|Sydney Morning Herald - Thursday 26 October, 2006
Is new Hummer a bummer?
By Elicia Murray
|Is new Hummer a bummer?
Big deal ... Holden's new Hummer.
They are certainly suited for a war zone and the only place they belong is Iraq where there is plenty of oil to run them
With high fuel prices and continuing controversy over four-wheel-drive vehicles, Holden introducing the new Hummer to Australia has already been branded "disgusting".
Modelled on the military monster favoured by stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, the midsize H3 Hummer will go on sale mid-2007.
The 3.7-litre five-cylinder vehicles will be built at the General Motors plant at Port Elizabeth in South Africa, says Holden.
But Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said the vehicles - favoured by the US army and gangsta rappers - were totally unsuitable for any urban environment.
"They are certainly suited for a war zone and the only place they belong is Iraq where there is plenty of oil to run them," Mr Scruby said.
"They're just extremely unsafe, they have a very high propensity to roll and people who buy them should not think that they are safe in them unless they get the armour-plated one. It's disgusting."
Holden's executive director of sales and marketing Alan Batey said the Hummer's pedigree was ideally suited to Australia's "diverse and challenging off-road environments".
"The H3 is designed to deal with extreme conditions which local off-roaders enjoy and seek out.
"Given the H3's midsize proportions, which are comparable to popular medium and large SUVs in Australia, it is equally at home on city and suburban roads."
Holden is yet to conduct fuel efficiency testing for the Hummer in Australia but said those tests would be carried out before the vehicle's launch.
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