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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
2011LincolnMKZ Hybrid8.40016.400motorweek.org
2010LincolnMKT7.0000.000Motor Trend
2010LincolnMKT Ecoboost6.10014.600Car & Driver
2010LincolnMKT7.70015.900Truck Trend
2010LincolnMKT6.10014.600Truck Trend
2010LincolnMKS EcoBoost5.00013.600Road & Track
2006LincolnMark LT10.40017.600motorweek.org
2003LincolnLS V86.80015.000(MT Online)
2003LincolnTown Car9.50016.800
2000LincolnLS V87.50015.700
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1998LincolnMark VIII LSC7.00015.300
1998LincolnTown Car Touring Sedan7.90016.100
1996LincolnMark VIII7.20015.400
1995LincolnMark VIII7.60015.800
1993LincolnMark VIII7.10015.400
1992LincolnMark VII LSC7.80016.200
1990LincolnTown Car10.20017.500
1986LincolnMark VII LSC8.40016.600
1980LincolnContinental Mark VI11.00017.900
1977LincolnVersailles 351ci12.60018.400
1975LincolnTown Car Coupe 460ci10.50017.900
1973LincolnTown Car 460ci10.40017.600