The Hummer H1 is a four-wheel-drive utility vehicle based on the M998 Humvee, which was developed by AM General when it was a subsidiary of American Motors Corporation (AMC).[2] Originally designed strictly for military use, the off-road vehicle was released to the civilian market.

Hummer H1
Hummer H1 Open Top
ManufacturerAM General
Also calledHummer HMC (1992–2002) HUMMW (HUMMVee)
Production1992–2006 (11,818 produced)
Model years1992–2004
AssemblyMishawaka, Indiana, U.S.
Body and chassis
ClassLarge truck/SUV
Body style4-door Open Top - HMCO
4-door SUV - HMCS
4-door Hard Top - HMC4
2-door Fleet - KSC2
2-door Pickup - XLC2
LayoutFront-mid engine, four-wheel drive
RelatedHumvee military vehicle
Engine5.7 L L05 V8
6.2 L Detroit Diesel V8
6.5 L Detroit Diesel V8
6.5 L turbo Detroit Diesel V8
6.6 L turbo Duramax Diesel V8
TransmissionGM TH400/3L80 3-speed automatic
GM 4L80-E 4-speed automatic
Allison 1000 5-speed automatic
Wheelbase130 in (3,302 mm)
Length184.5 in (4,686 mm)[1]
Width86.5 in (2,197 mm)
Height77 in (1,956 mm)
2004–06: 79 in (2,007 mm)
Pre-2003 Wagon: 75 in (1,905 mm)
SuccessorHummer H2

The civilian version was produced from 1992 through 2006 and was the first of what became the Hummer line.[3] AM General built both the H1 and the Humvee in its Mishawaka, Indiana, facility. GM stopped marketing the H1 in the 2006 model year, but AM General continued production of the military Humvee versions through 2018.[4]

History edit

In 1983, AM General Corporation was awarded a production contract for 55,000 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV).[5] Nicknamed the Humvee, the vehicles were used by the U.S. military and featured in photographs from the Persian Gulf War during the early 1990s.[5] The vehicle was also promoted by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. After the Gulf War was over, AM General modified the M998 Humvee military version for the civilian marketplace powered by 6.2 L GM Diesel V8 engine.[6] The civilian version of the Humvee, marketed as the Hummer, went on sale in 1992.[5][7]

Under a 1999 deal, General Motors bought marketing rights to the Hummer name, began marketing Hummer-branded vehicles designed by GM, and rebadged the original version built by AM General as the Hummer H1.[8] At the time, GM began marketing the Hummer H2 that was also assembled by AM General on a modified GMC Sierra 2500HD chassis.

General Motors announced that 2006 would be the last model year for the Hummer H1, with civilian market production winding down in June 2006 due to new emission regulations for diesel-engined vehicles that were to take effect in 2007. The final 2006 models had the most powerful engine and also improved fuel efficiency—about 10 mpg‑US (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg‑imp).[9]

AM General continued the production of military Humvee versions until 2018.

Specifications edit

The Hummer H1 was available in three major variants: a convertible-like soft top, a four-door hard top Sport Utility Truck, and an "Alpha Wagon" body version. Less known variants were a two-door pickup truck and a four-door slantback, which shares the same body style as the Humvee employed by the U.S. Military. The convertible/soft top and the station SUV versions were the last types available to individual consumers.

There were five engine types and three automatic transmission types available. Typical engine/automatic transmission combinations included:

The Hummer H1 shares some common driveline parts with the HMMWV. These include brakes, axles, frame, and major body panels (hood, tailgate, and quarter panels) are shared between the HMMWV and Hummer H1. All H1s and HMMWVs were produced on the same assembly line; of which the civilian H1s were painted and finished in a separate building.

The H1 models feature a wide track. They can ford 30 inches (76 cm) of water and climb a 22-inch (56 cm) step. Stock ground clearance of 16 inches (41 cm) is due to the driveline components inside a channel in the wide central space between the left and right seats. Approach/departure angles are 72/37.5 degrees. A Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) controls the tire air pressure allowing lower tire pressures for off-road and higher tire pressures on-road.[10]

Other features include inboard brakes and portal gears to position drivetrain's half shafts higher for greater ground clearance. The radiator is mounted high, sloping over the engine on a forward-hinged hood. The air intake is high, enabling the H1 to ford waist-level water. Options included magnesium-aluminum alloy or rubber inserts for run-flat tire ability.[11] Other options include leather seats, a winch kit, and running boards.[11]

2006 H1 Alpha edit

Hummer H1 Enclosed

The "Alpha" was a re-engineered H1 equipped with GM's 6.6 L Duramax Diesel and 5-speed Allison transmission. This replaced the previous GM 6.2 L diesel engine.

