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GM to cease Hummer H3 production until sale complete

01/13/2010, 3:29 PMBY ANDREW GANZ

General Motors says that it is suspending production of its Hummer H3 and H3T trucks until after it completes a sale of the off road brand to China’s Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. Ltd.

The automaker will halt the lines at its Shreveport, Louisiana, assembly plant until it completes the proposed sale. The assembly plant also builds the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, neither of which will see a change in production. GM says that the H3 and H3T accounted for less than 25 percent of the Shreveport plant’s overall production. It is unclear how many workers will be affected by the idle time.

“When a sale is complete, once marketing kicks back in and there is new interest and enthusiasm, production will fire back up,” Hummerspokesman Nick Richards told the Detroit News.

More than 2,100 Hummer H3s remain in dealer inventory as of January 1, about a seven month supply given the sluggish current sales rate of the H3 and H3T.

Hummer sale status

Unlike GM’s various foible-and-folly-filled attempts to sell off or close its Saab brand, Hummer hasn’t been in the news much recently. GM CEO and Chairman Ed Whitacre said recently that he hopes the brand’s sale to the Chinese heavy machinery manufacturer will be completed by the end of January.

Tengzhong’s offer was only for the current designs and marketing rights, not assembly plants, although the company indicated that it would contract with GM to build Hummers for at least the foreseeable future.



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Report: GM to idle Hummer production on Monday until China deal goes through

Lost in the hoopla surrounding General Motors' attempted sale/wind-down of Saab and Ford's situation with Volvo and Geely has been any word surrounding the sale of Hummer to China's Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery. Whatever the state of the Hummer transaction, it appears The General is done waiting. The Detroit News reports that GM plans to halt Hummer production at its Shreveport, LA assembly plant on Monday until a sale of the brand is complete. The factory builds the H3 and H3T (models that account for about 25-percent of the plant's overall production) and the General says it's premature to speculate how much the facility's 1,120 workers will be affected.

Hummer dealers currently have a stockpile of about 2,100 H3 variants on lots – enough of a supply to last seven months at the model's current take rate. Hummer spokesman Nick Richards told the DetNews that H3 production will ramp back up after the sale "once marketing kicks back in and there is new interest and enthusiasm." Of course, if the Hummer sale ends anything like GM's Saab and Saturn debacles, that date could be never.



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I would like an H3T and H4 Please! :P

Who will pay for my new toys???????

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Never did see a bloody thing wrong with buying owning and driving a Hummer, but now it's not PC. Well I'll not buy an Aveo to please the tree huggers.

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