Hummer H3 Dies An Undignified Death, Last Unit Headed For Rental Car Lot

Hummer H3 Dies An Undignified Death, Last Unit Headed For Rental Car Lot

The last Hummer H3 is destined for an Avis rental car fleet, after it left the factory on Monday, May 24th 2010. GM actually shut down production of the H3 in July, 2009, but kept the plant going to fill a special order of H3s made by the rental firm.

GM is shuttering the Hummer brand after an attempt to sell it to Chinese automaker Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Co., Ltd fell apart. An effort to clear out remaining Hummer models has seen GM offer zero percent financing and generous cash incentives to clear out leftover inventory. An estimated 200 workers will lose their jobs in July as a result of the end of Hummer production.

[Source: Autoguide]

  • Renee

    I’m not suprised. These never made sense to me. The kind of driving conditions these were made for just don’t exist in the real today. These cars are bought purely for emotional reasons and to portray an image that’s unrealistic. My husband drove one many times while deployed. He said that they were great in the desert, but no way in hell would you catch him driving one in civilian life. Many of his military buddies have said the same thing. It’s just a status symbol kind of car.

  • y_p_w

    The military HMMWV isn’t really the same as the Hummer H2 or H3. The H1 was a civilian version of the military version, but the other models were designed from the ground up as civilian vehicles. The H3 is nothing more than a pickup truck with the same chassis and engine. It weighs about as much as the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks that it’s based on. However – they’re still oversized. Anyone with a real need for an off-road vehicle would go upscale with a Land Rover or Range Rover, or go cheaper with a Jeep Wrangler.

  • SHaze

    The H3 is the best 4wd made. It is compact for trails, has a great on-road ride. Has gas mileage no better and no worse than any other 4wd SUV. It is very well built and rugged. It doesn’t suffer from wandering highway ride like jeeps, has true off road capability unlike CUV’s, and has a true All wheel drive mode unlike many truck based 4 wd vehicles making it practical on the road in Snow and rain. It is too bad it is not made anymore. GM’s Colorado based SUV planned for 2013 is a possibility of a compact full frame all wheel drive 4wd drive on road and off road vehicle.

  • Mark

    I’m with you, SHaze. I just bought one of the last H3s they ever made. It’s like nothing else – and I’m glad. 🙂