The Hummer H2 is classified as an SUV as well as an SUT and is marketed by Generals Motors under the Hummer brand name. While this vehicle is large, it is still slimmer than the Hummer H1 with a longer and taller design which can fit up to six passengers, including the driver; some models can even seat up to seven. The very back of this vehicle was modified to a pickup truck bed for the 2005 H2 SUT or Sport Utility Truck, and is one of the only ones to bear the “HUMMER” name between the grille. The SUT version of this vehicle is a pickup truck because of its ability to haul cargo using an extendable box which can reach up to six feet in length.
The H2 was initially built under contract by AM General at a plant in Mishawka, Indiana, USA, which was built specifically for constructing this vehicle. This pickup’s final frame assembly is compromised of three different sections, including the front, which uses a modified GM 2500-Series utility frame, the midsection which is completely new, and the rear which uses a modified GM 1500-Series frame. This frame was eventually upgraded for the vehicle’s total weight of 8,600 pounds.
Over the years the Hummer H2 has won a number of awards for its innovative design, including North American Truck of the Year in 2003. Hummer launched a special version of this vehicle called the Black Chrome Limited Edition in 2009 and Rod Hall racing have won their class numerous times in both Hummer H3 and H2 in the Baja 100. The H2 uses a light duty truck frame and has a track firm that is slightly wider than average, offering significant stability against overturning, especially when compared to many other similar vehicles on the market. While no formal tests have been performed by the government on this vehicle as of yet, it is still considered to have a very stable and safe overall design.
This vehicle was marketed as a general purpose vehicle as well as an off-road vehicle, and it was General Motor’s objective to mass marketed the H2 as an off-road vehicle because of its overall design as such. Another objective of GM’s when marketing the H2 was to maximize sales as much as possible. The H2 is used mainly as a passenger vehicle on traditional roads though, and it was even used as the base for a limousine version, along with the Ford Excursion.
Because of the vehicle’s GVWR, GM is not required to provide official H2 economy ratings for it. There are numerous tax benefits associated with the H2, because of the United States law that the cost of vehicles over 6,000 pounds can be deducted from specific forms of income. This deduction was initiated a number of years go to help those who were self-employed and wanted to purchase a new vehicle for their business. The weight minimum for this law was intended to limit the deduction to commercial-type trucks. The deduction amount stayed below the average cost of a new vehicle for a while, primarily because large trucks were fairly expensive to purchase.
The average price under this tax law was pushed in the late 1990s and early 2000s due to the overwhelming popularity of these commercial vehicles though. The Hummer is widely regarded as being one of the most popular SUVs/SUTs on the market today and has experienced a great deal of success since it initially launched. And while the Hummer has taken flack for its less than eco-friendly design, it still remains a very popular choice among consumers.