How Do You Say “Hummer”…

…in Mandarin?

NEW YORK ( — General Motors Corp. has signed a deal to sell its Hummer truck unit to a Chinese industrial company, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday.
The news comes a day after GM (GMGMQ) filed for bankruptcy in New York. The company did not identify the buyer nor name a price, saying only that the deal would close by the end of September.
But a source identified the buyer as Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company Ltd. in China.

Your tax dollars at work.

12 Responses to “How Do You Say “Hummer”…”

  1. nightfly says:

    The ChiComs own about half of everything else as it is… the only real wonder is why they bothered to shell out any more coin to obtain that which the Congress and Administration seem willing to sign over for free.

  2. Skyler says:

    Does this include the military version, and if so, how will this affect our ability to buy them for our military?

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    That certainly should be a concern, Skyler.

  4. JeffS says:

    Hmmmmmm…..the HUMMVW is made by AM General. Which appears to be a different company from the “Hummer truck unit” of GM.
    And from the CNN article:
    The sale of the Hummer brand to a Chinese company will not impact the production of U.S. military vehicles. Military Humvees are produced by a different company, privately held AM General, based in South Bend, Ind.
    So the answer to Skyler’s question appears to be “No”. At least for now. One can never tell with The Won™.
    ‘Fly, that is odd. Maybe this is a token effort by GM and the Federal Gubbermint to look responsible?
    Oh, well. Think of the comedy gold here — all those jokes about Chinese hummers……..

  5. JeffS says:

    Whoops! I should have clicked around the AM General web site a bit more:
    Hummer® Vehicles
    Producing a civilian version of the battle-tested military Humvee® was a natural progression for AM General. In 1992, when the HUMMER was introduced as a civilian truck, it had become apparent that the public understood its unique off-road capabilities.
    For nearly a decade, the HUMMER caught the country’s eye and it became a highly sought after, one-of-a-kind vehicle. It’s an icon of strength, durability and individualism.
    In late 1999, AM General and General Motors Corporation finalized an agreement to jointly pursue product, marketing and distribution opportunities for HUMMER. Under the final agreement, GM acquired the exclusive ownership of the HUMMER brand name worldwide and the original HUMMER was renamed the HUMMER H1.
    In 2002, AM General opened its new HUMMER H2® Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Ind. next to the plant that produces the military Humvee. There it assembles the exciting SUV and SUT variants of the HUMMER H2, designed and brought to market by GM.
    In 2006, AM General and General Motors jointly decided to cease production of the larger HUMMER H1. AM General continues to provide parts and service for the HUMMER H1.
    Although GM acquired the HUMMER brand, they do not own any part of AM Genneral LLC.

    There! Done.

  6. JeffS says:

    Dang! The bolding didn’t take. But that’s a cut&paste from the link.

  7. mojo says:

    “Brow job”, I believe…

  8. Skyler says:

    The thing is that the hummer is a crappy vehicle. And the H2 and H3 are even worse.
    I’d much rather have a small lightweight jeep than a crappy hummer that is slow, breaks easily and is so hard to get in and out of. It’s a classic government solution. Too big for light work, too small for heavy work.
    Jeeps and 7 tons, that’s all we need. Mostly 7 tons. That Osh Kosh B’Gosh 7 ton is the greatest vehicle ever to grace the face of this Earth.

  9. Mr. Bingley says:

    Hehehe, i think you’re right, mojo!

  10. JeffS says:

    Skyler, I completely agree. I started out my military career with a Jeep as my primary vehicle. It ran beautifully, was very agile (just not at high speed), mobile, easy to maintain (if you had the parts), and all in all, an excellent military vehicle. I last saw them assigned to a tactical unit in the Illinois National Guard; their next appearance was as a range vehicle at Yakima Training Center, where they had been neutered in the interest of “safety”: roll bars, shoulder harness, and netting for doors. God help anyone caught in a roll over with fire, because they weren’t getting out without the aid of a light saber.
    They should have stopped at the roll bars, and just beefed up driver training, which was the real reason the Jeeps had so many accidents.
    The hummer, meh, I dealt with them. They were capable, but I never understood just why the BII included a jack when replacing a tire was a shop job. Among other wacky “innovations”.
    So I was never all that enthralled with them. Same thing with the old cargo vehicles, 7 ton, 5 ton, and the venerable Deuce And A Half.

  11. Skyler says:

    Replacing the tire isn’t a shop job. We did tire change relays in my comm shop before we headed off to Iraq.

  12. JeffS says:

    Right, Skyler.

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