Sunday, April 23, 2006

More Folks Enjoying Hummers

Posted on Wired Autopia:

Though I personally cringe every time I see a Hummer pass by, apparently the massive machines are growing in popularity.

Hummer sales grew by 202 percent in 2005, but GM would need to make a few hundred thousand more to cut into their staggering losses, which totaled $323 million during the first quarter of 2006.

One GM board member thinks the company should dump the vehicles, but that seems unlikely. Hummers seem to viscerally push people into one of two camps: they are the symbol of American individuality and status, so let them loose, or they are the rich folks' way of giving the finger to environment, and GM should be boycotted.

While Hummers' fuel economy is anemic, before you cast aspersions on these monstrosities, remember that their are SUVs from LandRover, Mercedes, Infiniti and Lexus that actually get worse gas mileage.

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