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Hummer H2
Hummer H2
Manufacturer AM General
Parent company General Motors
Production 2003–2009
Assembly Mishawaka, Indiana, United States
Class Full-size SUV
Body style(s) 4-door crew cab truck
4-door SUV
Layout Front engine Four-wheel drive
Platform GMT800
Engine(s) 6.0L 325 hp (242 kW) V8 (2003-07)
6.2L 393 hp (293 kW) V8 (2008-present)
Transmission(s) 4L60E 4-speed (2003-2007)
6L80E 6-speed (2008-Present)
automatic
Wheelbase SUT: 122.8 in (3,119 mm)
SUV: 122.8 in (3,119 mm)
Length SUT: 203.5 in (5,169 mm)
SUV: 203.5 in (5,169 mm)
Width 81.2 in (2,062 mm)
Height 79.2 in (2,012 mm)
2003-05: 77.8 in (1,976 mm)
Curb weight 6,614 lb (3,000 kg)
Fuel capacity 32 US gal (121 L; 27 imp gal)
Related Cadillac Escalade
Chevrolet Tahoe
GMC Yukon
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Avalanche

The Hummer H2 is an SUV and SUT sold by General Motors under the Hummer brand.[1]It is a large truck (lighter and slightly slimmer than the Hummer H1), while slightly longer and slightly taller) with room for six passengers (including driver). The rearmost part of the H2 SUV was modified to a pickup truck bed for the 2005 H2 SUT ("Sport Utility Truck").

Contents

Overview

Hummer H2 SUT
A Hummer H2 limousine.

The H2 is built under contract by AM General at a specially constructed plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA. Although it shares GM's GMT820 truck platform with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, those vehicles differ in many ways and are constructed in three other GM plants. The H2's final frame assembly is made up of 3 sections: The front uses a modified GM 2500-Series utility frame, the mid-section is all new and is completely boxed, and the rear section uses a modified GM 1500-Series frame which is upgraded for the 8,600 pounds (3,900 kg) gross vehicle weight.

The H2 was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2003. Hummer launched a special 2009 Black Chrome Limited Edition version of the truck. H2 production at the Mishawaka plant was suspended in January 2009.[2]

In January 2009, a study by ISO Quality Planning revealed the H2 and H3 Hummers to be the most ticketed vehicles in the United States.[3]

Engines:

  • 2003–2007 6000 6.0 L (366 in³) V8
  • 2008- 6200 6.2 L V8

Application

The H2 has a massive truck frame and has a wider-than-average track firm that may offer stability against overturning compared to some of the more common light truck SUVs, although objective tests have not been performed by the government or other outside parties due to its specialized vehicle class. It is marketed as both a general purpose vehicle and as an off-road vehicle. Because of mass marketing by GM, it is primarily used as a passenger vehicle on typical roads. Along with the Ford Excursion, the H2 is also a very common vehicle for a limousine conversion.

Autobot Ratchet, on display at the IAA 2007 in Frankfurt, Germany

Fuel economy

General Motors is not required to provide official H2 fuel economy ratings due to the vehicle's GVWR.[4]

Who Observation
Motortrend 12 mpg-US (20 L/100 km; 14 mpg-imp)
Car and Driver 10 mpg-US (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg-imp)
about.com 8.6 mpg-US (27 L/100 km; 10.3 mpg-imp)
Edmunds 9.2 mpg-US (26 L/100 km; 11.0 mpg-imp)
Four Wheeler 10.8 mpg-US (21.8 L/100 km; 13.0 mpg-imp)

