I was having lunch with a coupe of fellow hacks the other day, when one said, "Have you noticed that you don't see any Hummer H2s any more?"
It immediately dawned on me that he was right. Despite its reputaiton as a left-wing bastion where everyone has their arms firmly around a tree, Los Angeles used to be Hummer H2 central. (Angelenos may love their environment, but they love their status symbols even more.) And yet, I suddenly realized that I couldn't remember the last time I'd seen a Hummer. Oh wait, yes I could -- I saw a Hummer H1 with a For Sale sign in Beverly Hills. Other than that, it seems the Hummers have done a rapid exit, stage left, even. How did that happen? How did so many drivers hide something so big, so quickly?
With talk that GM may try to sell Hummer, it's possible we're going to see a lot less H2s on the road. That said, if MINI can develop an SUV, I don't see why Hummer can't develop a subcompact. Why not just rebadge and reskin the Chevy Aveo and call it the Hummer H½?
As always, I'd like to hear your take on the Hummer deal. Have you been seeing fewer Hummers on the road? Can Hummer survive in a world of $4/gallon gas? If gas prices were to drop, would Hummer thrive again? Click the "comments" link below and have your say. -- Aaron Gold
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