Brand New Hummer H1s Still Available to U.S. Army and Chinese Civilians

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
brand new hummer h1s still available to u s army and chinese civilians

Bob Lutz And Henrik Fisker’s feisty Michigan-based VLF Automotive is bringing the H1 back to the masses — provided they don’t reside in North America. Lutz has struck a deal with Humvee Export, a small collective of off-road enthusiasts and entrepreneurs in Saint Clair, Michigan to assemble the trucks using GM powertrains at VLF’s petite factory in Auburn Hills.

Even though General Motors abandoned the Hummer brand in 2010, and H1 assembly in 2006, AM General has continued production of the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle for allied military use. It has also begun offering a C-Series kit to private citizens for $60,000 in 2013, which includes the HMMWV platform minus a powertrain. Seeing an opportunity, Humvee Export began ordering C-Series kits that same year — finishing them off for sale in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. In 2017, they branched out to include export to China and are enlisting VLF in order to expand production.

“There’s a niche market,” Humvee president John Costin told Car and Driver. “There are people who want to have the most fun at 5 or 6 mph.”

Costin says Humvee plans to assemble up to 100 finished trucks by year’s end, with the majority going to wealthy buyers in China with a $150,00o starting price and loads of optional extras. The vehicles will be vintage Hummer in appearance and come in three trim levels: Bravo, Charlie, and Delta. Higher trims provide additional luxury, distancing the vehicle from the base model’s interior and its military roots.

There are also four engine options providing some of the worst fuel economy in the industry. Most models will be assembled with a 6.5-liter diesel V8 in three flavors — 190 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque; 205 hp and 440 lb-ft; or 250 hp and 440 lb-ft. General Motors’ 6.2-liter LS3 is also on offer with 430 horsepower and 424 foot pounds of torque, a higher price point, and the 4L85-E four-speed automatic. Humvee Exports did not specify what transmission the diesels would be using.

As stated earlier, you cannot get one in America. The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act, which allows kit-car companies to forego EPA certification and crash testing of replicas built at least 25 years ago, doesn’t apply here. While the Hummer H1 — first rolled out in 1992 — is technically old enough, is also still in production with AM General. Don’t like that? Write to your state representative.

However, if you have the means to purchase one, you may already own a home outside of the U.S. anyway. In which case, the problem resolves itself.

[Images: Humvee Export LLC]

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  • MeaMaximaCulpa MeaMaximaCulpa on May 08, 2017

    A yes, the lovely GM 6.5 diesel. Why not a GM 6.6 that is actually somewhat decent and was what was installed in the last Hummer H1s?

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    • 87 Morgan 87 Morgan on May 09, 2017

      + whatever...the 6.5 is only measurably better than the 6.2. Since they are buying the optional LS3 from GM, why not go talk to Cummins about a 5.9 2nd gen like i had in my 03' Ram. Substantially better power plant and i am certain you can get it and an Allison trans tucked under the hood. Nah, hand over that 6.5 with 190 hp.

  • 4drSedan 4drSedan on May 08, 2017

    There are some things that come close to triggering my PTSD, the sound of that 6.6 liter clattering at idle is one of the worst.

  • Art Vandelay It is a shame, this is the perfect sort of vehicle for EBFlex and Tassos to puff each other's peters in but as it is electric, EBFlex will miss out. Sad
  • Art Vandelay Coming to a rental lot near you. And when it does know there is a good chance EBFlex and Tassos have puffed each other's peters in it!
  • Art Vandelay I doubt there is even room for EBFlex and Tassos to puff each other's peters in that POS
  • Art Vandelay The lack of side windows is a boon for EBFlex and Tassos as nobody can see them puffing each other's peters back there!
  • Art Vandelay They all have sunroofs which is good for EBFlex and can stand and hang out the roof while the other puffs his peter