The Hummer is one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road, even to those who are not auto enthusiasts. The latest offering from the Hummer line will continue in the tradition of its predecessors. The all new Hummer H3T will make its debut for the new model year 2009.
The Hummer was originally designed for use by the military to transport troops and light equipment over rough terrain. In 1992, AM General introduced a civilian version of this off road beast. Although not everyone could afford it, everyone seemed to be impressed with this latest addition to the growing SUV market. One of the most attractive features of the Hummer was the fact that it retained its distinctive appearance that made it recognizable as a military vehicle. In 1999, General Motors bought the rights to the Hummer name. They were responsible for the marketing and distribution of the vehicle that was still produced by AM General.
The original Hummer production vehicle was known as the H1, which was produced until 2006. GM began to realize that the H1 wasn't as practical as it was cool. Most people couldn't justify dropping that kind of cash on a vehicle they couldn't do much with, or keep fuel in. These realizations lead GM to develop smaller versions of the Hummer, which retained the unique appearance of the original. These were the H2 and H3, which are still in production today. The H3 is actually the best selling model in the Hummer line. This is due, in large part, to the fact that it is smaller and more practical to the actual car buying public.
Now, with the falling sales of most SUVs, GM is looking to inject some life into their own line. This is where the Hummer H3T comes in. Basically, the H3T is built on the same platform as the H3, with the exception of a 22.3 inch longer wheel base that allows them to accommodate a 5 foot cargo bed. That's right; there is now a Hummer truck. This design is in an effort to combat reduced sales by introducing something with a little more versatility. The hope is that many people will be intrigued with the idea of a pickup truck that has the distinctive looks of a Hummer. In addition to that, GM has included loads of accessories that allow a number of customizations for hauling and carrying cargo. The question is, however, will this be enough to attract buyers who have abandoned their passion for SUVs in favor of the fuel economy of smaller cars? Only time will tell.