Motortrend observed 12 mpg.[5] Car and Driver observed 10 mpg-US (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg-imp).[6] A reviewer at about.com got 8.6 mpg-US (27 L/100 km; 10.3 mpg-imp).[7] Edmunds got 9.2 mpg-US (26 L/100 km; 11.0 mpg-imp).[8] Four Wheeler magazine observed 10.8 mpg-US (21.8 L/100 km; 13.0 mpg-imp) in their final long term report of an H2 SUT (pickup). Their worst tank was 7.2 mpg-US (33 L/100 km; 8.6 mpg-imp) and best tank was 15.3 mpg-US (15.4 L/100 km; 18.4 mpg-imp).[9] Consumer Guide observed 10.7 mpg-US (22.0 L/100 km; 12.9 mpg-imp), even with mostly highway driving.[10] Automobile Magazine averaged less than 10 mpg-US (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg-imp).[11] US News observed 9.5 mpg-US (25 L/100 km; 11.4 mpg-imp) according to its trip computer.[12] Cars.com observed 11.4 mpg-US (20.6 L/100 km; 13.7 mpg-imp) according to its trip computer in mostly highway driving. Most vehicles (between 90% and 98%) consume less fuel when driving on the highway, due to reduced acceleration and braking (which burns more gasoline); hybrid cars are an exception to this rule.

Tax benefits

Under the United States income tax code, the cost of vehicles over 6,000 pounds (2,700 kg) can be deducted from specific forms of income. This deduction was enacted decades ago to assist self-employed people in purchasing a vehicle for business use. The weight minimum was intended to limit the deduction to commercial-type trucks. For many years, the deduction remained below the average cost of a new vehicle, since large trucks were relatively inexpensive. Since it is a reduction in taxable income, the actual value of this deduction averages 30% of the price of the vehicle in question.

The increasing popularity of these commercial vehicles in the last decade, however, pushed their average price to nearly double the average passenger car cost. In response, the 2002 Tax Act increased this "Section 179 depreciation deduction" to US$75,000, and it rose again to US$102,000 for the 2004 tax year. This is more than three times the current average cost of a passenger car in the United States and covers a large number of luxury models, including the Hummer H2. In late 2006, the deduction was again reduced to US$25,000 for vehicles with GVWR ratings between 6,000 lb (2,700 kg) and 14,000 lb (6,400 kg).

This deduction has received criticism as favoring large vehicles over the more energy efficient zero polluting electric vehicles, which received a maximum deduction of $4,000, $1,000 in 2007, and $0 in 2008.(Although this was for anybody, not just commercial deductions like Section 179.)

Base price MSRP in 2008 for the H2 is $53,286. While the vehicle initially had high resale value, price depreciation has increased rapidly over the past few years and the H2 commonly sells for less than 40% of original price after just two-to-three years according to Newsweek.

Features

Standard features

Standard features include air conditioning w/tri-zone climate controls, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, 8-way power front seats, memory system, premium sound system, 6-disc CD changer, outside-temperature indicator, compass, and rear radio controls.

Optional features

Options for the H2 include adjustable rear airbag suspension, a power sunroof, rearview camera, DVD entertainment system, navigation system, night vision, and universal garage door opener.

Yearly American sales

Calendar Year Total American sales
2002[13] 18,861
2003 34,529
2004[14] 28,898
2005 33,140
2006[15] 17,472
2007 12,431
2008[16] 6,095
2009[17] 1,513

References

External links

Official Sites

Other Sites


Hummer H2
File:Hummer H2
Manufacturer AM General and Avtotor
Production USA: 2002–2009
RUS: 2004–2009[citation needed]
Assembly Mishawaka, Indiana, United States
Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia[1][2]
Class Full-size SUV
Body style(s) 4-door crew cab truck
4-door SUV
Layout Front engine Four-wheel drive
Platform GMT 820
Engine(s) 6.0L 325 hp (242 kW) V8 (2002–07)
6.2L 393 hp (293 kW) V8 (2008–2009)
Transmission(s) 4L60E 4-speed (2002–2007)
6L80E 6-speed (2008–2009)
automatic
Wheelbase SUT: 122.8 in (3,119 mm)
SUV: 122.8 in (3,119 mm)
Length SUT: 203.5 in (5,169 mm)
SUV: 203.5 in (5,169 mm)
Width 81.2 in (2,062 mm)
Height 79.2 in (2,012 mm)
2003–05: 77.8 in (1,976 mm)
Curb weight 6,614 lb (3,000 kg)
Related Hummer H1
Hummer H3
Hummer H3T
Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Avalanche

