I recently read that General Motors couldn’t find a buyer for Hummer so they’re shutting it down next year. Although I’ve always thought these vehicles were over the top it’s always a little sad when a product bites the dust (sadder with Saturn than Hummer).
The gist of the article was that the Hummer signified the excess of the recent boom years where bigger was always better. With the decline of the economy the last few years we’re not living so large. But there had to be some good about it, right?
1. Attention. Everyone noticed a hummer. Even those that don’t admire them had to notice these large vehicles. Do you think this is why the governator was one of the first civilian owners?
2. Safe. There aren’t many vehicles on the road that are bigger. I can’t think of any other than large trucks (semis and such). You have to be safer in this car than most others.
3. Durable. There’s a reason the military used hummers and that’s why its good for anyone that has to drive off -road or in wintry conditions.
1. Oversized. These babies can’t fit in a single car spot in just about any parking lot. It’s hard to see around and impossible to see over if following one on the road.
2. Gas Guzzler. For a while the Hummer was the vehicle for environmentalists to hate. Although not fuel-efficient mileage has improved in recent years and I can’t say the H3 is worse than many SUVs.
3. Price. Hummers became a bit of a status symbol and part of the reason was due to the price. 2006 H2s are selling used in the $30,000 plus range now. The original hummers (known as H1) were $100,000 plus.
One of our neighbors bought one last year and it evokes a strong emotion from me every time I see it. I’m in the hate ’em camp and see it as very wasteful of gas, money and space. I’m not sad they’re going away.
What do you think? Are hummers a sign of excess run amok or American ingenuity?
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