Hummer Up For Sale, Four Truck Plants Gone?

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The times, they are a changin', and this week GM Chairman and Chieftain Rick Wagoner seems to have noticed. Wagoner announced a "strategic review of our Hummer brand," yesterday. Translation: "Anyone want to buy Hummer? Anyone? C'mon...cheap! Cerberus, I'm lookin' at you." Also included in the statement was news that four truck plants will be making the ultimate sacrifice: Moraine, Ohio; Janesville, Wisconsin; Toluca, Mexico; and Oshawa, Ontario.

The news isn't all doom and gloom, however: Third shifts are coming to the Lake Orion plant that builds G6 and Malibu and to the Lordstown plant spewing Cobalt and G5. In other words, big vehicles out, little econoboxes in. Next up: Chrysler announces new Lean Burn 300C.

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Just kill it off. I haven't met a single person driving one that I didn't think was a complete asshat, never seen one being used anywhere close to its mission or capacity. They buy the damn thing for its appearance alone. Never tow anything, never more than two people in the car (and they're just driving it around to the front of the Simoniz place), driving like there's no tomorrow. They want Hummers? Screw that, they can blow each other.