The Hummer H2 is an SUV and SUT that was marketed by General Motors under the Hummer brand.[3] It is a large truck (lighter and slimmer than the Hummer H1), while longer and taller) with room for six passengers (including driver). The rearmost part of the H2 SUV was modified to a pickup truck bed for the 2005 H2 SUT ("Sport Utility Truck"). Both the H2 SUV and SUT are being discontinued after the 2010 model year as GM is winding down the entire Hummer brand. It was the only one of the trucks to have the letters HUMMER between the grill.

Contents

Overview

File:Hummer H2 SUT
Hummer H2 "sport utility truck".

[[File:|thmb|left|thumb|200px|A Hummer H2 limousine.]] The H2 was built under contract by AM General at a specially constructed plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA. GM's GMT820 truck shares platforms with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, but those vehicles differ in many ways and are constructed in three other GM plants. The H2's final frame assembly is made up of 3 sections: The front uses a modified GM 2500-Series utility frame, the mid-section is all new and is completely boxed, and the rear section uses a modified GM 1500-Series frame which is upgraded for the 8,600 pounds (3,900 kg) gross vehicle weight.

The H2 was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2003.

Unlike the other full-size GM trucks and SUVs, the H2 remained on the GMT800 platform after 2007, but was given an interior facelift similar to the likes of the new-for-2007 GMT900 SUVs.

Hummer launched a special 2009 Black Chrome Limited Edition version of the truck.

H2 production at the Mishawaka plant was suspended in January 2009.[4]

In January 2009, a study by ISO Quality Planning revealed the H2 and H3 Hummers to be the most ticketed vehicles in the United States.[5]

Engines

  • 2002–2007 6000 6.0 L (366 in³) V8
  • 2008-2009 6200 6.2 L V8

Application

The H2 has a light duty truck frame and has a wider-than-average track firm that may offer stability against overturning compared to some of the more common light truck SUVs, although objective tests have not been performed by the government or other outside parties due to its specialized vehicle class. It was marketed as both a general purpose vehicle and as an off-road vehicle. The objective of GM's mass marketing was to maximize sales, and the H2 is primarily used as a passenger vehicle on typical roads. Along with the Ford Excursion the H2 was also the base for a limousine conversion.

File:Hummer H2 .jpg
Yellow Hummer H2

Fuel economy

General Motors is not required to provide official H2 fuel economy ratings due to the vehicle's GVWR.[6]

Publisher Observation
Motortrend[7] 12 mpg-US (20 L/100 km; 14 mpg-imp)
Car and Driver[8] 10 mpg-US (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg-imp)
about.com[9] 8.6 mpg-US (27 L/100 km; 10.3 mpg-imp)
Edmunds[10] 9.2 mpg-US (26 L/100 km; 11.0 mpg-imp)
Four Wheeler[11] 10.8 mpg-US (21.8 L/100 km; 13.0 mpg-imp)

Tax benefits in the United States

Under the United States income tax code, the cost of vehicles over 6,000 pounds (2,700 kg) can be deducted from specific forms of income. This deduction was enacted decades ago to assist self-employed people in purchasing a vehicle for business use. The weight minimum was intended to limit the deduction to commercial-type trucks. For many years, the deduction remained below the average cost of a new vehicle, since large trucks were relatively inexpensive. Since it is a reduction in taxable income, the actual value of this deduction averages 30% of the price of the vehicle in question.

