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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
2008SaturnAstra XR8.60016.600Road & Track
2008SaturnVue Green Line10.20017.800motorweek.org
2007SaturnAura Green Line Hybrid10.20017.600motorweek.org
2007SaturnSky Redline6.10014.600motorweek.org
2007SaturnAura XR5.90014.500(R&T May '07)
2007SaturnSky7.30015.900(C&D June '06)
2007SaturnSky Redline5.20014.000(C&D Dec '06)
2007Saturn Sky7.20015.800Road and Track
2007Saturn Sky Red Line5.60014.000Road and Track
2007SaturnAura XR5.90014.500Road & Track
2004SaturnION Red Line Quad Coupe6.30015.000motorweek.org
2004SaturnVUE Red Line7.80016.200motorweek.org
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2004SaturnVUE V-6 (AWD)7.00015.500(C&D Mar '04)
2004SaturnIon Redline6.30015.300
2002SaturnVUE V-6 (AWD)8.40016.600
1993SaturnSW2 Wagon9.30017.100
1992SaturnCoupe SC8.40016.400