The update program commenced in late 2002 with a production launch in the fall of 2004. To fit into the H1 engine bay, 23 engine component changes were incorporated as well as a 2.0 in (51 mm) body lift to accommodate the taller engine and its turbo housing (a prior 0.5 in (13 mm) lift had been done for MY96 to accommodate the turbo on the 6.5 L engine). The 8th digit of the VIN is 3, setting this version of the 6.6L Duramax apart from the versions used in pickup trucks.[12] The GMT560 engine output was 300 hp (220 kW) and 520 lb⋅ft (705 N⋅m) of torque. The engine was equipped with cooled exhaust gas recirculation and an internal engine oil cooler, thus, requiring a 40% heat rejection increase to engine coolant. Because space was limited between the air-lift brackets that protrude from the hood, the fan system was modified by putting it directly under the cool pack and driving it through a special gearbox directly off the crankshaft damper pulley. Several other cooling system modifications were required to assist with cold starting from −30 °F (−34 °C).

Other major modifications included the use of special high-strength steel in the chassis frame, a more powerful steering gear; quieter axle differentials, redesign of the geared hubs to use quieter helical gears, new induction, exhaust, and electrical power systems; and re-engineering of the fuel supply and filtration system.

The Duramax engine delivered more torque at lower engine speeds than the 6.5 L, combined with a lower gearing ratio (about 44.5 to 1 in the low lock) made the vehicle more powerful. Other changes included centralized tire inflation and a new interior.

Production launch was early in 2005 and continued until production ceased in mid-2006. All vehicles built during this time are classified as model year 2006 - the 10th digit in VIN is a 6.

The program was canceled on May 12, 2006, because GM decided to withdraw technical and financial support for future engineering and recertification.

Hummer H1 X3 edit


The Hummer brand edit

On June 2, 2009, General Motors attempted a sale of its Hummer brand to a Chinese company, Tengzhong, as part of its bankruptcy settlement. GM stated at the time that it hoped the sale would save about 3,000 jobs in the US.

On February 24, 2010, General Motors announced that the company was shutting down its Hummer brand due to Tengzhong withdrawing its bid. Tengzhong stated that the bid was withdrawn due to a failure to get approval from the Chinese government.[13]

On January 30, 2020, General Motors announced the revival of the Hummer nameplate, which would be used as a new electric off-road vehicle within its GMC brand. The new vehicle, now known as the GMC Hummer EV, will have two variants, an SUV and a truck ("SUT").[14]

Production edit

Model year Production
1992 316
1993 612
1994 718
1995 1,432
1996 1,374
1997 1,209
1998 945
1999 831
2000 1,333
2001 869
2002 704
2003 494
2004 252
2005 0
2006 729
Grand total 11,818

While there was no 2005 model year Hummer H1, the 2006 model year H1 Alphas were manufactured in both 2005 and 2006. A total of 448 H1 Alphas were produced from January through May 2005, and 281 H1 Alphas were produced from September 2005 through May 2006, when the production for the Hummer H1 officially ended.

in 2017, VLF Automotive was contracted to build about 100 H1s from kits supplied by AM General.[15] Called the Humvee C-Series, these will be exported to Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and China.[15]

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ "1999 Hummer H1 Brochure". pp. 18–19. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  2. ^ Valdes-Dapena, Peter. "Jeep gets back in uniform - Hummer: Born from Jeeps (6)". Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  3. ^ O'Neill, Chris (29 August 2018). "Here Are the Detailed Civilian Hummer H1 Production Figures You've Always Wanted". Autotrader. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  4. ^ Appel, Tom (10 April 2019). "Review Flashback: 2001 Hummer H1". The Daily Drive by Consumer Guide. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "This day in History - 1983 March 22 - The origins of the Hummer". Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  6. ^ Petrány, Máté (12 October 2020). "The 1993 Hummer H1 Was Really an Expensive Heap Completely Unsuited for Civilian Life". The Drive. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  7. ^ Strohl, Daniel (2 February 2020). "A universe all its own: How AM General sold the first civilian Hummer". Hemmings. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  8. ^ "GM to discontinue original Hummer H1 model". NBC News. Associated Press. May 12, 2006. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "Big, militaristic Hummer H1 on its way out". USAToday. Associated Press. May 14, 2006. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Hummer H1 Review". Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  11. ^ a b "1999 Hummer brochure index page". Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Hummer H1 For Sale". Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  13. ^ Bunkley, Nick (24 February 2010). "G.M. to Close Hummer After Sale Fails". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  14. ^ Paukert, Chris. "Hummer's electrifying return teased in GMC Super Bowl trailer". Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  15. ^ a b Szymkowski, Sean (9 May 2017). "VLF Is Now Building And Selling The Hummer H1 To China". Retrieved 24 December 2022.

External links edit