The Life and Death of the Hummer

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Ever since the Hummer burst onto the scene in the early 1990s after its coming out party during Operation Desert Storm and the Persian Gulf War (and with a little help from then-Terminator, ex-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger), the public has had a love-hate relationship with its super-sized combination of size, power, utility and consumption. More than any other car in the past two decades, the Hummer has come to represent the best and the worst aspects of American culture (depending on what political and cultural lens you happen to be looking through). To ecologically conscious progressives, the Hummer epitomized the bloated, overweight, aggressively militaristic characteristics of an empire whose citizens had become enamored with having the biggest toy on the block. To the right-leaning rugged individualist foreign policy hawks, it was a symbol of American ingenuity, military prowess and man’s domination over nature and a harsh, unforgiving environment. So, after learning this week that GM would be closing its Hummer division for good after a deal to sell the brand to a Chinese company fell through, it is with mixed emotions that we look back on the life and death of the Hummer.

Source: CarsDirect

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