August 13, 2008
Irony Alert

Remember the glory days when Bush was marching us all off to war and bubble-brained draft dodgers from coast to coast were laying out $50,000 or so for GM’s two-ton penis extenders?

Now our pygmy president whines that Russia has no business invading a poor little sovereign nation like Georgia, and Russian’s richest billionaire figures his own country’s chickenhawks are ready to to take their turn at the wheel of those big, brawny, gas-sucking dick stiffeners.

Russia’s richest man, Oleg Deripaska, has held talks with General Motors about buying Hummer, the brand of gas-guzzling cars modelled on the US army’s heavily armoured Humvee combat vehicles.

The billionaire oligarch has had “exploratory” contact with GM although any deal is some way off, sources close to the negotiations told Reuters.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 13, 2008 09:24 PM
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What's good for General Motors is good for Russia?

Good riddance?

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on August 13, 2008 9:50 PM

Well, this ought to make for an interesting deal.

I refer to the Hummer H2 as a Chevy Suburban in military drag. Most of the bits of the H2 you can't see (frame, engine, transmission, axles, etc.) are derived from the Suburban, with some minor re-engineering to accommodate that grotesque body. In fact all of GM's large trucks (Sierra, Silverado) and SUVs (Tahoe, Yukon, Suburban, Escalade, Hummer H2) use the same platform with variations, e.g., rear leaf springs for the trucks, rear coil springs for the SUVs, and stretched to different lengths. I once counted 13 GM vehicles derived from this platform. While all auto makers do this to different degrees (Toyota Camry and Lexus ES, anyone?), only GM makes a fetish of it.

Similarly, the Hummer H3 is derived from the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon. The vehicle actually based on the military HMMWV, the H1, was discontinued a while ago.

This is not a good deal for the Russian; he'll still have to buy parts from Generous Motors to build the vehicles (or pay to completely re-engineer them). GM, on the other hand, unloads a bad property and gets a new parts customer at the same time.

BTW, I once read a claim by a GM engineer that a Hummer H2 had about 80% of the off-road capability of a military HMMWV. If so, we taxpayers paid the bill to develop and manufacture a special military vehicle when an off-the-rack Suburban would have been able to most of what the HMMWV does. I guess this kind of thing is hardly news anymore...

On the same topic, y'all might want to check out this photo sequence.

Posted by: ce on August 14, 2008 9:00 PM

Many thanks, ce. Absolutely great photo sequence. Check it out, everybody. I saw one of those Hummer barns from the interstate in Kentucky. God knows what it's turned into now. I feel sorry for the dealers. No, I'm lying. What I feel is schadenfreude.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on August 14, 2008 9:47 PM
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