Schwarzenegger Happy to See Hummer Go to China

Calif. Gov. believes Chinese owners will be able to ratchet up mileage
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2009 2:34 AM CDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger examines a Hummer while touring the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show.   (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
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(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 Hummer’s gas mileage or even bring it close to 100 miles per gallon, according to Schwarzenegger.

"We know we’ve got to get rid of the big polluting vehicles and cars that drive with very low mileage," said the governor, whose own Hummer has been converted to run on vegetable oil. “You know the Hummer gets maybe 14 miles per gallon, and that is not enough." (Read more Arnold Schwarzenegger stories.)