Originally, Hummers were built in South Bend, Indiana, by AM General Corporation, which was the government vehicle
division of American Motors. AM General had planned a civilian version of the large vehicle as long ago as the late
1980s. Publicity for such a vehicle began in 1990 when two matching white Hummers were driven from London to Beijing over
the less-than-perfect roads of the then Soviet Union. Built to go off-road, they made the trip with no problems, and
their journey was broadcast on ESPN. The next year, the Hummer's military version, the HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose
Wheeled Vehicle, or Hum-Vee) garnered even more attention because of its use during Operation Desert Storm.
The first civilian version of the Hum-Vee was made available to the public in 1995 under the name Hummer, allegedly
because Arnold Schwarzenegger asked them to. (The rumor is that he was impressed by a convoy of HMMWVs that he saw while
filming Kindergarten Cop.) Three years later, AM General sold the brand name to General Motors. Even though they
continued to manufacture the vehicles, GM took over the responsibility for marketing and distribution.
Over the next two years, GM introduced the H2 and H3, and renamed the original to H1.
AM General continued to build the H1 until the line was stopped in 2006, and is contracted by GM to build the H2. The H3
is constructed in Shreveport, LA, in the same plant as the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks.
Hummer took on the international market in 2006, with select importers in Europe and other markets. The international
version H3 is now being produced in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, for local use as well as export to Australia, Europe,
Japan, and the Middle East. In addition, the H2 has been produced in Kaliningrad, Russia by Avtotor since June 2004,
strictly for local use.
Today, the Hummer is represented by roughly 300 dealers in 34 countries. A little more than half of those dealers are in
2010 Hummer H3
Many Americans find it difficult to believe that the military-inspired 2010 Hummer H3 offers a smooth, comfortable ride. Even when cruising through the most hair-raising of corners, the H3 delivers stability and confident performance. Responsive, firm steering reassures the driver; especially on highways, but not so much to be annoying in parking lots. And unlike the Humvee's that we see in the news each day, the new Hummer H3 offers plenty of amenities for comfort and convenience. Some of the many standard features include:.
Simple-to-operate cruise control;.
Tiltable steering wheel;.
Rear window wiper/washer;.
Powered doors, windows and locks;.
Remote keyless entry;.
Split-folding rear seats;.
Tire pressure monitoring;.
Since its inception, the Hummer has taken the attention from consumers worldwide. Its undeniable appeal strikes the imagination and inspires exploration. Exploration becomes all the more feasible when considering that the 2010 H3 Hummer delivers a solid 18 miles per gallon of petrol spent on the highways. more
2009 Hummer H3T
The 2009 Hummer H3T is classified as a sport utility truck - a combination SUV/pickup that features a 5-passenger crew cab with four doors and plenty of interior space.
2009 Hummer H3
The 2009 Hummer H3 is deceptively small for this family of vehicles. While the H3 joins the mid-size category which includes the Infiniti FX , its power and capabilities are anything but tiny.
2009 Hummer H2 SUT
The pickup version of the controversial Hummer H2, the 2009 Hummer H2 SUT, is certainly one of the most impressive vehicles on the road. Based on the Hummer H2 body style, descendant of the military replacement for the venerable Jeep, the SUT is one vehicle that can get it done.
2009 Hummer H2
The 2009 Hummer H2 combines on-road luxuries with off-road capabilities. The H2 is a carryover from the prior model year. This seven-passenger SUV's trademark tank-like exterior is both contemporary and sleek, while the 2009 H2's inside is equipped with a wealth of added features.