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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Save the Hummer!

The General Motors Corporation is considering the sale of its Hummer brand or shut down of production.

As I had written in a blog-post, earlier, the Hummer is, arguably, the best small general-purpose vehicle available to the civilian population of the world, in terms of off-road driving capabilities (even if it does not look quite as good as, say, the Jeep Wrangler). I am sure that there are many others like me, around the world, who would be saddened immensely, if the Hummer's production were to be shut down. The brand being sold off might offer some hope yet, but it is difficult to anticipate the kind of changes that a purchaser might want to bring about in the vehicle.

One can blame it all on the ever-increasing oil prices, I suppose. However, the prices of oil are expected to stabilise in the long-term and in the short- to the medium-terms, the attempts being made towards increasing fuel-efficiency of the Hummers as well as to run these on alternate fuels should have a positive impact on sales.

Buyers, especially in North America, have been known, in the past, to revert to purchasing Sport Utility/Four-Wheel Drive (4x4) vehicles, as soon as prices of fossil fuels start falling. Besides, not only has a new, all-aluminium engine (which is, obviously, much lighter and, therefore, a vehicle powered by it is likely to be more fuel-efficient than one powered by an engine made of cast-iron) been built for the Hummer H3, but I have also heard that a hybrid version of the Hummer i.e. one powered by a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor that runs on batteries, is already on the drawing board.

Hummers that run on 'greener' fuels like Hydrogen and Bio-Diesel have already been widely reported about, especially because of some famous owners, like body building champion-turned-actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarznegger, of such vehicles.

I sincerely hope that all these factors will help tilt the scales in the Hummer's favour and that production will not be shut down.


Sidhusaaheb said...

Hmm, Sidhu I can understand your enthusiasm but the vehicle has its own share of criticism?
Mridula | Homepage | 07.16.08 – 6:20 pm | #


The only point of criticism that I can recall is with respect to its fuel consumption and that is what I’ve tried to address here.

It is an exceptional vehicle derived from what is, easily, the best off-road vehicle of its size i.e. the Humvee, which is in active service with the U.S. Military. Hummers can safely ford across water that is 30 inches i.e. two and a half feet deep (the Humvee can safely go across an incredible 60 inches i.e. 5 feet!). Hummers can go across and climb surfaces that almost no other vehicle in the same class can.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 07.16.08 – 8:16 pm | #


Afraid I must back up Mridula here, the Hummer will be forever associated with the US military and thanks to the war in Iraq anyone who owns one will be deemed to have right-wing militaristic views. Silly really, especially if you drive a Volkswagen which was commissioned by Hitler.
Daphne Wayne-Bough | Homepage | 07.17.08 – 12:43 pm | #


Silly indeed!

I am sure that there are many owners who would vote for complete withdrawal of US armed forces from Iraq, at the earliest possible.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 07.17.08 – 2:25 pm | #


I think its waste of money….it doesnt look good and neither is it practical…

its for people who got money to burn…

GM is in trouble and has to be practical…
UTP | Homepage | 07.17.08 – 7:59 pm | #


Expensive and impractical…Hmmm…I suppose words like those are often used for a lot of the good things in life.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 07.17.08 – 8:11 pm | #


May be our TATAs should buy this…?
Shrinidhi Hande | Homepage | 07.18.08 – 5:12 am | #


Certainly! If they have any more cash to spare, especially after the Jaguar-Land Rover and Corus deals i.e. :D
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 07.18.08 – 8:51 am | #

Sidhusaaheb said...

Hummers are ugly gas guzzlers which are only built to fuel the ego of those who have cash to burn (as UTP put). I honestly can’t stand the sight of them. Two friends in Canada have them. One of them has his business logo imprinted on it and drives it as an advertisement. The other has painted it a bright yellow … to be ‘unique’ I guess. Like I said, just to fuel his ego and in search of some ‘fame’ perhaps. These vehicles have no use of being on roads at all. They guzzle gas and are bad for the environment. People still do buy them. For their egoes. They should’ve been banned years ago. Oh well.
roop | Homepage | 07.26.08 – 6:01 pm | #


Thanks for the comment and for sharing your opinion.

The Hummer has its share of fans as well as detractors.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 07.26.08 – 6:14 pm | #

Sidhusaaheb said...


Add my prayers to yours. It’s my dream to one day be able to own one. and they need to keep producing those for that dream to materialize since am no where close to that kind of money right now.
pinku | Homepage | 08.11.08 – 9:59 am | #


I have started a group called “Save the Hummer”. Please join it and let’s start a movement to do just that. Thanks!
Abe | 11.29.08 – 10:49 pm | #


Did I mention the Save the Hummer site was in Facebook?
Abe | 11.29.08 – 10:50 pm | #