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The Hummer H2 is an SUV and SUT sold by General Motors under the Hummer brand. It is a large truck (lighter and slightly slimmer than the Hummer H1, while slightly longer and slightly taller) with room for six passengers (including driver). The rearmost part of the H2 SUV was modified to a pickup truck bed for the 2005 H2 SUT ("Sport Utility Truck").

Overview

Hummer H2 SUT
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The H2 is built under contract by AM General at a specially constructed plant in Mishawaka, Indianamarker, USAmarker. Although it shares GM's GMT820 truck platform with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, those vehicles differ in many ways and are constructed in three other GM plants. The H2's final frame assembly is made up of 3 sections: The front uses a modified GM 2500-Series utility frame, the mid-section is all new and is completely boxed, and the rear section uses a modified GM 1500-Series frame which is upgraded for the gross vehicle weight. The 2008 Hummer H2 does 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds.

The H2 was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2003. The H2 appeared in the video game Midnight Club 3. Hummer launched a special 2009 Black Chrome Limited Edition version of the truck.

In January 2009, a study by ISO Quality Planning revealed the H2 and H3 Hummers to be the most ticketed vehicles in the United States.

Engines:
  • 2003–2007 6000 6.0 L (366 in³) V8
  • 2008- 6200 6.2 L V8


Application

The H2 has a massive truck frame and has a wider-than-average track firm that may offer stability against overturning compared to some of the more common light truck SUVs, although objective tests have not been performed by the government or other outside parties due to its specialized vehicle class.It is marketed as both a general purpose vehicle and as an off-road vehicle. Because of mass marketing by GM, it is primarily used as a passenger vehicle on typical roads. Along with the Ford Excursion, the H2 is also a very common vehicle for a limousine conversion.

Autobot Ratchet, on display at the IAA 2007 in Frankfurt, Germany


Fuel economy

General Motors is not required to provide official H2 fuel economy ratings due to the vehicle's GVWR.

Who Observation
Motortrend
Car and Driver
about.com
Edmunds
Four Wheeler
Motortrend observed 12 mpg. Car and Driver observed . A reviewer at about.com got . Edmunds got . Four Wheeler magazine observed in their final long term report of an H2 SUT (pickup). Their worst tank was and best tank was . Consumer Guide observed , even with mostly highway driving. Automobile Magazine averaged less than . US News observed according to its trip computer. Cars.com observed according to its trip computer in mostly highway driving. Most vehicles (between 90% and 98%) get lower consumption when driving on the highway, due to reduced acceleration and braking (which burns more gasoline); hybrid cars are an exception to this rule.

Tax benefits

Under the United Statesmarker income tax code, the cost of vehicles over can be deducted from specific forms of income. This deduction was enacted decades ago to assist self-employed people in purchasing a vehicle for business use. The weight minimum was intended to limit the deduction to commercial-type trucks. For many years, the deduction remained below the average cost of a new vehicle, since large trucks were relatively inexpensive. Since it is a reduction in taxable income, the actual value of this deduction averages 30% of the price of the vehicle in question.

The increasing popularity of these commercial vehicles in the last decade, however, pushed their average price to nearly double the average passenger car cost. In response, the 2002 Tax Act increased this "Section 179 depreciation deduction" to US$75,000, and it rose again to US$102,000 for the 2004 tax year. This is more than three times the current average cost of a passenger car in the United States and covers a large number of luxury models, including the Hummer H2. In late 2006, the deduction was again reduced to US$25,000 for vehicles with GVWR ratings between and .

This deduction has received criticism as favoring large vehicles over the more energy efficient zero polluting electric vehicles, which received a maximum deduction of $4,000, $1,000 in 2007, and $0 in 2008. (Although this was for anybody, not just commercial deductions like Section 179.)

Base price MSRP in 2008 for the H2 is $53,286. While the vehicle initially had high resale value, price depreciation has increased rapidly over the past few years and the H2 commonly sells for less than 40% of original price after just two-to-three years according to Newsweek.

Features

Standard features

Standard features include air conditioning w/tri-zone climate controls, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, 8-way power front seats, memory system, premium sound system, 6-disc CD changer, outside-temperature indicator, compass, and rear radio controls.

Optional features

Options for the H2 include adjustable rear airbag suspension, a power sunroof, rearview camera, DVD entertainment system, navigation system, night vision, and universal garage door opener.

Yearly American sales

Calendar Year Total American sales
2002 18,861
2003 34,529
2004 28,898
2005 33,140
2006 17,472
2007 12,431
2008 6,095


References

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/business/03auto.html?_r=1
  2. Which cars draw the most tickets? - MSN
  3. GM Buy Power
  4. Motor Trend
  5. Car and Driver
  6. Trucks at About.com
  7. Edmunds
  8. Four Wheeler
  9. Consumer Guide Auto
  10. Automobile Mag
  11. US News
  12. http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2006/01/05/205609.html


External links

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