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.
quote: If CAFE didn't exist I doubt any of the American car companies would have even been making cars (as opposed to truck/SUVs), much less small cars.
quote: Only at $3+/gallon gas did any U.S. consumers actually think about how much gas they were using to drive the behemoth around.
quote: You make the claim that Toyota and Honda always made these cars.
quote: Please bring one of your yank tanks down here to AUS, and go outback. Try going from Brisbane to Perth via Alice Springs. Hint: Bring your sand tires, several spares as well, several jerry cans of fuel and several more of water.
quote: Then when gas hit $4/gallon their gas guzzler sales would have dried up (like it did), but they wouldn't have had anything to fall back on.
quote: Tax gas like crazy. Distrabute the gas tax total at the end of the year evenly to all taxpayers/citizens. That would have worked much better than CAFE.
quote: They are out of control.
quote: guess as an engineer, I like to see a problem effectively solved.
quote: 100% agree that US's (mine) current system of government is out of control
quote: since at least Reagon, no Carter, no Nixon.
quote: The second Bush was a great leader
quote: What I would like to see is a tax on vehicle weight and the tax go directly to road upkeep. At least they don't have that here in CO.