The Hummer… going — going — gone
When I see a Hummer driving down the street in Austin I wonder why the owner chose to buy it. Obviously, it wasn’t:
1. a financial decision – a base model 2010 H3 will set you back $42,000 and at 10 mpg it will cost you about 28 cents per mile to drive it around town
2. the towing capacity – with a 3,000 pound towing capacity, my truck could kick that H3’s butt.
3. the easy parking downtown – the H3 will use two spots in the free lot at 11th and San Jacinto for a Saturday night downtown on 6th street.
I suppose that it’s the symbol of the H3 – the strength, size, or distinctness of the Hummer look – that made people look at these vehicles and want to snatch them up. Last year , the markets frowned on the Hummer with a 67% drop in sales. Looks like Hummer (and its ~4.5 tonnes per year carbon footprint) is on its way out. I’m excited that the market has shifted toward fuel efficient cars that use our natural resources more responsibly.