Army awarded AM General a prototype contract in and the development and operational testing was conducted over a five-month period in The Humvee offers exceptional speed, mobility and agility and is built upon a multi-purpose platform, which will accommodate a broad range of configurations. Humvees feature full-time four-wheel drive, independent suspension, steep approach and departure angles, 60 percent gradeability and 16 inches of ground clearance. Humvees are currently in use by the U.
Nicknamed the Humvee and designed to transport troops and cargo, the wide, rugged vehicles entered the spotlight when they were used by the American military during the invasion of Panama and the Persian Gulf War in the early s. Ina civilian version of the Humvee, known as the Hummer, went on sale.
The hulking, attention-grabbing road warrior tipped the scales at some 10, pounds and got less than 10 miles per gallon. It was an early hit with Hollywood celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, who went on to own a fleet of Hummers.
In Decemberwhen the economy was strong and gas prices were relatively low, General Motors purchased the rights from AM General to market and distribute the Hummer. Inthe Hummer H2, a smaller some 8, poundsless expensive version of the original model, debuted. According to a report on Salon. The following year, GM ended production of the original Hummer, due to low sales.
Inas Americans faced a growing economic crisis and rising gas prices, along with increasing environmental concerns, Hummer sales shrunk by more than 50 percent. In DecemberGM, which was hard hit by the global recession and slumping auto sales, received a multi-billion-dollar federal bailout loan in order to stay afloat.
The following day, GM announced that as part of its reorganization plans it would sell the Hummer brand to a Chinese machinery company.AM General's prototype HUMMER went to test in the Nevada desert in July -- only eleven months from its design board beginnings.
This was the first of many breakthroughs that demonstrated the company's know-how and leadership.
The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV; colloquial: Humvee) is a family of light, four-wheel drive, military trucks and utility vehicles produced by AM General.
The Hummer became a symbol of America’s super-sized lifestyle; however, the gas-guzzling vehicle was also a target of heavy criticism from environmentalists.
The Hummer managed to survive solely because of good advertising and fortunate popularity with celebrities in a world where fuel efficiency matters more than ever.
The HMMWV's long road from battlefield to boulevard to oblivion. Read how Hummer is History and learn about the company's major milestones in a detailed timeline brought to you by the automotive.
Short History of the Hummer. Model In , Harley-Davidson released the MODEL , a small but sturdy two-stroke road machine of cc displacement.
After the war, America was ready for economical transportation, and the Model was introduced to fill that need.