Saturday, November 14, 2009

GM restarts production of the 2010 Hummer H3 SUV

General Motors Co. has begun production at its Shreveport, La. facility for the 2010 Hummer H3 SUV and H3T pickup intended for the US market. Hummer spokesman Nick Richards said that the current inventory is “very low” for the best-selling vehicle in Hummer’s small lineup.

As of Nov. 1, Hummer had 1,138 vehicles on the ground in the US, according to the Automotive News Data Center. John Sutliff, president of Sutliff Cadillac, Hummer and Saab in Mechanicsburg, Pa., said that dealers and customers are “hungry for Hummer product.”

He has two 2009 H3s, six H3Ts and no H2 SUVs or 2010 models, representing less than a 30-day supply. Richards confirmed that the 2010 H3s are expected to start arriving at dealerships by early December. He explains however that the holdup on production “wasn’t our decision.”

He asserted that the delay was a result of “everything going on around,” in particular, GM’s sale of Hummer to China’s Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co.