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Hummer was a division of the American automobile manufacturer General Motors. The original Hummer was initially offered by American Motors’ AM General subsidiary in 1992 as a civilian version of their military vehicle the M998 Humvee. In 1998, the brand name was purchased by GM who, in addition to the original Hummer, had begun producing other models based on existing GM truck platforms.
As the visibility of the Humvee was increased in the late 80’s and early 90’s through appearances in movies and news coverage of the first Gulf War, fans of large utility vehicles began clamoring for a civilian version. Leading the charge was none other than movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger. After procuring a Humvee that had been customized to meet street regulations, Schwarzenegger helped convince AM General to expedite pre-existing plans for a mass-produced civilian model (of which he went on to buy the first two directly off the assembly line).
Like the Humvee, the first generation Hummer was a proudly utilitarian vehicle with superior off road capabilities. Radically high ground clearance helped make this possible, as did special features such as driver-controlled tire pressure and high mount intakes which allowed the vehicle to traverse bodies of water. Still, creature comforts such as air-conditioning, upgraded interiors and varied convenience packages were also available. After GM began producing other models, the original civilian Hummer was branded the H1. The next model to be produce was the H2. While still a highly capable off-road vehicle (certainly more so than many others in its class), the H2 was embraced as the ultimate luxury SUV and largely used on city streets. Many were converted into high-end limousines. The last model to be produced was, unsurprisingly, dubbed the H3. Classified as a mid-size SUV, it was the smallest Hummer yet. Like the H2, it was largely utilized as a luxury SUV. Both the H2 and H3 were also available in pickup-style configurations.
All Hummer vehicles were manufactured and distributed by GM, Hummer and AM General. Hghly specialized as they were, all H1 and H2 Hummers were produced on AM General’s assembly line, with production only being moved to GM facilities for the H3 after years of experience with the brand
Genuine manufactured Hummer parts are always recommended as replacements. These are engineered in-house using not just the same specifications but also the same machinery and quality control as the original Hummer parts. Due to their specialized nature, this practice is especially important for
Hummer owners. In addition to being assured the fit and finish will be correct, the brand’s roots in the Humvee vehicle ensured the parts used were nearly indestructible. Also, as the brand is now defunct, it is only the original manufacturer and its dealers that can be relied on to keep releasing quality Hummer parts.