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On this day: 03-22-1983

The origins of the Hummer

The Pentagon awards a production contract worth more than $1 billion to AM General Corporation to develop 55,000 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). The Humvee was designed to transport troops and cargo, the wide, rugged vehicles entered the spotlight when they were used by the American military during the 1989 invasion of Panama and the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s. In 1992, a civilian version of the Humvee, known as the Hummer, went on sale. The hulking, attention-grabbing road warrior tipped the scales at some 10,000 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. General Motors purchased the rights from AM General to market and distribute the Hummer. In 2002, the Hummer H2, a smaller (some 8,600 pounds), less expensive version of the original model, debuted. The Hummer H3, an even smaller (5,800 pounds), more fuel-efficient (16 to 20 miles per gallon) vehicle, was released. The following year, GM ended production of the original Hummer, due to low sales. GM later announced that as part of a reorganization plan it would sell the Hummer brand to a Chinese machinery company.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2011InfinitiM564.70013.400Car & Driver
2011InfinitiM375.60014.100Car & Driver
2011InfinitiM375.50014.000Car & Driver
2011InfinitiM564.60013.100Road & Track
2011InfinitiIPL G375.40013.900Car & Driver
2010InfinitiM455.50014.200Car & Driver
2010InfinitiG37S Sport (6 spd. M)5.10013.600Road&Track
2010InfinitiQX566.50015.100Car & Driver
2009InfinitiXFR4.30012.600Road & Track
2009InfinitiFX50 S AWD5.70014.100Motor Trend
2009InfinitiG37 Coupe Journey5.40013.800Road & Track
2009InfinitiG37x5.20013.700motorweek.org
2008InfinitiG37 Supercharged5.00013.400Road & Track
2008InfinitiXKR Coupe4.20012.600Road & Track
2008InfinitiEX356.70014.900motorweek.org
2008InfinitiG376.20014.600motorweek.org
2007InfinitiFX456.10014.600Road and Track
2007InfinitiG355.90014.400Road and Track
2007InfinitiM45 Sport5.30013.800Road and Track
2007InfinitiG355.70014.200motorweek.org
2004InfinitiG35 Sport Sedan6.20014.600
2004InfinitiQX567.40015.900motorweek.org
2004InfinitiG35x6.20014.700motorweek.org
2003InfinitiG35 Sedan6.20014.800
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2003InfinitiG35 Coupe5.50014.200
2003InfinitiG356.20014.700(R&T July '02)
2003InfinitiM456.30015.000(Motor Week)
2003InfinitiM455.80014.400(MT Online)
2003InfinitiM456.30015.000motorweek.org
2003InfinitiG356.20014.800motorweek.org
2002InfinitiQ456.60015.800motorweek.org
2001InfinitiQX48.70016.500motorweek.org
2000InfinitiI308.90016.700motorweek.org
1999InfinitiQ45t7.70015.800
1997InfinitiQ45t7.50015.700
1996InfinitiI30t7.70015.800
1995InfinitiI307.80016.000
1995InfinitiQ45t7.90016.200
1994InfinitiG20t8.40016.500
1994InfinitiQ45t7.20015.400
1993InfinitiJ30t9.00016.800
1993InfinitiQ457.50015.600
1992InfinitiJ308.90016.700
1992InfinitiJ30t9.20016.800
1991InfinitiG208.60016.600
1991InfinitiQ457.30015.600
1990InfinitiM30 Coupe10.00017.400
1990InfinitiQ457.20015.400