In Japan, the Hummer Is Now Officially Green

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In Japan, the Hummer Is Now Officially Green

Post by h1sp » Mon 15 Feb , 2010 2:26 pm

http://www.cnbc.com/id/35366051/

Japanese drivers spooked by the recent Toyota and Prius recalls might consider another vehicle certified as “ecologically friendly” under Japan’s expanded cash-for-clunkers program: the Hummer H3.


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Starting this week, Japanese buyers of the hulking power machines from General Motors — which come with a 5.3-liter, 300 horsepower engine and roar to 60 miles per hour in eight seconds — receive a 250,000 yen ($2,780) subsidy under Japan’s new, looser fuel-efficiency standards for imported cars.

The Hummer H3 makes the cut, Japan’s Trade Ministry says, because the government has set easier fuel efficiency standards for heavier cars. The H3, which weighs about 4,700 pounds and averages 16 miles per gallon in city traffic, clears the required emissions standards relative to its weight, according to the Transport Ministry.

The Japanese government has also agreed to accept U.S. mileage standards instead of Japan-specific measurements — albeit for models with sales of less than 2,000 units a year here — making it easier for imported cars to qualify.

“The thinking is that with just one fuel-efficiency level, we’d only subsidize the smallest cars,” said Yasushi Akahoshi, Director of the Trade Ministry’s Americas Division. “But consumer needs are more diverse than that. Some people prefer smaller cars, but others need larger cars for work, for example, and they shouldn’t be penalized,” Mr. Akahoshi said.

“There was no debate over whether we like the Hummer or not. Under our new program, it simply qualified,” he said. “Our hope is that automakers make vehicles fuel-efficient, each according to its weight.”
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Re: In Japan, the Hummer Is Now Officially Green

Post by chuck » Tue 16 Feb , 2010 9:53 pm

This is a turnaround. Is GM still making H3's?
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Re: In Japan, the Hummer Is Now Officially Green

Post by h1sp » Wed 17 Feb , 2010 7:38 am

Hummer has been a whirl wind emotional brand. UP and down, Lovers and Haters.

A sign of our military strength, stability and pride for the past 25 years

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Re: In Japan, the Hummer Is Now Officially Green

Post by chuck » Tue 23 Feb , 2010 3:59 pm

Doesn't look like anyone's buying Hummer.


With Hummer Looking Shaky, GM Is Batting 1 for 4
General Motors just can't catch a break.
Now the $200 million deal to sell its Hummer division to China's Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery is facing "potentially insurmountable obstacles,'' according to the New York Times.

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2010/02/23/w ... djemDeal_h
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Re: In Japan, the Hummer Is Now Officially Green

Post by h1sp » Wed 24 Feb , 2010 3:49 pm

chuck wrote:Doesn't look like anyone's buying Hummer.


With Hummer Looking Shaky, GM Is Batting 1 for 4
General Motors just can't catch a break.
Now the $200 million deal to sell its Hummer division to China's Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery is facing "potentially insurmountable obstacles,'' according to the New York Times.

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2010/02/23/w ... djemDeal_h
not good follow up news:

C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\1J3TV1JO\GM to discontinue Hummer after sale bid fails - Autos- msnbc.com.htm

updated 4:05 p.m. ET Feb. 24, 2010
DETROIT - General Motors Co. will wind down its Hummer SUV line after failing to complete a deal to sell the brand to China's Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co, the automaker said on Wednesday.

"We are disappointed that the deal with Tengzhong could not be completed," John Smith, GM vice president of corporate planning and alliances, said in a statement.

"GM will now work closely with Hummer employees, dealers and suppliers to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible manner," Smith said.

** couple of buds called me today:
"Looks like everything you touch turns to GOLD"
You now have a collectors item. :mrgreen:

wonder how much of that will be true?

im still sad, hate to see them go. :|
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Re: In Japan, the Hummer Is Now Officially Green

Post by chuck » Thu 25 Feb , 2010 2:38 pm

From what I understand they haven't built H2's for about a year. The H3's shut down last month.
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