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Is GM bringing Hummer back?

Rumor has it that General Motors is reviving the Hummer nameplate.

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The electric pickup truck wars appear to be getting reinforcements. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that General Motors will revive the Hummer name and use it to launch new, all-electric pickup truck and SUV models under the GMC brand in 2022.

When AutomotiveMap reached out to GMC for comment, however, a spokesperson said, "The WSJ story is speculation and we don't have anything to confirm or comment on."

Hummer GM All-Car Showdown A Hummer is driven at the Annual Rollin' 24 Deep: GM All-Car Showdown held at Paramount Pictures on July 12, 2005 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Getty Images

Early in 2019, it appeared GM would be moving into this space with help from EV startup, Rivian. That deal fell through in February, however, and Rivian subsequently formed a partnership with GM's crosstown rival Ford. Ford is moving forward with an electric F-150 and Tesla reportedly received over 200,000 deposits for its Cybertruck just days after its unveiling. So it's no surprise that GM would build an electric pickup truck. What is surprising is the use of the Hummer name.

In the early 2000s, Hummer was the darling GM, selling over 250,000 high-priced, high-margin SUVs from 2002 through 2007. But, when gas prices spiked and the housing bubble burst sending the stock market tumbling, Hummer's sales followed suit. Just two years later GM sold fewer than 4,000 Hummers and pulled the plug on the brand.

The original Hummer H1 was a civilian version of the military-spec M998 Humvee, produced by AM General. Its very first customer was Arnold Schwartzenegger, who purchased two. GM expanded the line to include the H2, a full-size SUV built on its heavy-duty truck platform, and H3, basically a re-skinned and re-badged Chevy Tahoe.

H3T Hummer Truck A Hummer H3T truck is displayed prior to the start of the 2004 Greater LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center December 30, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Getty Images

Rumors of a new Hummer have been around since 2018, but only gained traction in November of 2019 after the GM/UAW strike ended. In the settlement GM committed to keeping its Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant open to build electric trucks for Cadillac, Chevy, GMC, and a mysterious "M-brand."

If ever there were a time to bring back the Hummer re-imagined as a high-end electric vehicle, this is it. Sales of luxury SUVs and trucks are at an all-time high as premium manufacturers flock to the segment. You can now get highly capable, high dollar SUVs BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Lexus, and even Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Mainstream manufacturers like Jeep, Hyundai, Ford, and Ram are expanding the availability of luxury features like heated and ventilated leather seats with contrast stitching, premium audio systems, and digital cockpits into their pickup trucks and SUVs.

Some have questioned the wisdom of reviving a name that is known for gas-guzzling as a brand for an electric truck. In an editorial just last week, Detroit Free Press auto critic, Mark Phelan wrote, "Not to put too fine a point on it, but a lot of people hate Hummer. Particularly the educated, wealthy, early adopters GM would want to attract with a line of electric luxury SUVs."

Will GM revive the Hummer? If the Wall Street Journal is correct, we'll know for sure on Super Bowl Sunday. They're reporting that LeBron James will star in a commercial for the Hummer during the big game. AutomotiveMap be keeping our eyes on this one and have more news on the new all-electric Hummer as it develops.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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Famed puzzle maker Ravesburger has created a new Lamborghini-themed 3D puzzle.

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The Lamborghini Huracán EVO is the most successful V10-powered Lamborghini ever. Now, the supercar is getting the Ravensburger 3D puzzle treatment. The 3D jigsaw puzzle faithfully replicates the Huracán EVO V10 car in a 1:18 scale.

The puzzle is mounted to a replica chassis. Lamborghini fans will be able to pick out the car's signature Y-style front bumper and Y-shaped embedded in the headlights. It also has the hexagonal details of the traditionally sized Lambo and wears a Arancio Xanto orange paint job. The low-slug profile of the puzzle gives it volume though it measures just 26 cm in length.

Ravensburger Lamborghini Huracán EVO 3D puzzle

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Ravensburger is making the puzzle available with 32 high-quality feature accessories, such as the axles and four rotating wheels that faithfully replicate the Aesir rims found on the real car, along with front splitter and rear diffuser.

The puzzle contains 108 numbered pieces.

Ravesnburger recommends that the puzzle is best for adults and children ages 8 and older. It is sold in Europe for €34.99. In the U.S., a Lamborghini Huracán EVO goes for upwards of $208,000.

Earlier this year, Lamborghini bounced that it had pattered with Lego to create the Lego Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. That model includes a V12 engine; a moveable rear spoiler; front and rear suspension; and steering powered by a wheel complete with the Automobili Lamborghini badge. There's also scissor doors, which open to reveal the intricately recreated cockpit, with a fully-functioning eight-speed sequential gearbox controlled by a movable paddle gearshift.

Lego also sells LEGO Technic versions of the 2020 Land Rover Defender and Nissan GT-R. Additionally, LEGO recently started selling a replica of Dom's Chargerfrom the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Additionally, a Ducati motorcycle model was recently sold by the company.

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