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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
2010LotusEvora4.9000.000Motor Trend
2010LotusEvora4.90013.400Car & Driver
2010LotusEvora4.90013.400Road & Track
2010LotusExige S 260 Sport4.10012.600Road & Track
2010LotusExige S 260 Sport4.50013.000motorweek.org
2008LotusExige 4.10012.800Road and Track
2008LotusExige S2404.30013.000Road & Track
2007Lotus Elise4.60013.300Road and Track
2007Lotus Exige4.80013.500Road and Track
2007LotusExige S4.50013.400motorweek.org
2005LotusElise (Sport Pack)4.7000.000(Lotuscars.com)
2005LotusElise4.40013.200(C&D Online)
1999LotusElise 190 Sport4.40013.000motorweek.org
1999LotusEsprit V87.60016.000motorweek.org
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1998LotusEsprit V8 Turbo4.40012.800
1997LotusEsprit V-8 & Elise5.30013.600motorweek.org
1996LotusEsprit S4S4.70013.300
1993LotusEsprit Turbo S44.80013.300
1991LotusElan SE6.60015.200
1991LotusTurbo Esprit X-180R4.60013.200
1990LotusEsprit Turbo SE5.10013.700
1989LotusEsprit Turbo5.20013.600
1988LotusEsprit Turbo5.80014.400
1987LotusTurbo Esprit5.60014.300
1984LotusTurbo Esprit6.60015.300
1974LotusEuropa9.40016.900
1970LotusEuropa S211.20018.200
1967LotusElan SE8.00016.400