Watch out, Bollinger: GM is Bringing Back the Hummer as an Electric Car
Rumors about an all-electric version of the Hummer have been soaring over the internet for a while, but it looks like they will finally come to fruition thanks to GM.
According to a report concocted by The Wall Street Journal, General Motors will breathe life into the discontinued Hummer nameplate as it wants to place it on a new electric pickup truck.
Mil-Spec Automotive Revives the Hummer H1
While it failed as a brand as soon as it launched the H3, Hummer became an iconic brand with the H1. Produced by AM General from 1992 until 2006, the H1 is still regarded as one of the best off-road, military-based civilian vehicles ever built. 12 years have passed since it was discontinued, and the H1 returns as a restomod vehicle by Mil-Spec.
Tupac Shakur’s Hummer H1 Sold For $337,144
Tupac may have been killed in 1996, but he is still regarded as a legend in the rap community. That’s probably why his Hummer H1 sold for such an exorbitant amount recently at auction. The 1996 model commanded $337,144 when the gavel fell, making it one of the more expensive H1s in existence.
The military turned civilian H1 fell into Tupac’s mother’s care after his death, after only two months of ownership by Tupac. Apparently, it was driven very little, having only 10,101 mile on the odometer when sold. Beside its low mileage, the H1 features plenty of extras, including off-road lights, a 360-degree spotlight, a grille guard, diamond-plate bumpers, an external PA system with three sirens, and a 12,000-pound winch.
Inside, the H1 sports burled wood with beige leather seats. A 12-disc CD changer and Sony GPS system are telltale signs of its mid-1990s origins. Of course, the interior also features power windows and door locks, and controls for the central tire inflation system. The CTIS offers the driver complete control over tire pressure from inside the cab, allowing him to air down when heading off road. After wheeling is done, an on-board air compressor allows for road-going tire pressure to be achieved – all by pushing a dash-mounted button.
What’s more, the H1 came with plenty of authenticity and memorabilia, including two copies of the vehicle’s registration information listing Tupac as the original owner, a copy of the affidavit for transfer to his mother, and a license plate that reads “YAKNPAK,” reffering to the late rapper Yaki ”Prince” Kadafi and Tupac. There’s also promotional cassettes for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me.
“It’s an incredible piece of hip-hop history that evokes the invincible spirit of one of rap’s true lyrical giants,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. “We are thrilled at the price achieved and with the continued success of our specialty themed auctions.”
There’s no word on who actually sold the H1, but we’re assuming it was Tupac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, is who put the vehicle up for auction.
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General Motors has announced it is recalling nearly 200,000 Hummer H3 and H3T SUVs and trucks due to a faulty connector to the HVAC system’s blower motor. Reports indicate the connection can overheat and could potentially start a fire if the blower motor is ran at its medium or high settings for an extended time.
There are reports of at least 42 fires related to the blower motor connector and at least three occupants have received minor burns. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also looking into the incident since it has received complaints dating back to 2009.
The GM-headed recall covers more than 196,000 H3 and H3Ts from 2006 through 2010 – which is basically the entire lifespan of the vehicle. Hummer H3Ts were produced in 2009 and 2010 only, but are included in the recall as well. Roughly 165,000 of those Hummers are located inside the U.S. with the remainder located globally.
GM has not mentioned extending this recall to the first-generation Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks though the vehicles share many of the same components.
As with all recalls, owners can have their vehicles serviced at a dealership at no cost to them. Owners will soon be contacted about having the recall serviced and GM says it will replace the connector and the wiring harness to the HVAC blower motor.
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The rumblings of GMC possibly building a Jeep Wrangler competitor appears to be gaining traction as the Wall Street Journal now reports the GM division has asked its dealership network for opinions on the possibilities of expanding its lineup. You may recall we’ve already heard GMC’s vice president Duncan Aldred speak on the topic back in November.
In that interview with Edmunds.com, Aldred admitted the GMC lineup had room for an “active all-road, Wrangler-esque type of vehicle.” He continued saying in regards to the automaker, "I have come to do a job and change the face of the brand. … We are looking at everything. What segments will grow? What segments will not? We are evaluating all possibilities that could really turbocharge the brand and the growth."
What’s more, the WSJ reports GM is considering implementing “cues and capability” from the Hummer brand. How far GMC would take the cues in the design process was not discussed further, but it seems the Aldred and the automaker are looking into incorporating the Hummer legacy into the potential Wrangler-fighter.
As I speculated in the earlier post, GMC does have the respected Jimmy name it could pull from retirement. Even more convincing is the realization GMC has use of the midsize Canyon pickup truck as the backbone of the new SUV. Its body-on-frame design is ideal for serious off-road duty. The Canyon’s powertrains would also translate over well.
This sharing system already worked for GM’s off-road SUVs in the past, as the Hummer H2 was based on the Chevy Tahoe while the H3 was based on the then-current Chevy Colorado. It’ll be interesting to see this rumor’s outcome.
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It’s been a while since we last heard something about the Hummer H2, but now the folks over at SR Auto Group have decided to bring it back to our attention with its sweet "Project Magnum." Based on the H2, the new Project Magnum has soared sky high since our first encounter many years ago. Since its conception, it has gone through a couple phases to evolve to where it’s at today.
The project started with the addition of a new Fabtech lift kit and a new set of 20-inch wheels, featuring a matte-black face and a gloss-black lip. The wheels are wrapped in monstrous off road tires sized at 40×15.5×20.
The package continues with a set of Brembo brakes and a Hotchkis rear sway bar. For the exterior, SR Auto Group opted for a Leios matte black paint, a wide fender flare kit, and a strut grille kit. The last piece of the package is a throaty Magnaflow exhaust system that makes the engine sound even more beastly.
Now Project Magnum is ready to enter the new year with a brand new look and sound!