It’s been over a year since the last Hummer rolled off the production line, ending the gas-guzzling era of the oversized and intimidating vehicle. Now, in a production more ironic than Congressman Anthony Weiner actually showing off his wiener, General Motors has unveiled an electric golf cart version of a Hummer for all of those men in plaid pants that want to display their machismo on the course. The MEV Hummer HX is now on sale for a bargain price - when compared to a full size Hummer - of $16,000.
The MEV Hummer HX electric golf cart was named after the HX concept revealed by GM in 2008. It is powered by a 3.75hp electric motor, but a $1,475 5.5hp electric motor is also available as an upgrade.
The model comes standard with upholstery embroidered with the H2 name, a custom floor kit, polished chrome wheels, side rails, a rear license plate, a painted front grille, H2 logos on the sides and rear, a HUMMER stamped rear bumper, and an H2 body kit licensed by General Motors. The HX MEV can also be ordered in a 6 passenger limo version for $3,874 or an 8 passenger version for $4,974.
Hit the jump for a video of the Mini Electric Hummer in action.
We’ve all been there. You’re standing in the line at a gas station and you look up to see that the lottery has been bumped up to some unimaginable number. As the clerk slowly rings up the customer in front of you, you think of all of the things you would be able to buy and accomplish if you were lucky enough to strike it rich. It’s your turn now and you’re feeling a little froggy, so you jump. One lotto ticket please.
Like we said, we’ve all been there. Unfortunately, some of us have been there a lot more times than others and the amount of money that is literally slipping right off your fingertips stacks up as your chances get trimmed down. This is the exact idea that designers Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom from the Rhode Island School of Design wanted to convey when they took $39,000 worth of lotto tickets and built a Hummer H3. They wanted everyone to see that with the money people have spent on lotto tickets, they could have just saved it up and bought something cool with it.
Their designs don’t just stop at Hummers either. Check out the gallery to see what other things were built using the useless pieces of paper that people paid for. We’re glad they built a Hummer because no one else is going to anymore.
The SUV that made a name for itself for being one of the most intimidating of any vehicle on the road is going out in a whimper. The last Hummer H3 - and the very last Hummer for that matter - rolled out of General Motors’ production facility in Shreveport, Louisiana last Monday, culminating the official end of one of America’s most iconic SUVs.
The last H3 was ordered by rental car agency Avis, which if we were these guys, we actually won’t rent out because of the "history" attached to it for being the very last Hummer ever built. Who knows, the SUV might fetch a pretty good price in the coming years.
Whatever Avis does with it though, is their business. More important to us is Hummer’s quiet curtain call. The irony is definitely intoxicating.
Hummer can’t catch a break, can it? If it’s bad enough that the brand is now on its way to being completely dissolved, now comes news that the Hummer H3 models manufactured from 2006 to 2010 are being recalled because of defective hood louvres. All in all, a total of over 162,000 Hummer models are included in the recall.
According to a report done by Consumer Reports, the hood louvres have the potential to become loose over time, causing it to completely fly off of the vehicle. It turns out that the tabs that keep the louvres in place are liable to break over time, which then causes vibrations that can loosen the entire hood louvres before separating off the hood completely.
As a result, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has issued a warning to H3 owners to be wary of the potential problem and that the slightest bit of vibration should be enough reason for them to call Hummer at 800-732-5493 or bring their H3s to their local GM dealerships to have the problem fixed as soon as possible.
Before General Motors officially winds down Hummer, one dealership is making sure that they can sell every last stock of their Hummers by offering prospective customers a deal that, quite frankly, is too good to pass up.
You might remember St. Louis-based Lynch Hummer dealership, which made the news last year for selling guns in their Hummer dealership to compensate for the less-than-stellar sales numbers of their Hummers. Well now that the SUVs are on their last run, the dealership is throwing in a free shotgun for every Hummer purchase.
You can’t say these guys have no eye towards cross promotion, can you?
The free shotgun is a Browning Citori White Lightning and it costs around $2,000. Prospective Hummer buyers will receive this shotgun absolutely free-of-charge, although they’re still required to file the necessary paperwork to apply for a gun license.
