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GM Recalls Nearly 200,000 Hummers

Hood louver problem on H3s blamed.

by on May.06, 2010

Hummer is recalling every H3 and H3T built since the 2006 model-year.

General Motors is recalling nearly 200,000 Hummers due to a problem with hood louvers.

The recall involves all H3 models, including the pickup-like H3T, produced by the brand since 2006.

The wave-like panel on the hood of the original Hummer H1 and H2 models was designed to help deliver air into the engine compartment to prevent overheating.  But on various H3 variants it is purely decorative.

Complaints from owners have indicated that the louvers can, under certain conditions, come loose and rattle.  But it’s also possible for the louvers to completely detach and strike another vehicle.

The automaker blames the tabs used to hold the louvers in place, saying they can unexpectedly fracture and need to be replaced.  The recall involves applying adhesive to firmly attach the louvers to the H3 hood.


Hummer’s Odds Rapidly Fading

Dealers being told to begin shutting down.

by on Apr.09, 2010

Hummer dealers are being told to begin shutting down their operations.

The chances of General Motors finding a buyer for the Hummer brand continue to fade.

GM has quietly told Hummer dealers to wrap up their operations by the end of October and has approved wind-up payments to dealers so they can begin the process of closing their showrooms.

Dealers have been told “their GM Sales and Service Agreement expires Oct. 31,” Hummer spokesman Nick Richards said.

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Hummer’s prospects dimmed dramatically, in February, when efforts to sell the Hummer brand to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Co. Ltd. of China collapsed


GM Rejects Eight Offers for Hummer

Reprieve now considered unlikely for GM's macho brand.

by on Mar.10, 2010

A Hummer H3T rolls down the assembly line at GM's Shreveport, LA, assembly line.

The fate of the Hummer brand is now hanging by a slender thread after General Motors Corp. rejected eight separate offers for the brand and ordered employees working on Hummer to wind down the group’s operations.

Until a few weeks ago, it looked like Hummer, one of four brands GM planned to abandon after its emergence from bankruptcy, would find a new home.

The Chinese truck maker, Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp., had tendered an offer – but one it couldn’t win final approval for from regulators in Beijing.

On February 24th, GM announced it would begin phasing out Hummer, though it left the door open to finding an alternative buyer, much the same way a white knight emerged to save another one of the four brands, Sweden’s Saab.  According to a memo prepared on March 5, eight offers have since been fielded.

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“Unfortunately there were no qualified or capable candidates. Consequently, we are immediately pursuing the wind-down of the Hummer Brand. In other words there is no more slow winddown it really is wind-down of  Hummer,” according to  a memo signed by Matthew Koch, from the Hummer Deal Execution Team.


Hummer Sale Falls Through

Chinese buyer may consider alternatives to save deal.

by on Feb.24, 2010

Barring a last-minute reprieve, the Hummer brand may have traversed its last trail.

The proposed sale of General Motors’ Hummer division to a Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer has apparently collapsed, though the proposed buyer, Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp., is reportedly looking at alternatives that could overcome the apparent opposition of Beijing regulators.

Barring some unexpected reprieve, however, GM said that it is ready to start an orderly shutdown of the once-popular Hummer operation, one of four brands the company decided to close as sell as part of last year’s bankruptcy reorganization.

“GM will now work closely with HUMMER employees, dealers and suppliers to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible manner,” said John Smith, the U.S. maker’s director of corporate planning and alliances.

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GM and Tengzhong reached a preliminary agreement for the sale of Hummer last June.  The proposed deal came as a surprise for a number of reasons.  Some analysts had wondered whether any buyer would surface considering the sharp slump in sales of the brand’s products following the record run-up in oil prices the previous year.