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Iconic Hummer brand sold to Chinese manufacturer
yahio ap ^ | 8:30 pm EDT, Friday October 9, 2009 | Tom Krisher

Posted on 10/09/2009 6:31:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Hummer, the off-road vehicle that once epitomized America's love for hulking trucks, is now in the hands of a Chinese heavy equipment maker.

General Motors Co. and Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp. finally signed the much-anticipated deal for GM to sell the brand on Friday.

Tengzhong will get an 80 percent stake in the company, while Hong Kong investor Suolang Duoji, who indirectly owns a big stake in Tengzhong through an investment company, will get 20 percent. The investors will also get Hummer's nationwide dealer network.

Financial terms were not disclosed, although a person briefed on the deal said the sale price was around $150 million. The person did not want to be identified because the terms were being kept private. GM's bankruptcy filing last summer said that the brand with military roots could bring in $500 million or more.

Suolang Duoji also is the controlling shareholder and chairman of Lumena Resources Corp., a Hong Kong listed mining company.

GM and Tengzhong said in a statement that the transaction still must be approved by the U.S. and Chinese governments. Chinese regulators initially expressed reservations about Tengzhong's ability to run such an enterprise.

Hummer's current management team will stay with the new company, which will be headquartered either in Detroit or suburban Auburn Hills, Mich.

James Taylor, the GM executive who has run Hummer recently, will remain as its chief executive officer.

Taylor said in an interview with The Associated Press that he knows resurrecting the brand will be difficult, but the key will be quickly rolling out more fuel-efficient models that get over 20 mpg.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: automakers; china; generalmotors; hummer; suv; tengzhong
"There's still a loyal customer base underneath there that loves Hummer," he said.
1 posted on 10/09/2009 6:31:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
You know what the difference between a porcupine and a Hummer is?

(Also applied to the Escalade).

2 posted on 10/09/2009 6:34:50 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: BenLurkin
the key will be quickly rolling out more fuel-efficient models that get over 20 mpg.

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Did I hear somebody say Diesel?

3 posted on 10/09/2009 6:35:49 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: BenLurkin
Iconic Hummer Brand.

That's a bit much.

4 posted on 10/09/2009 6:36:47 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

This is standard liberal journalist cr*p. They use word iconic in EVERYTHING these days. It is the most overused word lately.

Like in “paradigm shift” “Synergy” “that being said”


5 posted on 10/09/2009 6:39:10 PM PDT by Frantzie (Do we want ACORN running America's health care?)
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To: BenLurkin

The aluminum foil, 40mpg version will be debuted as the “Bummer”. Included is a spare engine to be replaced after 30K miles.


6 posted on 10/09/2009 6:44:45 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Clemenza

No what?


7 posted on 10/09/2009 6:48:32 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (All Hail the Community Organizer -in -Chief)
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To: Rennes Templar

A porcupine has its pricks on the OUTSIDE!


8 posted on 10/09/2009 6:49:23 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: BenLurkin

But they weren’t made in China. Cheap steal, cheap engines. I give them a year.


9 posted on 10/09/2009 6:50:50 PM PDT by RC2
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To: RC2

Since GM’s already farmed out a lot of production to China and seen a general quality increase over items produced by lazy UAW workers, the Hummer brand’s quality should at least stay the same if not improve a little bit.


10 posted on 10/09/2009 6:56:01 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t know if Hummers will still be available a year from now, but I guarantee those Michigan plants will be empty, abandoned shells by then.


11 posted on 10/09/2009 6:56:25 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: BenLurkin
One of the callers to Rush Hudson Limbaughs (MMM MMM MMM) show today had something to say about this...

he was a small business owner and as such had cause to visit his local bank on a daily basis, or words to that effect...

at any rate, the bank has a spot that they decided to set aside and advertise with a sign...

"This spot for hybrid vehicles"...

anyway, long story, short...

he always aims to park his H2 Hummer in that spot!!

12 posted on 10/09/2009 7:00:20 PM PDT by Nitro
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To: RC2
As I understood the radio report...

and it was quick...

the sale was for name and profit only...

the production line stays here.

Of course, I could be wrong!!

13 posted on 10/09/2009 7:27:30 PM PDT by Nitro
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To: Spktyr; RC2

The engines produced in China for GM as used in the Trailblazer and other light trucks are machined to much better tolerances than the UAW produced motors. Chinese produced cars lag behind now but will catch up quickly.


14 posted on 10/09/2009 7:29:24 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer
The engines produced in China for GM as used in the Trailblazer and other light trucks are machined to much better tolerances than the UAW produced motors.

Good one, that is as believable as the black guy on TV saying Saturn makes cars. LOL

15 posted on 10/09/2009 7:45:58 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: Clemenza

Also applicable to Subarus & Saabs :)


16 posted on 10/09/2009 7:48:15 PM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: Neidermeyer

Most commercial hard drives are made in China now, and they’re more than acceptably reliable - which means that they are quite precisely made.

