Where Are Hummer Cars Built?

March 18, 2013

Two locations in the United States produce the Hummer (Hummer2 and Hummer3, designed for the civilian market.) These facilities are in Mishawaka, Indiana and Shreveport, Louisiana. General Motors has also produced the Hummer at plants in Port Elizabeth, East Cape, South Africa and Kaliningrad, Russia.

The Hummer is a relatively recent design. Impressed by the Jeep's success during World War II, American Motors purchased the Willys-Overland Jeep in 1953 and renamed it the Kaiser-Jeep Corporation; the company was later purchased by American Motors and renamed the Jeep Corporation. Pleased with the success of the Jeep, in 1971 the Government Products Division of American Motors created the LTV Corporation, a branch designed specifically to compete for United States Army contracts. LTV produced the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle, the HMMWV, or Humvee, for use by the military as a light utility vehicle. The Humvee distinguished itself during the 1990s in Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War; this led to a five year contract of 55,000 vehicles per year. In 1983 American Motors produced a civilian version, the Hummer, which was then purchased in 1999 by General Motors. General Motors has owned the Hummer line since; however, in October, 2009 the purchase of Hummer by Tengzhong, a Chinese firm, was finalized. The contract mandates that the Hummer H2 and H3 plants in the United States continue to operate through 2011, with a one year option for 2012.

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