that "trucks are for girls", or you need to "own the road" because outside of your vehicle you are a total wuss.
      kathy
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, I listened to too many of you treehuggers. I owned, repeat, OWNED an H2. Traded it for a smaller, more economical SUV (GM Envoy). Wow, did I gain alot! A whopping 2.5 mpg. I gave up the most comfortable, easy to drive vehicle I've ever owned. As for price, compare an H2 with your green vehicles. The H2 and H3 are both not only comparable, but priced less. If half of you idiots would quit reading Consumer Reports (which I feel is secretly funded by foreign auto manufacturers) and listening to JD Powers (who probably have Toyotas as company cars) and actually drive one of these vehicles or talk to owners, maybe you would have a more informed view of this brand. I am so sorry that GM has decided to scrap the HUMMER brand. They can't compete in the auto market now and these are, in my humble opinion, their best, most reliable product. It's a shame you won't be able to experience the FUN, yes, FUN of owning one of these fine vehicles. I am a fan to the end.
      chicobombico
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just what we need 800 more of these gas eating tanks. Why not just build some M! tanks. These Hummers are useless, I have never seen one driven off road, useless status symbols, enough!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chevy Hummer or GMC Hummer would work. Kill the brand but not the H3 or H3t. This will give G.M. something that can compete with Toyotas FJ. They could sell 15,000 to 20,000 units a year with the larger dealer network. GMC could also do a heavy duty version for fleet sales.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You and I both know this, but it is good press for them to just let it go and concentrate on the core four. If they keep it and try to save it all the hypocrites will come out and say Government Motors is wasting their stolen tax money on gas hogs that are ruining the environment. Meanwhile these people won't say anything about the fact that the H3 gets mileage on par with all midsized SUvs and they won't point any fingers at the Sequioa, the Armada, LX, QX, Land Rover or any other foreign large V8 powered SUV. Hummer just doesn't have enough brand equity left for GM to risk any more money or more importantly public equity on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is this a good idea? They aren't selling now, why would they sell 15,000-20,000 units with a Chevy or GMC badge on the hood? People know a Hummer when they see one, they have a very distinct look and a new badge isn't going to make people think twice. The FJ isn't selling either so there is nothing to compete with here. I have connections to Toyota and they say everyone who wanted an FJ got one, they can't move them anymore and they don't connect it with gas because they were selling like hotcakes when the gas prices jumped. They were a fad too, just like the Hummer.
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