Hummer SUVs (“Hammer”) is rooted in the 70s. At that time, the U.S. military, worried about the lack of all-terrain American military passenger cars, announces a tender for the release of a new military SUV. In 1979, AM General took over the development of a new car. The new model is named High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). For ease of utilization, the developers began to call the car Humvee (Humvee) - hence the name of the car.
A year later, AM General presented the result of its work, which on tests hit not only the military, but also the developers themselves. As a result, in 1983, the U.S. Army received the first batch of Humvee at its disposal. Humvee cars showed their best side during the first war in Iraq, and videos showing new cars in all their glory and going around the planet far and wide served as an excellent advertisement for Humvee.
Since 1992, AM General has signed an agreement with General Motors to jointly release a civilian version of a military SUV. The name of the car is changed from the diminutive Humvee to the formidable Hummer, and the model goes on sale. Moreover, he pushed the company to produce cars with a rather curious episode. During the filming of Kindergarten Police, Arnold Schwarzenegger saw a Humvee convoy passing by, and he was so struck by the size and power of the SUVs that he immediately placed an order for a civilian version of the car. Later, Sylvester Stallone, Andre Agassi and other celebrities followed his example
In 1998, AM General sold the Hummer brand to GM, but continued to use its manufacturing facilities to make Hummer.
In 2003, the second generation Hummer was released. This time, the car jumped to the Chevrolet Tahoe platform, significantly reducing its size. The off-road qualities of the Hummer H2 also fell markedly compared to the first Hammer, but they were enough to stay on top. In turn, the car added to the comfort of entering the league of luxury SUVs and firmly claiming its rightful place there.
The third, "youngest" Hummer H3 debuted in 2005, becoming the most compact of the Hummer series. If the definition of “compact” is appropriate for this series. The overall cost of the model fell with the size, which allowed us to maintain a consistently high level of sales, starting in 2005. In 2006, the production of the gigantic Hummer H1 was completed, and the company focused on the production of the second and third Hammers. In addition, a Hummer H3-based pickup truck and a new, compact Hummer H4 should go into production soon. Now truly compact.