For years, Hummers – each one somehow bigger and more polluting than the next – were the easiest target in the automotive world for environmentalists . Need examples? How about this and this and this and, oh, you get the picture.
General Motors has been trying to sell the brand to Tengzhong, a Chinese company, but announced yesterday that this will not happen. GM said that it is still listening to offers for the brand, but it's looking likely that Hummer is not long for this world. To mark the news, we wanted to have a moment of silence for this tribute to the excesses of the 1990s and Naughts and the military mindset of the drivers bold enough to get behind the wheel, even the ones who think driving a Hummer is "a highly moral consumption choice."
There, that's long enough.
Don't worry, Hummer haters. These vehicles will be on the road for years to come and, when they're all gone, attention can turn to other gas guzzling monsters, like this year's thirsty champion the Ford F-250 Lariat.
HUMMER Sale to Tengzhong Cannot be Completed
-- Wind down of HUMMER business to begin
DETROIT, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors today announced that Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Co., Ltd. (Tengzhong) was unable to complete the acquisition of HUMMER. As a result, GM will begin the orderly wind-down of the HUMMER operations.
"One year ago, General Motors announced that we were going to divest HUMMER, as part of focusing our efforts on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac going forward. We have since considered a number of possibilities for HUMMER along the way, and we are disappointed that the deal with Tengzhong could not be completed," said John Smith GM vice president of corporate planning and alliances. "GM will now work closely with HUMMER employees, dealers and suppliers to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible manner."
GM will continue to honor HUMMER warranties, while providing service support and spare parts to current HUMMER owners around the world.
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