Originally owned by AM General, the brand began selling the Hummer, a civilian version of the military-spec HUMVEE, in 1992. And while the sales volume to civilians was appropriately low, with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger behind the wheel the H1 became a cultural icon. GM bought the Hummer name in 1998 and renamed the HUMVEE the H1 before adding two smaller models. The H2 was built atop the Tahoe/Yukon architecture, while the Wrangler-esque H3 adapted the chassis and powertrain of Chevy's Colorado pickup. As but one outcome of GM's 2009 bankruptcy the Hummer brand was discontinued in 2010. Today, the signature architecture of Hummer facilities is often repurposed as pre-owned showrooms for adjacent GM dealerships.
In the pre-owned market all Hummer models have retained a relatively high percentage of their original purchase price, and the design of the H3 has held up remarkably well. Functionally, the H2 is far larger outside than it will feel inside, while the H3 4-door is a valid alternative to Jeep's Wrangler Unlimited.
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