By on February 24, 2010

As connoisseurs will certify, daily Hummers are good for you. The Chinese agree and keep us supplied with the delicious staple of GM (and we don’t mean genetically modified) food.

Yesterday, we announced that time may be running out for the Hummer-Tengzhong deal. Jalopnik even went as far as saying that the deal is dead.

“Not so” said Shanghai Daily in the early Chinese morning hours of Wednesday. One of their sources said that “the chances of having the deal approved had dropped to 50-50,” another source of the Shanghai paper remained defiant: “Tengzhong has not given up hope yet to win government approval.”

This (U.S.) morning, the Wall Street Journal weighed in on the matter. Their Beijing correspondent reconnected with her “person close to the situation” after the source had returned from the Chinese New Year holidays. That impeccable source reported that “Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. has been told that the Chinese government won’t clear its deal to buy General Motors Co.’s Hummer unit.”

In the afternoon, Reuters did a straddle. 

They repeated the rumors that the deal had been shot down. But a few paragraphs into the story, they said: “Wang Chao, an assistant commerce minister, reiterated at a briefing on Wednesday that the ministry had yet to receive an application, and any reports that the agency had rejected the bid were untrue.”

So there you have it: Inside sources say the deal has been rejected. Ministry officials say officially: “Bu dui!” (No!) “There’s nothing to approve! Where is the application?”

According to Gasgoo, Wang (who may have been carefully selected as the expert for the Hummer case) “said he doesn’t know if other government ministries have received an application from the Chinese company.” And in another perfect example of Chinese ambiguity, Wang opined: “The Chinese government supports companies’ overseas investment, but requests them to carry out cooperation based on market rules.”

A regular fare of Hummers will continue to bring delight to us for the foreseeable future. And that’s how it should be. TTAC isn’t big on benefits. But rarely does a day pass without a Hummer. Or in this case, several a day.

PS: Hold your protests. I’m a CCC (card carrying Catholic,) well versed in my Matthews 6:11, and the Good Book says nothing against SUVs.

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15 Comments on “Give Us Today Our Daily Hummer...”

  • avatar

    Why can’t they just let it go away? Hummer is more useless now than ever before, and with CAFE requirements getting more stringent in the future (one way or another), how will anyone make it work here? I say just let Hummer go already. They’re played out now anyway. When I see them on the road today they just look ridiculous.

    • 0 avatar

      If I’m not mistaken, the most likely reason why Hummer can’t “just go away” is because the dealer franchise agreements were reaffirmed (or never actually went away) during GM’s bankruptcy.

      So discontinuing Hummer would likely trigger payments to dealers, much as what happened when Oldsmobile was shut down – except that this time the money would come from the U.S. Treasury. It’s curious as to why Hummer wasn’t cut loose at the same time as Pontiac, other than perhaps it was thought that a certain buyer was waiting in the wings.

  • avatar

    And to think I had a comment removed once for suggestive content…. hum… well I never…

  • avatar

    Just out of curiosity, why did the H2 get stuck? I’m assuming it has locking differentials and more aggressive tires whereas the Escalade probably has neither.

  • avatar


    I was wondering the same thing. If you look closely, the tires are spinning (and not spinning) independently, which leads me to believe the Hummer driver was too clueless to lock the diffs.

  • avatar

    Just like I said a year (or was it two?) ago…

    The Hummer brand is UNSALEABLE. Always was. Always will be.

  • avatar

    Autoblog says the brand is going to be wound down and won’t be sold now.

    You know, Hummer could have been a great Jeep and/or Land Rover competitor for GM, too bad they turned it into a Douchemobile.

  • avatar
    Cammy Corrigan

    RIP Hummer.

  • avatar

    Just color me “jackass yellow”, baby!

  • avatar
    Larry P2

    The problem is not with locking differentials, or lack thereof on the Hummer. The problem is the vast majority of SUV’s sold are unsuitable for the purposes that people think they are buying them for. The Caddie and the Hummer both have IFS, which is an unmitigated disaster offroad. I’ve argued many times that even a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is at best marginal off road, in bone stock form. Heavily modified, they are superb, but do people know that they require heavy modification to adequately go off road when they buy a Rubicon?

    Any SUV that is somewhat decent on the highway is absolutely unsuitable for even the most easy off-road terrain. That is why that tractor is able to easily pull out those stuck SUV’s (which got stuck far too easily in easy terrain in the first instance, then are so heavy that no other SUV is adequate to budge them).

    Big, extremely-low pressure flotation tires, extremely low gears, great big huge paddle tires with lots of space between lugs, spool lockers etc etc. You can achieve the same thing with a highly-modified Jeep, but they are as underivable and unsafe on the road as the tractor.

  • avatar
    Larry P2

    I know from embarrassing personal experience what rubies will do under the conditions that you say. I have owned both a 2006 rubi and a 2008 unlimited rubie. Against properly built Jeeps, it was embarrassing, to say the least. They were helpless pigs compared to ancient jeeps with lifts, locking diffs, softer springs, etc. It was not even a close call.

    The built jeeps ran rings around my rubis. Most of the time, the Rubies would be locked front and rear, while the old built jeeps were not even in four wheel drive.

  • avatar

    Ya know…

    Im sure virtually any awd vehicle with snows / decent tires (Subbie Legacy GT).. with tires deflated to some low pressure.. would have made a much nicer exit from that slop.. than some fat overweight pig = H2.

    Then again…
    If I had an earlier Legacy GT, and gotten the rest out.. after the Caddy owner begged and pleaded with me…

    I’d still leave the H2 there.. based on principal ALONE.

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