The increasing popularity of these commercial vehicles in the last decade, however, pushed their average price to nearly double the average passenger car cost. In response, the 2002 Tax Act increased this "Section 179 depreciation deduction" to US$75,000, and it rose again to US$102,000 for the 2004 tax year. This is more than three times the current average cost of a passenger car in the United States and covers a large number of luxury models, including the Hummer H2. In late 2006, the deduction was again reduced to US$25,000 for vehicles with GVWR ratings between 6,000 lb (2,700 kg) and 14,000 lb (6,400 kg).

This deduction has received criticism as favoring large vehicles over the more energy efficient zero polluting electric vehicles, which received a maximum deduction of $4,000, $1,000 in 2007, and $0 in 2008.[citation needed](Although this was for anybody, not just commercial deductions like Section 179.)

Base price MSRP in 2008 for the H2 is $53,286. While the vehicle initially had high resale value, price depreciation has increased rapidly over the past few years and the H2 commonly sells for less than 40% of original price after just two-to-three years according to Newsweek.

File:2006 Hummer H3 H1 and
2006 Hummer lineup: H3, H1, and H2 (L-R).

Features

Standard features

Standard features include air conditioning w/tri-zone climate controls, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, 8-way power front seats, memory system, premium sound system, 6-disc CD changer, outside-temperature indicator, compass, and rear radio controls.

Optional features

Options for the H2 include adjustable rear suspension, a power sunroof, rear view camera, DVD entertainment system, navigation system, and universal garage door opener.

Yearly American sales

Calendar Year Total American sales
2002[12] 18,861
2003 34,529
2004[13] 28,898
2005 33,140
2006[14] 17,472
2007 12,431
2008[15] 6,095
2009[16] 1,513

References

  1. ^ "Группа компаний Автотор :: Автомобили GM" (in Russian). Avtotor.ru. http://www.avtotor.ru/gm/. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  2. ^ http://www.avtotor.ru/upload/pictures/
  3. ^ Meenan, Jim (17 April 2010). "Hummer's days are dwindling: Sale unlikely; dealerships begin process of winding down". South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/article/20100417/News01/4170301/-1/. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Korzeniewski, Jeremy (27 January 2009). "On The Rocks: HUMMER H2 production suspended". http://www.autoblog.com/2009/01/27/on-the-rocks-hummer-h2-production-suspended/. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Which cars draw the most tickets? - MSN". Articles.moneycentral.msn.com. 2009-01-21. http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Insurance/InsureYourCar/which-drivers-get-the-most-tickets.aspx?GT1=33004. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  6. ^ GM Buy Power[dead link]
  7. ^ "Motor Trend". Motor Trend. http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupe/112_0410_mismatch_comparison/specs_price.html. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  8. ^ Car and Driver
  9. ^ "Trucks at About.com". Trucks.about.com. 2010-06-19. http://trucks.about.com/od/2006truckintrosspecs/ss/06_h2sut_5.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  10. ^ "Edmunds". Edmunds. http://www.edmunds.com/hummer/h2/2007/review.html. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  11. ^ "Four Wheeler". Four Wheeler. http://www.fourwheeler.com/roadtests/129_0608_2005_hummer_h2_sut/. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  12. ^ "mediaOnline". Media.gm.com. 2003-01-03. http://media.gm.com/news/sales/030103_decsales.html. Retrieved 2009-09-27. [dead link]
  13. ^ http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2006/01/05/205609.html
  14. ^ "GM Media Online". Media.gm.com. 2007-01-03. Archived from the original on June 21, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070621063220/http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewmonthlyreleasedetail.do?domain=6&docid=31596. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  15. ^ "GM Media Online". Media.gm.com. 2009-01-05. http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=2&docid=51161. Retrieved 2009-09-27. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac Post Sales Gains". GM Media. 2010-01-05. http://media.gm.com/content/Pages/news/us/en/2010/Jan/0105_Dec_Sales/_jcr_content/iconrow/textfile/file.res/Deliveries%20December%2009.xls. 

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