But if you fancy on becoming a shotgun-toting, Hummer-driving bad ass, you can kill two birds with one stone by going to the Lynch Hummer dealership in St. Louis.
General Motors has apparently gotten used to the age old adage, “if there’s no drama, then it isn’t worth the price of admission”.
We’re telling you this because, as it turns out, Hummer, which was on the brink of the guillotine after GM’s impending sale of the brand to Tengzhong fell through, may just have found new life.
According to the Wall Street Journal, two prior bidders for Hummer have stepped up to the plate in the hopes of saving the All-American SUV from the dust bin. The Wall Street Journal didn’t go on record as to say which two suitors have renewed their chase for Hummer, but it sure is worth pointing that this whole situation is eerily reminiscent of the whole General Motors-Saab-Spyker soap opera, which by the way, wasn’t made official until early this week.
Whether or not these two supposed ‘old’ suitors of Hummer have anything to offer to GM to make them consider selling it, it sure is going to be a very interesting few weeks for all the parties involved. But at the end of the day, Hummer has only two places to go. Either it follows Saab to salvation or it goes follows the bread crumbs left behind by the recently-deceased Saturn and Pontiac.
Keep it here and we’ll update you as soon as more information becomes available.
General Motors’ sale of Hummer to Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Co. Ltd. is dead and as a result GM has decided to just wind down the brand.
After months of negotiations, the agreement between Tengzhong and GM stalled because of a multitude of reasons, including poor sales of Hummer and the fact that the sale would go against the country’s increased efforts in curbing gas-guzzling vehicles in favour of more eco-friendly cars. The deal with Tengzhong was supposed to save Hummer from folding, which was what GM initially planned to do if it couldn’t find a partner to buy the brand.
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General Motors had a hard time unloading Saab off of its hands until Spyker eventually came to its rescue. Now it looks like GM is facing a little case of déjà vu after reports that Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery, the company that has been linked – for the longest time – as the would-be buyer of Hummer, is apparently getting cold feet.
According to Reuters, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce, the two governing bodies that would have to approve the sale of Hummer to Tengzhong is questioning the rationality of buying a brand that’s not necessarily famous for fuel-efficiency, in light of the fact that the country is now taking steps to become more eco-friendly. Guess nobody saw that coming, huh?
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After months of negotiations and a few bumps in the road along the way, General Motors has finally reached an agreement with China’s Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery to sell an 80% stake of Hummer to the China-based company.
News of the impending sale have been floating around for months now but for a time, the deal was met with some strong resistance from the Chinese government especially since the proposed purchase of a gas-guzzling vehicle like Hummer goes against the country’s new protocol of becoming more eco-friendly out on the roads.
But now it seems that the road to the sale has been smoothened out and while the deal still needs approval from a number of regulatory agencies in the US and China, it’s looking like it’s only a matter of time before Hummer finds a new home out on the Far East.
For its part, Tengzhong’s foray into the world of consumer vehicles is a step away from its comfort zone of only producing commercial trucks and industrial equipment. Nevertheless, the company is optimistic that it can make a seamless transition into producing fuel-efficient vehicles down the road.
According to Tengzhong’s CEO, Yang Yi: "We are excited about some of the initiatives already underway at HUMMER that we believe our investment will be able to accelerate, particularly related to the creation of the next generation of more fuel-efficient vehicles to meet not only future regulations but also customer expectations."
As part of the deal, GM will continue producing Hummer vehicles in its plants until June of 2011 with a possible one-year extension until 2012.
Press release after the jump.
It’s been awhile since we last heard of the Hummer-to-China deal, but apparently, the two sides have been working hard on ironing out the final kinks of the deal that would involve Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery buying one of the most iconic SUV brands in the world.
As part of the deal, which is expected to be completed at the latter part of the year, Tengzhong will maintain Hummer’s vast dealership network – the SUV brand is sold in more than thirty countries around the world.
A Tengzhong spokeswoman said: “there will be no change in Hummer’s existing global sales networks and the quality of its after sales services after the completion of the deal.”
For a while, the deal was being opposed by members of the Chinese government because it didn’t reflect too positively on the country’s attempt in becoming more eco-friendly.
