2008 Hummer H2

AM General Through the Years

AM General traces its roots to the Standard Wheel Company of Terre Haute, Indiana, which expanded in 1903 to include the Overland Automotive Division. In 1908, John North Willys purchased the Overland company, then based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and renamed it Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. In the 1940s, Willys-Overland developed a vehicle to U.S. Army's requirements and later mass-produced "America's first four-wheel drive one-fourth-ton tactical utility truck"—the Jeep of World War II fame. In 1953, Kaiser Motors purchased Willys-Overland, and changed the name to Kaiser-Willys Motor Company. In 1963 the company's name changed again to Kaiser-Jeep Corporation. Defense and Government Products Division In 1964, Kaiser-Jeep purchased the Studebaker facilities in South Bend, Indiana, which included Studebaker's "General Products Division", along with its substantial defense contracts. At the time, Kaiser had been awarded a US$87 million Army truck contract, and under government pressure agreed to perform the work at the South Bend plant it had recently acquired from Studebaker.
American Motors
American Motors Corporation (AMC) purchased the Jeep Corporation from Kaiser in 1970 when Kaiser decided to leave the auto business. In 1971, AMC made the General Products Division of Jeep (producing military trucks, as well as contract and non-commercial vehicles) a wholly owned subsidiary and renamed it AM General Corporation. American Motors ended its history as an independent automaker in 1982 when controlling interest in the company was purchased by France's Renault. U.S. government regulations at that time forbade ownership of defense contractors by foreign governments, and Renault was partially owned by the French government.
LTV Corporation
In 1983, the LTV Corporation bought AM General from American Motors Corporation and established it as a wholly owned subsidiary of the LTV Aerospace and Defense Company. In 1984, the AM General headquarters moved from the American Motors AMTEK Building in Detroit, Michigan, to Livonia, Michigan, and two years later to South Bend, Indiana, where the primary manufacturing operations were located.
Renco Group
In 1992, LTV sold AM General to The Renco Group, Inc., who in 2002 converted it to a limited liability company.
HUMMER BRAND
In 1992 AM General began marketing the HUMVEE to the civilian market under the Hummer Brand. In 1999 they sold the rights to the Hummer brand to General Motors. It continued production of the original civilian Hummer (dubbed by GM as the H1) until June 2006 when it ceased production. AM General built a separate factory to build a new Hummer H2, designed by and marketed by General Motors. The vehicle went on the market in 2002, and was produced under contract to GM until January 2009. AM General did not build the Hummer H3, and the firm was not part of General Motors Corporation. GM was sued early in 2003 by DaimlerChrysler, owners of the Jeep brand, for the Hummer's seven slot grille which resembled the design DaimlerChrysler argued consumers associated with Jeep vehicles. The lawsuit was dismissed due to the past corporate history involving AMC and Jeep.
2004 - Present
On August 20, 2004, it was announced that Ronald Perelman's MacAndrews & Forbes company would form a joint venture with AM General's current owner, Renco Group, to give Perelman 70% ownership of AM General. The deal reportedly cost close to US$1 billion In 2008, AM General and the Vehicle Production Group (VPG), of Troy, Michigan, announced that contracts had been signed for AM General to begin producing purpose-built taxi-cabs, beginning in 2009. Actual production began in October 2011. The first vehicle off the line was presented to Marc Buoniconti, a former linebacker for The Citadel who was injured playing football in 1985. In May 2010, Azure Dynamics Corp. announced it had chosen AM General to assemble its electric drivetrain into Ford Transit Connect vehicles for the North American market. This product is being produced at AM General's facility in Livonia, Michigan. September 2013, AM General reached an agreement to purchase the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) secured loan to the Vehicle Production Group (VPG). Prior to this, AM General acted as sole vehicle assembler for VPG. As a result of this transaction, AM General created a wholly owned company, Mobility Ventures LLC, to operate the Mobility Vehicle-1 (MV-1) business and receive all VPG assets. In 2015, production of Mercedes-Benz R-Class began at the Mishawaka assembly plant. Without this deal, "the German automaker would likely have had to shut down production of the vehicle, currently only sold in China." Production ended in October 2017.

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Hummer HUMVEE

AM General HUMVEE
AM General HUMVEE
In 1992 AM General began marketing the HUMVEE to the civilian market under the Hummer Brand. In 1999 they sold the rights to the Hummer brand to General Motors. It continued production of the original civilian Hummer (dubbed by GM as the H1) until June 2006 when it ceased production

Hummer H1 (1992-2006)

1992 Hummer H1
1992 Hummer H1
Hummer H1
1999 Hummer H1
2006 Hummer H1
2006 Hummer H1
The first vehicle in the Hummer range was the Hummer H1, based on the Humvee. Originally released in 1992, this vehicle was designed by American Motors' AM General subsidiary for the U.S. Military. Five years previously, AMC had been bought by Chrysler.

Hummer H2 (2002-2009)

2002 Hummer H2
2002 Hummer H2
2008 Hummer H2
2008 Hummer H2
2009 Hummer H2
2009 Hummer H2
The Hummer H2 is a large SUV that was marketed by Hummer and built by AM General from 2002 to 2009 based on a modified GMT820 Chevrolet 2500 HD in front and 1500 frame in back. A common misconception was that it was based on a Tahoe frame. A four-door pickup truck version with a midgate that opens the vehicle's interior to the external cargo bed was introduced for 2005 as the "H2 SUT" (sport utility truck)

Hummer H3 (2005-2010)

2005 Hummer H3
2005 Hummer H3
2007 Hummer H3
2007 Hummer H3
2010 Hummer H3
2010 Hummer H3
The Hummer H3 is a sport utility vehicle/off-road vehicle from Hummer that was produced from 2005 to 2010 by General Motors. Unlike the larger H1 and H2 models, the H3 was not developed by AM General. It was introduced for the 2006 model year, based on a modified GMT355 that underpinned the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon compact pickup trucks

Jeep Dispatcher 100 (1963-1970)

Another familiar product from the AM General line was the Jeep DJ-5 series—a purpose built "Dispatch Jeep" 2-wheel drive (RWD) version of the Jeep CJ-5—used in huge numbers as a right-hand drive mail delivery vehicle by the United States Postal Service.

Mobility Ventures VGP (2011-2016

Mobility Ventures MV-5
Mobility Ventures MV-5
2011 VGP MV-1
2011 VGP MV-1
2016 VGP MV-1
2016 VGP MV-1
If you’re seeing this hulking rig for the first time in this article, you’re likely not aware that the MV-1 has been trickling into large urban cab fleets for about five years now. If you are aware of the MV-1, you likely consider it a blight on the landscape and a threat to vehicular design. Not that it matters much; the MV-1 was not built to look good.

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