Hummer H3 Restarts Production

Most of the American dealerships are out of Hummers, so General Motors decided to restart production of the 2010 Hummer H3 SUV and H3T pickup at Shreveport, La. Inventory “is very low,” according to Hummer spokesman Nick Richards.

We're hungry for Hummer product,” said John Sutliff, president of Sutliff Cadillac, Hummer and Saab in Mechanicsburg, Pa. He has two 2009 H3s, six H3Ts and no H2 SUVs or 2010 models. Sutliff said his inventory constitutes less than a 30-day supply.

The holdup on production “wasn't our decision,” he said. “It was based on everything going on around” GM's sale of Hummer to China's Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. “If the deal didn't happen, the company didn't want to be stuck with 2010 model year vehicles,” Richards said.

Sales in October were down 64 percent, to a total of 8,500 vehicles. Both in September and October, GM built 480 H3 and H3T vehicles for Mexico and Canada.

The 2010 model which should be in dealerships by December, has some new features. For example, the Alpha V-8 versions of the two now offer E-85 flex-fuel capability. There are also three new colors: red rock metallic, silver stone metallic and canyon metallic.

The H3 starts at $34,140 and the H3T starts at $31,695. The Alpha model starts at $36,460, down $335 from the 2008 model, so a lot of Americans still can afford a Hummer, and apparently they still want one. Prices include shipping.
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