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The Chinese plan to increase the brand's international presence

DailyTech reported yesterday on GM's announcement that it had found a buyer for the Hummer brand of heavy utility vehicles.  The mystery buyer promised to take on the brand and help expand its international presence.  In the process it saved a number of jobs at Hummer plants and helped GM complete a major step toward moving out of bankruptcy.

Now the identity of the mystery buyer has been revealed.  Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company Ltd., a Chinese industrial firm, will be purchasing the brand and attempting to revive it.

States Yang Yi, chief executive of Tengzhong, "We plan to ... allow Hummer to innovate and grow in exciting new ways under the leadership and continuity of its current management team."

He did, however, hint at changes stating that the deal "will allow Hummer to better meet demand for new products such as more fuel-efficient vehicles in the U.S."

The companies hope to have the deal finalized by September.  The deal does not concern the military Hummer technology owned by defense contractor AM General, which licensed the brand name to GM for civilian vehicle purposes.  AM General will now, in turn, license the name to Sichuan Tengzhong, which will continue the civilian Hummer development.

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RE: Sad.
By gamerk2 on 6/3/2009 11:52:05 AM , Rating: 2
The reason we need so much oil is because of our 18MPG...oh right, we're mandating 30 something hydrogen power will likely be on its feet by that point.

And regardless of how much oil lay under Alsaka, it will take decades to set up the rigs, refinaries, and oil lines to produce any meaningful amounts of oil. (Remember, its not how much, its how many barrels per day you can get)

Assuming the mainstream 50 Billion barrels in Alaska, then you see why we need to get off the stuff. The US imports 50Million+ barrels per day. Thats 1 billion barrels every 20 days, and 50 billion every 100 days. No offense, but what we have in Alaska couldn't run the US for a year.

RE: Sad.
By borismkv on 6/3/2009 12:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
So do you suggest that the government immediately force each individual in the US to purchase a Hydrogen vehicle when they are finally viable? Cause unless you do that, Gasoline vehicles will be around for a *very* long time.

RE: Sad.
By lagomorpha on 6/4/2009 12:43:35 AM , Rating: 2
1) Given the economic expansion of China it's unlikely getting 300 million Americans to drive more efficient vehicles will offset the increasing global demand for oil.

2) Hydrogen is an energy storage technology, NOT an energy production technology. It takes more energy to crack water into hydrogen and oxygen than you get by burning it or hydrogen can be produced from natural gas. You cannot get energy for free, that is the first law of thermodynamics. The only way to get a net positive energy from hydrogen is to crack it from water and then fuse it into helium, something we do not yet know how to do effectively.

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