Now it seems that the government has reserved course, with the commerce ministry softening its stance, saying that the deal was nothing more than a company taking advantage to grow its portfolio and network all over the world.
With talks now in the advanced stages, expect the deal between Tengzhong and Hummer to be finalized sooner than later.
There are eyesores and then there are EYESORES.
This custom-made Hummer H1 we found on Ebay must have had a cruel -yet extravagantly rich - owner whose sole purpose in purchasing this Hummer was to outfit it with an inordinate number of LCD TVs. How else can we explain this monstrosity of a creation.
On the outside, it looks like the Hummer was butchered and replaced with separate parts from an array of metal sheets that somehow ended up resembling a vehicle. If the vehicle`s exterior isn’t enough to drive you away from this monstrosity, the interior will most definitely will – unless of course you`re a big fan of ostrich leather dashboards and the aforementioned number of LCD TV`s that has somehow turned the interior of this Hummer into one of those military-issued mobile HQ units.
Now, of course, we`re not exactly demanding you to never entertain the thought of buying this car, but if you ever wish to be taken seriously by all of your peers for the rest of your life, use this one and only time to heed our suggestions.
If you browse through the Ebay page of the seller, you`ll notice that he said that over $185,000 were put into this Hummer to make it look like what it is now. But then you`ll also realize that the `Buy it Now` price only rounds up to $89,000 – almost a 100,000 less than how much he spent for it.
We`ll say it again, this is one bargain you`re better off not pursuing.
It’s beginning to look like Hummer is not moving to China after all.
Weeks after it was reported that General Motors was on its way to selling the beleaguered car franchise to investors from the East, strong objections towards the impending sale may have killed all the talks between GM and the Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp.
China’s planning agency was apparently behind the blocking of the sale, saying that purchasing the Hummer would go against China’s new energy-saving policies.
In addition to that, China’s National Development and Reform Commission also noted that while the Hummer remains one of the most popular SUV brands in the world, selling it off to a buyer that has neither the expertise nor experience to produce the Hummer would only hurt the franchise’s credibility in the long run.
You may recall the surprising news a while back that General Motors found a suitor for the Hummer from China, which caught a lot of people by surprise. And now, it may not come to fruition, after all.
We haven’t heard any response from General Motors yet, but with the strict laws in China regarding foreign purchases – they require regulatory approvals, by the way – it’s becoming more and more likely that GM should open the possibility of having to look for a different buyer for the Hummer franchise because as it stands, the Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp may have been pulled out of purchasing the Hummer by its own government.
One of the largest Hummer dealerships is about to close its doors forever. The only dealership to service the Las Vegas area will be at least the eighth Hummer dealer closing this year. This closing just compounds the problem General Motors is having selling the large SUV brand.
This closing is notable because of where it is taking place, and who is pulling the plug. The dealership was featured on the A&E reality TV show "King of Cars", where the Hummer sales were a hallmark of the dealership’s flashy image. Dealership owner Dan Towbin once said that Las Vegas is a custom fit for Hummer, “It’s all about bling and it’s in the desert”
To replace one trendy brand with another, the Las Vegas dealership will soon sell Smart models.
GM announced that by the end of 2010 all the Hummer vehicles will feature biofuel capability. Recently a dealership called Classic Chevrolet / Hummer opened public biofuel pumps and GM revealed a 2009 H2 SUT, which was E85 capable, described by the public who first saw it, as a derivate of the HX concept.
The biofuel station called Classic Clean Fuels, located in Dallas, Texas, offers biofuel at nine dedicated pumps which cost over $500,000. The dealership announced that it will deliver E85 capable vehicles with an extra tank of E85 . “We sell a lot of trucks capable of running on alternative fuels like E85, and even though there has been some increased availability, we saw a need for more E85 pumps where drivers could fill up” said Charles Martin, general manager at Classic Chevrolet / Hummer.
General Motors has confirmed the 2010 Hummer H4. It will share its under body with another upcoming compact architecture but, the fun doesn’t stop there as the H3 sees the addition of a diesel model down under and the addition of a new H3 SUT model in 2008.
Martin Walsh mentioned the addition of a smaller Hummer that will sit below the current H3. "It will be another GM platform that will allow us to build a smaller vehicle," he says.
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