Revealed - HUMMER HX Concept (Upcoming H4)

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  1. TriShield

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    Three Young Designers Shape Future Of HUMMER Through HX Concept

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    DETROIT – Scheduled for introduction at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the HUMMER HX concept reflects the innovative minds of three new GM designers - David Rojas, Min Young Kang and Robert Jablonski - whose first assignment was to provide a vision for the future design of off-road vehicles.

    Fresh out of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich., the designers' first test in GM was to design a fun, nimble and innovative HUMMER concept.

    "HUMMER appeals to young people globally and served as a perfect first assignment for our newest talent," said Ed Welburn, vice president of global design and product planning. "Today's graduates from top design schools are ready to hit the ground running. The HUMMER design challenge gave our newest designers an opportunity to sprint."

    The task presented numerous challenges to the new designers, from creating a vehicle for a brand known around the globe for its iconic design, to ensuring the model would live up to the market's expectation of HUMMER off-road capability.

    To help ensure designs were true to the HUMMER brand, these designers were given limited design direction by Carl Zipfel, an ex-professional motocross racer and director of the HUMMER design studio.

    "Carl definitely set the tone," said Rojas. "While he gave us creative liberty and challenged us to develop innovative ideas, he also defined three HUMMER proportions – wheelbase, approach and departure angles, and stance – and assigned one to each of us. It gave us a chance to collaborate, but also take our own direction."

    While sketching and sculpting together in the HUMMER studio, these recent graduates drew upon the creative energy of each other, further improving their individual designs, as well as that of the final concept.

    "We drew inspiration from one another," said Kang. "As you're designing and sketching you try to absorb what the other designer is doing and try to make it better."

    David, Min Young and Robert's collaboration inspired the HUMMER HX concept, which presents extraordinary efficiency without sacrificing the unique essence of the HUMMER brand, the world's most capable off-road vehicles.

    "While we took inspiration from the HUMMER heritage and DNA, we each wanted to evolve it in a new way," said Jablonski. "We agreed it should be contemporary, compact and definitely open air. It came out great."

    After three months of sketching and sculpting theme work for the new HUMMER concept, each designer had the opportunity to present scale clay models to Bob Lutz, GM vice chairman and Ed Welburn, who chose which design would ultimately become the HX concept.

    In its final concept form, the E-85 FlexFuel capable HUMMER HX embodies the off road spirit of HUMMER in a fully customizable package. The HX offers an open-air driving experience via a pair of removable roof panels above the driver and front passenger and a modular, removable rear roof assembly enabling a quick conversion from closed vehicle to open vehicle SUT. It also features a slant back assembly with removable doors and fender flairs.

    "Working as a team, you realize it's more than one person influencing the vehicle," said Rojas. "You can see the inspiration from each of our designs in the final concept vehicle. We're all proud to have the chance to see our sketches become reality."
     
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    except for the crappy blue, no... not in any other way.
     
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    not rly.





    That hummer has the traditional hummer style elements. Any angles that seem "similar" are not fj-specific, and were on the hummer, first.
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    I think it looks like an FJ too... the wide ass pillar is one reason.

    Either way, not a hummer fan.
     
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    that blue concept looks like they took an fj and modified and slapped on a hummer decal.
     
  6. bubbaZR2

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    It better not be another IFS pile of crap
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    dont worry, it will be.

    when was the last time GM put an SFA on anything?
     
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    yet IFS proved fine. H1, anyone?
     
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    Hell yeah! Very first picture looks like an FJ. Second picture looks retarded, and not like an FJ.

    I can see the bigwigs at GM mulling over sliding Hummer sales, going "Hell, if you can't beat em (FJ) join em!" :rofl:

    Fuckin HJ:coolugh:
     
  10. deusexaethera

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    What a complete waste of R&D. Plastic skids? Come on. Build a real truck, like the H1 was, and sell it unchanged for 20 years, like the H1 was. If someone's going to buy a Hummer, they should buy a fucking Hummer, not a rebadged Denali or whatever that is.

    Consumer-level crap.
     
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    h1 didn't exactly sell in volumes.
     
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    It's Hummer. It's supposed to be a niche product, kinda like how Ferrari is supposed to be a niche product. If people want a cheap, consumer-level SUV, they can buy one of GM's 11ty billion other trucks. Hummer should stay a respectable brand.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, I do like the Paris/Dakar rally look in the second sketch, but that's not a Hummer and it shouldn't be called one. (Of course, my parents used to work for TACOM in Michigan, so I might be biased as to what I expect.)
     
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    Get me a mini version of H1 Hummer with 4.6L diesel version and I will buy
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    BTW, that's prerunner suspension, not rally suspension. Bypass and C/O on each corner would be badass
     
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    Unfortunately I have no idea what that distinction means.
     
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    C/O=coilover shock. Bypass.... yea, it's a bypass shocks.
    It'd be cool if it came with SAW shocks on all 4 corners
     
  17. pyehac

    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    Now just hope the people who'll buy this will take it off road.
     
  18. deusexaethera

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    Just to clarify, Pismo Beach DOES NOT COUNT.
     
  19. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Have you ever been to pismo beach? You're fucking retarded if sand dune running doesn't count.

    Funny, I just got back from there a few hours ago.
     
  20. deusexaethera

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    I've been there, yes. I was talking about the beach, not the dunes. If you run dunes, that's fine. If you just take the thing on the beach, that's lame.
     
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    the beach there can still be difficult enough to require 4wd. Deep sand = no traction.
     
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    You're talking about the parking lot bitch. :rofl:
     
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    I'd like to see his shitty VW get halfway down the beach.
     
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    It does not, however, require a Hummer.

    And no, my VW wouldn't make it down the beach. But I never once even implied that it could, did I? No, all I said was the Hummer brand name should be used on trucks that are designed for harder use -- and actually used for harder things -- than driving on wet sand.
     

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