Hummer H4 And Alternative Energy Hummers Coming

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Hummer H4 And Alternative Energy Hummers Coming

In an interview with Hummer CEO Jim Taylor, The Detroit Bureau found out plenty about the company’s future plans under it’s new owner, Chinese heavy machinery maker Tengzhong.

In the short term Taylor says that the Hummer H3S will be built in a GM facility in Shreveport alongside the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Looking into the future, however, Taylor says that he expects future product development to happen in the U.S. – although where Hummer decides to set up shop will depend on what state gives the automaker the best incentive. As for the company’s main initiatives, they will be to build smaller vehicles that get better fuel economy.

Taylor said that the H4 is coming and that in the next five years Hummer will definitely have some sort of alternative energy vehicle, be it a hybrid, electric or diesel. In fact, he pointed out that Hummer already sells a diesel-powered H3 in South Africa – it just doesn’t meet U.S. emissions standards.

When asked if Hummer would go even smaller than the H4, Taylor said that it was an ongoing topic of discussion. He did, however, add that the most important thing for the company will be meeting stricter fuel-economy regulations, hinting that smaller and more fuel-efficient Hummers might be more of a necessity than a desire.

Additionally, Taylor commented that the trademark image of the brand is likely to change, as the bold Hummer grille and steeply raked windscreen is actually a hindrance to highway fuel-economy.

Most importantly, however, he outlined that Tengzhong is a company with deep pockets and is committed to the brand long term. The auto industry can chew through cash extremely quickly and so to ensure the longevity of the Hummer brand, it was necessary to find a company that was willing and able to look long term.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau]

  • Michael

    How long am I going to have to wait for my H4. I havebeen waiting a long time already. I would be happy to go to a hummer dealer and put 1000 dollars down for each of the two that I want. Please stop talking about building it and build it already

  • eddie

    We need a diesel H3 in the U.S. ASAP!

  • Danny

    I am the chief of a all volunteer fire dept. and I would love to have a H3 0r H4 but it is no place for our radios (2 ea) and sirens. This is a rural area and we do a lot of off road work.

  • Gilbert

    Currently own a 07 Jeep Wrangler. Waiting for the H4. Make the dam thing already.

  • Jackson M

    I want my HX extra toxic, see people drop just as I drive by with my lead paint Mwa ha ha ha. Can’t help it, its Chinese.

  • Jacob S

    We all know this company needs money, and if they plan on keeping this H4 CUV or HX as i think it should be called, around. 25-30 grand then they will sell a ton of them and make the money they need. So produce it already.