By on September 22, 2009

Triple axle HUMMER limo (courtesy nixonisinhell.wordpress.com)

Not THIS HUMMER (that would be a bit of a stretch). But a HUMMER nonetheless. The Associated Press reports that “Data released late last week by the Department of Transportation shows that tens of thousands of trucks, minivans and SUVs with relatively low gas mileage were among the nearly 700,000 vehicles sold under the program in late July and August. It even included a handful of Hummers, a hulking vehicle not usually associated with fuel economy.” I guess the AP couldn’t say “including a big ass gas-guzzling military-themed HUMMER, the vehicle most reviled by people who thought (even for a second) that the $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program’s real goal was improving the fuel efficiency of America’s automotive fleet to help reverse the irreversible catastrophe of global warming.” Now, there’s a lot of parsing and wrangling and finger-pointing to be done here, as usual. But let’s not lose sight of the salient fact: A HUMMER! Why not? Lest we forget, “for buyers of SUVs, pickups and minivans, that difference [between the trade-in and the new vehicle's mpgs] had to be only 2 mpg.”

In other news, the final sales numbers are out. The Chevy Silverado pipped the F-150 at the C4C post. The manly man’s pickup picked-up 16,330 sales, vs. 16,263 for the tuff enough [sic] F-150. What does that tell you? As the Silverado is a high profit vehicle for its nationalized manufacturer, the taxpayer-funded sales surge has certainly helped the taxpayer-funded automaker stay alive. How great is that? Oh, and HUMMER is still owned by GM, in case you (or GM’s management) forgot.

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16 Comments on “Cash for Clunkers Shock Horror! HUMMER Bought with C4C Cash!...”


  • avatar
    26theone

    H3 gets 16mpg combined and the H2 is not listed on fueleconomy.gov so I guess these are H3 sales? So the trade in would need to get 14mpg combined or less?

  • avatar
    Martin Albright

    For those who saw C4C as a lifeline tossed to the struggling domestic auto makers, I would think they would be OK with the hummer sales as they are at least a nominally US company (albeit a division that’s about to be cut loose to wither and die on its own.)

    Seems to me the real scandal is the article I saw several weeks ago that pointed out that, at least locally, the primary benficiaries of C4C had been Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

  • avatar
    TZ

    The H3 is built on the same platform as Chevy’s small trucks, like the Colorado. Seems like a non-issue.

  • avatar
    Stingray

    LULZ… HA!

  • avatar
    rmwill

    How dare consumers buy products that they like!

    Robert, not all consumers are hairdressers who fancy VW’s.

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    Since C4C was a product of the Congressional sausage press, it should be no surprise that the door was left open wide for virtually anything that the Big 3 make. Imagine how much worse the domestic vs. Asia sales numbers would have been if the main qualification for the incentive were high MPG? I mean, how many Foci/Cobalts/Calibers were even available for sale?

  • avatar
    imag

    ClutchCar: My guess is that (non H1) Hummers are actually very popular with the hairdresser crowd. The valuation generally seems to be style over substance, after all.

  • avatar
    imag

    rmwill: My guess is that (non H1) Hummers are actually very popular with the hairdresser crowd. The valuation generally seems to be style over substance, after all.

  • avatar
    Autosavant

    A colleague of mine that still likes SUVs had a Trailblazer (3 yr lease) and then got a Hummer H3 with the wimpy 5 cyl engine which actually gave him better MPG than the Trailbazer.

  • avatar
    superbadd75

    Hummer H3 with the wimpy 5 cyl engine which actually gave him better MPG than the Trailbazer.

    So for the 1 or 2 mpg difference in fuel mileage, the TrailBlazer’s got something like 70 more horses and is rated to tow about 1,000 more lbs, has real cargo capacity inside, and can be purchased loaded for roughly the same price as a fairly basic, cloth interior H3. Style over substance. Hummers are for poseurs.

  • avatar
    wsn

    rmwill :
    September 22nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    How dare consumers buy products that they like!

    Robert, not all consumers are hairdressers who fancy VW’s.

    ————————————–

    Well, all government actions such as bailout or C4C are aimed at distorting consumer choices.

    If consumers choices were respected as is, GM would have been liquidated last December.

  • avatar
    reclusive_in_nature

    Way to stick it to the man.

  • avatar
    rmwill

    @WSN

    Consumers didn’t drive GM into bankruptcy, management did.

  • avatar
    PeteMoran

    How dare consumers buy products that they like!

    Yes, savage depreciation and wasted imported oil are victimless crimes.

  • avatar
    wsn

    rmwill :
    September 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    @WSN

    Consumers didn’t drive GM into bankruptcy, management did.
    ———————————
    More accurately:

    Consumers did drive GM into bankruptcy (by not buying), the UAW/management were responsible for it (because they were paid).

  • avatar

    Yes, savage depreciation and wasted imported oil are victimless crimes.

    Nicely put. Every single military personnel who are in Iraq right now are there because of oil. Let no one tell you otherwise. It’s been about securing oil supplies so that the spoiled middle class and above will stay placated and happy from day one.

    Can anyone with an ounce of decency rationalise away the fact that there are Americans dying because of the thirst for oil and the ensuing oil war in the middle east?

    Consumer choice does not negate consumer responsibility. Take what you need, but no more.


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