The H2 is built under contract by AM General at a specially constructed plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA. 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 8,600 pounds (3,900 kg) gross vehicle weight.
The H2 was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2003. Hummer launched a special 2009 Black Chrome Limited Edition version of the truck. H2 production at the Mishawaka plant was suspended in January 2009.
Both the H2 SUV and SUT are being discontinued after the 2010 model year as GM is winding down the entire Hummer brand. Unlike the other full-size GM trucks and SUVs, the H2 remained on the GMT800 platform after 2007, but was given an interior facelift similar to the likings of the new-for-2007 GMT900 SUVs.
The H2 has a light duty 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.
General Motors is not required to provide official H2 fuel economy ratings due to the vehicle’s GVWR.
|Motortrend||12 mpg-US (20 L/100 km; 14 mpg-imp)|
|Car and Driver||10 mpg-US (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg-imp)|
|about.com||8.6 mpg-US (27 L/100 km; 10.3 mpg-imp)|
|Edmunds||9.2 mpg-US (26 L/100 km; 11.0 mpg-imp)|
|Four Wheeler||10.8 mpg-US (21.8 L/100 km; 13.0 mpg-imp)|
Motortrend observed 12 mpg. Car and Driver observed 10 mpg-US (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg-imp). A reviewer at about.com got 8.6 mpg-US (27 L/100 km; 10.3 mpg-imp). Edmunds got 9.2 mpg-US (26 L/100 km; 11.0 mpg-imp). Four Wheeler magazine observed 10.8 mpg-US (21.8 L/100 km; 13.0 mpg-imp) in their final long term report of an H2 SUT (pickup). Their worst tank was 7.2 mpg-US (33 L/100 km; 8.6 mpg-imp) and best tank was 15.3 mpg-US (15.4 L/100 km; 18.4 mpg-imp). Consumer Guide observed 10.7 mpg-US (22.0 L/100 km; 12.9 mpg-imp), even with mostly highway driving. Automobile Magazine averaged less than 10 mpg-US (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg-imp). US News observed 9.5 mpg-US (25 L/100 km; 11.4 mpg-imp) according to its trip computer. Cars.com observed 11.4 mpg-US (20.6 L/100 km; 13.7 mpg-imp) according to its trip computer in mostly highway driving. Most vehicles (between 90% and 98%) consume less fuel 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 in the United States
Under the United States income tax code, the cost of vehicles over 6,000 pounds (2,700 kg) 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 6,000 lb (2,700 kg) and 14,000 lb (6,400 kg).
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.
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.
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
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