From military operations to rap videos, this automobile seems to advertise a tough durability that translates to the civilian market, where they are still widely used. Despite criticism for the vehicle’s less than ecological fuel use, evidence shows that this trend may not be going away anytime soon. While older models have been discontinued, newer, more fuel-efficient models are still flooding the market.
Los Angelinos makes use of Hummers in desert expeditions where desert sand, high-speed winds, and rocky ruts will be annihilated, due to the vehicle’s traction and off-road capability.
Little Known History
Humvee is a little-known moniker for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. American Motors (AM) General first manufactured Humvees for the U.S. Army in 1983. The civilian models were produced in 1992. During the early 1990s, Hummers did not make a splash on the roads. In fact, popular culture hardly made use of the Hummer at all, until recently.
Humvee versus H1, H2?
The “Humvee” is basically the military version, after the moniker. The H1 and H2 (more on that, below) are the civilian versions of what the military were using. It is not uncommon for these terms to be used interchangeably, intentionally or accidentally.
H1 and H2 (and a mention of the H3 and H4)
In 1999, the exclusive ownership of the brand name known as “Hummer,” was acquired by General Motors (GM). GM acquired the ownership, as well as the marketing rights, from AM General. While AM General still manufactures what is called the “H1 Hummers” for the civilian market. However, GM is responsible for what is called the “H2 Hummer” model.
It would seem that the H2 is simply an upgrade of the H1, but the two models are not exact replicas of each other, and there are several differences that exist. The two models differ in their frames and their engines. Any Internet search for Humvees also turns up several new models of Humvees based on those same H1 and H2 models.
The H1 is a turbo diesel 8-cylinder, with 300 horsepower and 520 pound-per-foot of torque through 6.6 liters of displacement. The motor is valued for its ability in hill climbing and tough terrain navigation. The H1 was discontinued in 2005 but still continues to be a favorite amongst Humvee enthusiasts.
The H2 Hummer still has its fair amount of horsepower. The H2 outputs 393 horsepower but only 452 pound-per-foot of torque.
When the designers developed their plans for the H2, it was with the idea that the H2 would run in the city (versus highways and freeways). As an example, the H2, built for the 2009 year, had a 6.2-liter gasoline engine. It also runs off E85 Ethanol. When a vehicle runs off something other than gasoline or a mixtures, the vehicle is called a “flex fuel vehicle” and it helps to limit (or reduce) the dependence on petroleum and the ramifications that that can cause (not to mention harmful gasoline emissions).
These models (even the H1) can still be found via eBay Motors and other used car outlets.
Some of the facts that are listed in this article were found at 4wheeldrive.about.com. Check it out for more interesting facts and interesting details. Also, for an in-depth comparison of the H1 and H2, visit ehow.com.
Also, we don’t want to forget about the Hummer H3, manufactured for five years, between 2005 and 2010, by General Motors. It was smaller than its siblings, but worth a look. More information about the H3 is found on Wikipedia. Also, check out the 2015 Hummer H4. The H1 and H2 are certainly popular, but not the only hummers in town.
Even military hummers possess automatic transmissions. As a result there is no stick-shift option available. Hummers are still meant to be driven in an off-road situation, even though the H2 was built with city driving in mind.
They can be driven in up to 30 inches of water. This is due to the tightly sealed internal components. They are designed to take on water without floating while still having enough traction to forge through deep water. If any water does get into the driver or passenger compartment, this can be released through the use of plugs in the floorboards.
Hummer has become a popular status symbol due to its once limited availability and high gas prices. Hollywood introduced the Hummer into its midst with movies like “Talladega Nights” and “Night at the Museum.” These vehicles, known for their low mileage per gallon, are also admired for their role in military operations, where they can survive tough conditions.
Fortunately, for those who acquire a hummer, there are ways to take the hummer with you, no matter where you live. There are sites that specialize in transporting your Hummer, should you decide to move to another region, state, any locations. This is important, especially in Los Angeles when the yacht, the vehicle, and the toy puppy are more important than other possessions. The motto is that you CAN take it with you.
Even with Los Angeles loving the hummer, how do all these facts translate for the Los Angeles freeways?
While there is a low mileage per gallon, there is still a concerning fuel emission level. As a result, since 2008, Hummer sales have seen a downturn, because of the concern for a green economy in Los Angeles. Many older models are being sold at discounted prices. For some, in spite of the green economy, there is still a surge of adrenaline when watching a hummer driving down the 405 freeway. That adrenaline sometimes results in a purchase of a hummer all their own.