Posts Tagged ‘Hummer’

End of the Road for Hummer?

February 26, 2010

End of the Road for Hummer?

General Motors’ agreement to sell its Hummer division to China’s Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery company turned into a Great Leap to Nowhere — the deal fell through. Now GM (owned in part by the American Taxpayer) is set to let the giant SUV drive off into the sunset. Only 9,000 of the beasts were sold last year, so Hummer plants are scheduled to shut down, putting 3,000 U.S. employees out of work.

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Japan Declares Hummers an Environmental Asset

February 19, 2010

Japan Declares Hummers an  Environmental Asset

Japan has declared the huge Hummer H3 automobile environment- friendly.  Buyers of the 4700- pound behemoth will now receive a 250,000 yen ($2,780) subsidy. How did  Japan’s Trade Ministry make Hummers “green?” Not by technological wizardry. Japan simply lowered environmental standards to avoid a trade war with the U.S.A.

More by Hiroko Tabuchi of the New York Times here.

 

Image (“Hummer in the Snow, after Torii Kotondo”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Hummers for The People!

June 10, 2009

Hummers for The People!

Comrades, start your engines! Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company, Ltd. of the People’s Republic of China bought the Hummer division of General Motors at Detroit’s big bankruptcy sale.

This year Tengzhong will build Hummers where labor is cheap and compliant — Louisiana —  but the firm is located in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in southwestern China. Tengzhong makes construction equipment, not cars, and local firms make low-speed, three-wheeled farm vehicles (a Hummer could haul a half dozen of them).

While dealmakers talk up the agreement, there are naysayers on both continents. Nationalistic Americans may be reluctant to purchase Hummers; thrifty Chinese motorists may shun the notorious gas-guzzlers. Some notes on the Hummer deal:

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The Ink is Red

June 2, 2009

The Ink is Red

However much the reactionaries try to hold back the wheel of history, sooner or later revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph. — Mao Zedong, November 6, 1957

The General Motors Corporation has agreed to sell it’s Hummer division to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company Ltd. of the People’s Republic of China. Terms have not been released, but the sale should be closed by the end of September.

Diligence and frugality should be practised in running factories and shops …. — Mao Zedong, 1955

GM filed for bankruptcy protection Monday morning, and needs the money. Essentially, the company has been nationalized, as the U.S. government now owns sixty percent of General Motors. Sichuan Tengzhong, based in Chengdu, is a private corporation.

 Factories can only be built one by one. — Mao Zedong, November 18, 1957

Some GM plants in the U.S. will continue building Hummers — for Sichuan Tengzhong — for a least a year.

 

Note: Military Humvees are built by AM General, not GM; quotations are from the new Hummer Owner’s Manual; the title of this post alludes to a Chinese folk song that became a patriotic march and then an anthem associated with the Cultural Revolution.

Image (Hum-Mao) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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