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The Hummer is going Chinese

  1. Jun 2, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Talk about a sign of the times!

    http://www.maximumedge.com/cgi/news/article.cgi/20090602/D98IMIQ00
     
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    Now Hummers will be made from old refrigerators, stoves, and smashed cars. Well, at least it's recycling!
     
  4. Jun 2, 2009 #3
    Of course it recycling. Is there a downside to that?
     
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  6. Jun 2, 2009 #5

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    The followup discussion was that they will likely continue to be produced in the US due to the strong national identity associated with the pig... I mean vehicle.

    What do you think is the number one car to buy in China as a status symbol?

    A Buick!
     
  7. Jun 2, 2009 #6
    Quality of the steel. For example, most hydraulic fittings you get nowadays are made in China and the pressure ratings had to be reduced because of the inferior quality of the steel used. I would assume that is because of the recycling process they use.
     
  8. Jun 2, 2009 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    Disclaimer prediction:

    :biggrin:
     
  9. Jun 2, 2009 #8

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    And Land Rover was sold to the Indians. Looks like the next war is going to have to be somewhere with freeways.
     
  10. Jun 2, 2009 #9

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    And plenty of gasoline.
     
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    along with Jaguar in 2008. But it's too early to tell what the next models will be like.
     
  12. Jun 3, 2009 #11
    The times they are a changing.

    In 05 so many people were opposed to China buying Maytag that China opted out.
     
  13. Jun 3, 2009 #12

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    So they didn't gain a lead in strategic laundry technology!

    Ironically 'zanussi' is one of the most popular brands in the UK because almost everybody believes they are Japanese. In surveys nobody would buy the same machine when they were told they were Italian.
     
  14. Jun 3, 2009 #13

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    Possibly, although the Hummer is strictly speaking not really a "civilian version" of a military vehicle. It is true that it is based on the Humvee; but the HMMWV is not even manufactured by GM (it is made by a defence contractor, GM just licensed the design).

    I.e the Chinese company is NOT taking over the factories that are manufacturing the Humvee; nor will they have access to any classified technology used in the Humvee.
     
  15. Jun 3, 2009 #14

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    Yes but why spoil a fun story?

    But they will gain vital knowledge of how to fit cup-holders, shiny aluminium wheels, and other bling.
     
  16. Jun 3, 2009 #15

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    And subcontractors will eventually start substituting lead on the US version until the wheels fall apart.
     
  17. Jun 3, 2009 #16

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    You mean that there is actually something in a Hummer that's Classified, other than how to use as much gas as possible to go as short a trip as possible?
     
  18. Jun 3, 2009 #17

    f95toli

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    Not in a Hummer, but possibly in the Humvee:smile:
     
  19. Jun 3, 2009 #18

    Ivan Seeking

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    Here we go. As per the previous reference:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12801549/

    Just what the world needs - 10 or 20 million more Buicks!
     
  20. Jun 3, 2009 #19

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    I think the military version is a hybrid - so it must be green ;-)
     
  21. Jun 5, 2009 #20

    Ivan Seeking

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    Another casualty

    http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2009/06/01/daily67.html

    I was a Crew Cut Wax guy myself
     
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