If you can make hard drives in mass quantity with that level of quality, cars aren’t a huge challenge.


17 posted on 10/09/2009 7:49:33 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: org.whodat

Actually, he was right. Now, those engines had other problems - but they did actually have better tolerances than the UAW-made ones.


18 posted on 10/09/2009 7:50:28 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Nitro
I’d just call H2 Hummer - Smart For 5.
19 posted on 10/09/2009 7:56:13 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: org.whodat

Don’t take my word for it ... for the last 10 years or so FelPRO gaskets have had a disclaimer on their boxes to the effect that “due to piss poor machining we can’t guarantee that anything will fit a Chevy”


20 posted on 10/09/2009 8:03:55 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer

Chevy has never made anything that was not under engineered and over priced. What was the year model of the great six banger that had the exhaust and head cast together. POS.


21 posted on 10/09/2009 8:07:46 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: alecqss
I’d just call H2 Hummer - Smart For 5.

We are talking five (5) fully armed assault troops...

aren't we?

Except SEAL's...

they will do the Houdini thing...

insert, strike and egress.

22 posted on 10/09/2009 8:47:33 PM PDT by Nitro
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To: BenLurkin

How’s that “free trade” thing working?...


23 posted on 10/09/2009 8:52:27 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (2012: Repeal it all... All of it!)
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To: BenLurkin

Weren’t the Hummers originally designed and built for our Military to replace the venerable Jeeps? It was only later that GM started making a model for the consumer market. Where are we going to be buying our military transportation vehicles and parts for them? From a potential future enemy???


24 posted on 10/09/2009 8:54:21 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: BenLurkin

Dongfeng EQ2050 - Sino-Humvee


25 posted on 10/09/2009 8:57:16 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: Clemenza

Thanks for the answer, I have been wondering also...


26 posted on 10/09/2009 9:30:04 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: org.whodat

I don’t know where you came up with that assertion,because Chev always had great engines ‘cept for Vegas. Exhaust manifold cast in-head?? I think you are talking FORD inline 6?


27 posted on 10/09/2009 9:32:06 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
How’s that “free trade” thing working?...

Ahl yoo-a Hum-mer are be-long too us !! ... (Chi-Comms)

28 posted on 10/09/2009 9:45:44 PM PDT by 1ofmanyfree ((No jobs, licenses,mortgages,bank accounts or amnesty for any illegal alien criminals ! ))
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To: BenLurkin

“Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp.”

Ugh.


29 posted on 10/10/2009 12:47:07 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Frantzie

Yes, it is literally the most over used word.


30 posted on 10/10/2009 1:03:57 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: Clemenza
Chevy Avalanche. Remember their first two years' commercials? First vehicle in history designed for, and specifically marketed to, *ssholes.

They had some pretty diseased marketing appeals going.

I call 'em "Ass-a-lanche".

31 posted on 10/10/2009 4:50:22 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Swordmaker
Where are we going to be buying our military transportation vehicles and parts for them? From a potential future enemy???

Not a problem -- we'll be outsourcing the Big Red One and the Second Marine Division, so the guys in the field will at least be able to read the owner's manuals.

Speaking of which, how's your Mandarin?

32 posted on 10/10/2009 4:53:12 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: myknowledge
Dongfeng EQ2050 - Sino-Humvee

Interesting -- I'd read that all the Chinese really want out of Hummer is the proprietary industrial-processes techniques Hummer uses.

They've already got a copy of the truck.

Guess that forecast that the factories will be empty in a year are probably good. Once they get the data and study the processes, they'll just shut Hummer down. The purchase price? Egg money, to them.

33 posted on 10/10/2009 4:56:17 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Minutemen
wrong, try the Cadillac 4100 with everyone of them blew their heads at 80,000 are so miles.

80-85, 250, 4.1, D, GM Chevrolet, 2 bbl. Integral head,

34 posted on 10/10/2009 5:35:10 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: BenLurkin

The dirty ChiNazi communists are buying the spirits of America, iconic sypmbols of America, just like Japan did in the 80’s. We should protect our icons from these dirty ChiNazis. This is an invasion of American culture! Defend our culture!


35 posted on 10/10/2009 6:51:55 AM PDT by Wiz
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To: Clemenza

Are you an SUV hater?


36 posted on 10/10/2009 9:13:38 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (All Hail the Community Organizer -in -Chief)
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To: BenLurkin

Would the type of customer who bought a Hummer not be likely to boycott China because is China?


37 posted on 10/10/2009 9:17:51 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (It always easier to find spelling errors after you post.)
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To: org.whodat

Saturn DOES make cars. They’re cars for people who HATE cars.


38 posted on 10/10/2009 9:19:28 PM PDT by Don W (I will praise Him.)
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To: Rennes Templar

I don’t hate SUVs, its just the the Hummer and the Escalade tend to attract a certain breed of a-sholes for some reason.


39 posted on 10/11/2009 10:18:53 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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