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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
2011Saab9-5 Aero XWD6.30014.900Car & Driver
2011Saab9-4X7.20015.600Car & Drive
2008Saab9-36.90015.500motorweek.org
2008Saab9-3TurboXSportCombi6.40015.000Road & Track
2008SaabTurbo X6.50015.000motorweek.org
2007Saab9-3 Conv 20th Anniv6.60015.000Road and Track
2007Saab9-5 Aero6.70015.200Road and Track
2006Saab9-7x (V8)7.90016.300(C&D Sept '05)
2004Saab9-3 Aero6.90015.100
2004Saab9-3 Convertible9.00016.800motorweek.org
2003Saab9-37.30015.800motorweek.org
2000Saab9-3 Viggen6.40015.000
2000Saab9-5 Aero7.00015.300
1999Saab9-3 SE6.80015.300
1999Saab9-3 SE Conv.6.60015.200
1999Saab9-3 Viggen7.00015.200motorweek.org
1998Saab9-57.20015.400
1996Saab900 S8.40016.300
1995Saab900 Turbo Coupe6.80015.200
1994Saab900 SE7.90015.800
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1994Saab9000 Aero 5 spd6.20014.800
1992Saab9000 S10.00017.400
1992Saab9000 Turbo7.50015.900
1991Saab900 S Cabriolet10.70017.700
1991Saab9000 CD9.70017.100
1991Saab9000 Turbo6.80015.200
1990Saab900 Turbo SPG8.50016.300
1990Saab9000 S9.20016.800
1989Saab9000 CD Turbo (auto)9.10016.900
1986Saab90007.60015.600
1985SaabTurbo8.60016.500
1983Saab900 Turbo10.00017.300
1982Saab90013.80019.300
1981Saab900 GLE13.2000.000
1981Saab900 Turbo 4-door (auto)11.4000.000
1980Saab900 Turbo9.70017.200
1973Saab99 EMS11.90018.500
1970Saab99E12.60018.800(C&D Apr '70)
1967SaabV-416.50019.900