GM, aka General Motors or Governmental Motors to some, is going to axe their Hummer brand after a sale to China fell through.Â Previously, GM discontinued their popular Saturn brand after a deal with Penske motors failed to work out.Â Hummer sales plummeted in 2008 when gas prices were at an all time high of $4 plus in some locations.Â In addition, the credit crunch and general economic conditions prohibit many consumers from purchasing the massively expensive vehicles.
To put some numbers to the drop in sales, 71,000 vehicles were sold in 2006 whereas only 9,046 were sold in 2009.Â Shutting down the brand is really the only wise choice the company, which is going through bankruptcy, will thrive. However, the loss of Hummer will not come without a price.Â The price for us is some 3,000 factory jobs.
Hummers that are used by the military will still be manufactured.Â These are a totally different type of vehicle and are manufactured differently from the popular mammoth SUVs.
GM will honor all warranties and make replacement parts for the line, which will be discontinued.