Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 53442
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2009/10/9-21 [Transportation/Car/RoadHogs] UID:53442 Activity:nil
10/9    "Iconic Hummer brand sold to Chinese manufacturer - Yahoo! Finance"
        http://www.csua.org/u/p9c
        Now the Chinese has blueprint of the workhorse vehicle of our military.
        \_ You know what?  It's a stupid workhorse.  We shouldn't be
           using hummers for strikes anyway
           going
           \_ I heard what's good about the HMMWV is that it's highly
              configurable, and perhaps only the Unimog is better in this
              regard.  To me, it doesn't even have a level front hood that can
              be used as a table, which was a requirement for the MJ's.
              \_ Mind you, milspec Hummers are great for breaking up kidney
                 stones. Those shock absorbers? Definitely an after-market
                 add-on.
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ap Iconic Hummer brand sold to Chinese manufacturer Hummer, symbol of America's love of big, is now in hands of Chinese heavy equipment maker * By Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer * On 10:06 pm EDT, Friday October 9, 2009 * (Submit) Buzz up! Motors Liquidation Company DETROIT (AP) -- Hummer, the off-road vehicle that once epitomized America's love for hulking trucks, is now in the hands of a Chinese heavy equipment maker. AP - FILE - In this June 2, 2009 file photo, a Hummer H2 vehicle is seen for sale at ... AP - FILE - In this June 2, 2009 file photo, a Hummer H2 vehicle is seen for sale at ... pk","k" : "c10,l10,p20,t10","o" : "","j" : ""} General Motors Co. finally signed the much-anticipated deal for GM to sell the brand on Friday. Tengzhong will get an 80 percent stake in the company, while Hong Kong investor Suolang Duoji, who indirectly owns a big stake in Tengzhong through an investment company, will get 20 percent. The investors will also get Hummer's nationwide dealer network. 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