Related imageHummer H2 Stretched Limousine, the Hummer became defunct in May 24, 2010

The Hummer

This is an all terrain gas guzzling four-wheel-brand of SUVs and trucks. drive vehicle and designed for civilian use.  General Motors (GM) purchased the Hummer brand name from AM General in 1999.  The H1 production  continued until June 2006. The H2  and H3 were much smaller designs for the civilian market.

Hummer H1

Related image2002 Hummer H1 Wagon

Hummer H1 was the first model of the Hummer family range, based on the M998 Humvee,  with modifications to make it suitable on the roads for civilian use. Designed and introduced to the civilian market in 1992 by American Motors   (AM) General.

The High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) was designed and built by (AM) General having been awarded the contract from the military.

Hummer H2

The Hummer H2 had two variations. The H2 SUV (Sport utility vehicle) was the second vehicle in the Hummer range, made in the AM General’s assembly plant in the northern Indiana town of Mishawaka. The second variation was the H2 SUT (sport utility truck). This was a Pick Up truck version. The H2 was introduced to the market in 2002

Hummer H3

Related imageHummer H3

The H3 was manufactured by GM at  the Shreveport, Louisiana assembly plant. The production of the  H3 SUV was from 2005 – 2010 while the production of the H3T pickup truck was from 2009 -2010. The H3 was the smallest of the Hummer models.

Stretch limousines

Related imageHummer H3 Stretched Limousine

The popularity of the H2 Hummer with the general public created a demand for a large scale production of a stretched limousine version. The H2 was cut behind the cab and the chassis extended to create a passenger section for up to 22 passengers.

The demand for stretched limousines started in the United States and became very popular in the UK and Australia. The limousine hire industry have adapted the all terrain vehicle to become a social vehicle to celebrate events. Although not in mass production since 2010, these vehicles are still modified and engineered by private manufacturers worldwide

The End of a Brand

June 1, 2009 GM made a bankruptcy announced that the Hummer brand would discontinue. The following day it announced that it had reached a deal to sell to an undisclosed buyer. By February 24, 2010, the  deal with a China-based machinery company collapsed and the Hummer brand would  shut down.

The Hummer sales peaked in 2006 and by 2008 gas prices sky rocketed and the financial crisis of 2007–2008  turned out to be the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. In the last two decades the car industry has gone from selling gas guzzlers to selling gas misers and zero emission vehicles. Plug in Hybrid cars and electric vehicles hit the 3m+ milestone by the end of 2017.