China Won't Allow Hummer Sale: Report

Country KOs GM deal with manufacturer over environmental worries
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 26, 2009 1:05 PM CDT
In this photo taken Wednesday, June 3, 2009, customers look at Hummer vehicles in a parking lot of an auto market in Beijing, China.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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(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. “The fact that it is from an article from a state media organization does not mean it is government policy,” the company said in a statement.

“We do not yet have a definitive agreement, but are developing our proposals with GM and Hummer and we will continue to engage with the appropriate authorities in an appropriate manner,” said Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery. The report also said China's planning body objected to the firm's lack of carmaking know-how.
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