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Fan Drops Serious Cash for Tupac's Old Hummer

The fully customized vehicle also included a cassette of Thriller

(Newser) - An anonymous 2Pac fan in the Midwest just paid more than $337,000 for the late-rapper's customized Hummer H1 at auction, CNN reports. Tupac Shakur bought the vehicle three months before he was killed in 1996 at the age of 25. An executive vice president at RR Auction calls... More »

Rescuers Sue Woman They Saved From Burning Vehicle

David Kelley filed suit after hearing driver had been attempting suicide

(Newser) - What began as a heroic rescue of an Ohio woman from her burning vehicle has turned into a nightmare for the two Good Samaritans who sustained life-altering physical and emotional damage while saving her life—leading them to sue her, the Columbus Dispatch reports. David Kelley and Mark Kinkaid spotted... More »

GM Recalls 1.5 Million Cars After Reports of Fire

At least 5 vehicles caught fire thanks to washer fluid

(Newser) - General Motors is recalling 1.5 million vehicles in the wake of reports that at least five have caught on fire thanks to a problem with their heated windshield washer system. The recall covers vehicles made from 2006 to 2009 across a host of lines, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, and... More »

GM Begins Hummer Shutdown

Sale of gas-guzzling brand falls through

(Newser) - The once-mighty Hummer is going away for good. GM has begun winding down the brand after a sale to a Chinese company fell through. It's the second brand, along with Saturn, that GM has failed to sell as part of its restructuring. Only about 2,500 Hummers remain in stock,... More »

In Eco-Terms, Dog = Hummer

(Newser) - A dog has about the same impact on the planet as an SUV, according to a study out of New Zealand. The authors of Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living claim the environmental footprint of a Toyota Land Cruiser is smaller than the ecological impact... More »

Hummer Sold to Chinese Firm

GM offloads brand to Chinese heavy-equipment maker

(Newser) - General Motors has finalized a deal to sell its iconic Hummer brand to Chinese heavy-equipment maker Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. The deal will save 150 Hummer dealerships and 3,000 American jobs, execs say. The vehicles will be assembled at GM plants in the US until 2011 under... More »

Cash for Clunkers Buying New Guzzlers

(Newser) - The Obama administration is hyping the cash-for-clunkers program as a chance for Americans to buy more fuel efficient cars, but not all buyers are going greener. Bulky SUVs and even trucks can be purchased with the $3 billion government subsidies, reports AP. Washington is refusing to release detailed records of... More »

How Taxpayers Can Profit From the New GM

A change in the automotive paradigm would be worth more than any dividend

(Newser) - Tomorrow will see the death—and rebirth—of General Motors. And with the government taking a 60% stake, it's reasonable to wonder whether taxpayers will ever see a return on their investment, writes Matthew DeBord for the Big Money on Slate. But the focus on money might be "short-sighted,... More »

China Won't Allow Hummer Sale: Report

Country KOs GM deal with manufacturer over environmental worries

(Newser) - Beijing will halt GM’s sale of the Hummer brand to a Chinese machinery firm over pollution concerns, according to Chinese state radio. The purchase would run counter to the government’s goal of reducing pollution caused by manufacturing, the BBC reports. The Chinese firm shrugged off the report. “... More »

Schwarzenegger Happy to See Hummer Go to China

Calif. Gov. believes Chinese owners will be able to ratchet up mileage

(Newser) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger helped popularize the Hummer by driving one, but he's not worried that its days of American ownership are over, reports the Los Angeles Times. The gas-guzzler has come to symbolize Detroit's failure to innovate, and the brand's new Chinese owners will be able to double the... More »

Hummer Deal Will Make Beijing Crazy

(Newser) - The news that an obscure Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer is probably making government officials pull their hair out in frustration, writes Andrew Peaple of the Wall Street Journal. “Beijing is keen for Chinese companies to expand overseas,” he allows. “But they’re also hoping for some common... More »

Chinese Machinery Firm to Buy Hummer

Company aims to become carmaker

(Newser) - After General Motors announced a plan to sell the brand, the identity of Hummer’s buyer has emerged: It’s a Chinese machinery firm that aims to become an automaker, an insider tells the New York Times. GM’s deal with the Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company was subject... More »

GM Strikes Hummer Deal

Buyer, price not disclosed

(Newser) - General Motors has announced a "tentative" plan to sell its Hummer brand to a buyer who could take control by the end of the third quarter, says the Wall Street Journal. The firm didn’t say who was buying it or for how much, but noted that the purchaser... More »

GM Close to Hummer Sale That Would Save 3K US Jobs

Has picked a buyer; deal would be finalized by Sept.

(Newser) - GM has selected an unnamed investor to buy its hulking Hummer brand, in a move aimed at saving more than 3000 US jobs, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. They say the company hopes to seal the deal, rumored to be in the $200 million range, by September. An official... More »

Hatch: Save the Hummer ... for the Environment

(Newser) - Many Republicans won’t touch fuel economy issues, but not Sen. Orrin Hatch. He’s been an advocate for alternative-fuel vehicles for a decade, and yesterday got behind the wheel of the most muscular hybrid ever, reports Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. A company from Hatch’s native Utah... More »

Seeking Sales Bump, GM Targets Middle East

New models will be introduced soon

(Newser) - General Motors hopes to rebound from a 19% first-quarter drop in Middle East sales by introducing new models and helping buyers with down payments, Reuters reports. "There are a lot of people who walk into showrooms who aren't able to buy because they can't get financing," says the... More »

In Iraq, Hummer's the Hottest Ride

While 20,000 patrol the streets, 20 civilian Hummers are setting a trend

(Newser) - An American military icon has become all the rage in war-weary Baghdad: the Hummer. With at least 20,000 military Humvees on the road, the civilian version seems an unlikely symbol for auto-elitism, but a dealership run by two brothers indicates otherwise. They estimate they've sold 20 H3s in the... More »

Want a Traffic Ticket? Buy a Hummer

Drivers of burly SUV 4.63 times more likely than average to get in trouble with law

(Newser) - Hummers and Scion’s tC top a list of cars most likely to receive moving violations, the Los Angeles Times reports. A study links tickets to size and power—the Hummer is one of the biggest “cars” on the road—and driver age, which applies to the Scion, marketed... More »

Detroit's Sourest Lemons

A look at these clunkers will leave little doubt why Motown's in such a mess

(Newser) - With Detroit automakers making headlines on Capitol Hill, the New York Daily News offers a retrospective on the Motor City’s biggest lemons:
  • Ford Edsel: A gas-guzzling marketing disaster that became a byword for failure.
  • Chevy Aveo: From 0 to 60 in 11.7 seconds.
  • Hummer H2: A militaristic
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GM Considers Axing Brands to Win Aid

Pontiac, Saab, Saturn could go on chopping block

(Newser) - General Motors is considering eliminating some of its brands in an effort to win federal aid, sources tell the Detroit Free Press. The automaker, sent back to Detroit by Congress and told to come back with a better business plan, is said to be considering all options, including ditching its... More »

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