• Mar 16, 2010
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Even though both the Saturn and Hummer brands are being phased out, General Motors has reportedly revived production of both the Outlook crossover and H3 SUV to meet consumer demands.

Last month, GM assembled 1,037 Outlooks at its Lansing, Michigan facility, which is where the crossover's Lamda platform stablemates (Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia) are built. A spokesperson for GM states that production was reinstated to utilize the rest of the Saturn-specific material at the facility, and that the automaker will continue to assemble the Outlook for a few more weeks.

Hummer, on the other hand, will produce 849 H3 and H3Ts to fulfill an order placed by a fleet company. GM's Shreveport, Louisiana plant will commence production of these vehicles on April 12, and the automaker says that this order will be completed no later than May 13. After that, the Shreveport plant will continue to only produce the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups, though the fate of those vehicles is rather shaky, as well.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a market for Hummers in Japan:

      http://www.hummer.co.jp/
      • 4 Years Ago
      They still have back orders or what?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder if they have any leftover Solstice Coupe parts...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The brands that refuse to die?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Read between the lines about the Colorado and Canyon trucks that they are on shaky ground and likely to be discontinued... gives fuel to Ford's decision to bring the global upgraded Ranger to the US... with the 2.0 I4 EcoBoost making 250HP and torque in a 6-speed auto good for well over 30 MPG... plez!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like Shreveport will be another ghost town by the end of the year.
        I have been trying to determine what will become of the Colorado/Canyon.
        It would be a nice fit if they could pair it with the Trailblazer, but even that horse may not have enough gas to make it to the finish line.
        I hope GM doesn't venture down the same road as Dodge Dakota and go FWD (yuch).
        The aging Ford Ranger is on life support too.
        Congratulations Toyota Tacoma...it looks like winner takes all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I won't belabor the point again, but although this is an enthusiast blog and nobody cares, I really think killing Saturn was a mistake.

      - It had room for future growth as a brand, because,
      - It was not perceived as GM by typical non-enthusiast people buyers (thus not as "tainted")
      - had high owner loyalty, at least in the beginning
      - yes the Outlook was the best looking of the Lambdas
      - yes the cars were dull and not that special, but that never stopped Toyota
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The aging Ford Ranger is on life support too". - Jamie

      Ford is making you believe that. That have been building the Euro Ranger for years which will be coming over to the U.S. shortly.

      Patience is a virtue.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Way to be decisive GM. Because its not like constantly changing your plan has any costs involved.

      If they're not careful they might go bankrupt.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Cars aren't even appliances... they are simply fashion statements...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dang! Hummer just won't die...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Careful your anti American bias is showing ......
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha, I just wish America would get it together and realize that more does not always equal better in vehicles and in life. I'm an American and I can easily say that America is a fad nation. People here change like the wind. Loved Hummers, now they hate em. Loved Myspace, now its all Facebook. America used to love cars, now most are nothing but appliances. It used to be about the thrill of the drive, the open road. Now American stares at screens, and worried if there cars are Ipod-compatible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Huh? What? Tell me it ain't so?

        GM is going to re-start production on dead models and dead brands so that they can turn around and use heavy incentives to get rid of the inventory through dealers who are going out of business. Instead of putting their time and energy to focus on the 4 remaining core GM brands.

        Yep. Makes a lot of sense to me. //sarcasm.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm curious who placed the order for the H3s.Why not just order Canyons or Colorados? Pretty much the same thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Somebody that wants to see their business fail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AVIS ordered the Hummers. I heard that most of them are going over to places like Iraq or where they are needed. So I believe it is a homeland security thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Judy

        "PR speak" I love your cynicism. If this blog entry were titled "GM junking Saturn grills and Hummer H3 specific parts" I think there'd be a big outcry as to why they were wasting your tax dollars. They seem to have found a way to squeeze a minimal profit, use up parts that are just laying around, and keep workers busy. There's no need to look for anything negative to say. I suppose they could just dump all the parts in the ocean and make some sort of artificial reef out of it, maybe that would make every body happy instead, no?
        • 4 Years Ago
        PR speak. The reality is someone probably placed a large order for the H3 because they were offered a whale of a deal. GM has the parts sitting around anyway so why not? Same goes for the restart on the Outlook. The Outlook is only selling because of the deep discounts. Unfortunately it does mean cannibalizing sales of the more profitable twins but overall selling a few steeply discounted Outlooks might also draw some other buyers and add volume. Anyone shopping the other models would be a fool not to buy an Outlook at a steep discount.

        Both of these decisions will add volume to their sales numbers but likely do nothing to help the bottom line.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Last I checked, the Colorado/Canyon twins weren't available with 33" tires, front and rear electric lockers, or a 4:1 low range transfer case like the H3/H3T. (that's not to say that the last H3s in question are going to be equipped with those features though).

        Why do people buy Lexus or Acura or Infinity instead of Toyota, Honda, or Nissan? Pretty much the same thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My guess would be the American Red Cross, they have a lot of H3s in their fleet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      avis ordered the hummers and most will be sent overseas to places like iraq.
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