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The Chinese to buy HUMMER

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After several months of struggling to find a suitable buyer, China’s Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. has stepped up to the plate as the imminent buyer of GM`s HUMMER division. This Chinese company is virtually unknown to the Western world, so you’re not the only one that hasn’t heard of the name.

“The HUMMER brand is synonymous with adventure, freedom and exhilaration, and we plan to continue that heritage by investing in the business, allowing HUMMER to innovate and grow in exciting new ways under the leadership and continuity of its current management team,” said Yang Yi, CEO of Tengzhong. “We will be investing in the HUMMER brand and its research and development capabilities, which will allow HUMMER to better meet demand for new products such as more fuel-efficient vehicles in the U.S.”

As for GM’s reaction: “With Tengzhong’s investment and strong support, we will be able to make our visions a reality. This transaction, if successful, will secure more than 3,000 U.S. jobs, and allow us to embark on a more aggressive global expansion, ensuring a successful future with our new partners,” said James Taylor, HUMMER`s chief.

GM said that the sale is expected to close by the end of third quarter of 2009. When it does occur, the struggling automaker will be one step closer to completing its restructuring and becoming a leaner, more competitive company. Equally important is the fact that more than 3,000 U.S. jobs will be saved as a result of HUMMER not going under.

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You Can Order Domino’s Pizza Using Your Chevrolet

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Family Car, White

Don’t have 60 seconds to phone in a pizza order? This is for you.

General Motors has updated the infotainment systems on Chevrolet vehicles with a new Domino’s pizza ordering tool.

As part of the American automaker’s growing in-car Marketplace ecosystem, the app lets drivers place orders for carryout or home delivery using the in-vehicle touchscreen interface and Chevrolet Marketplace portal.

It would be too distracting and downright unsafe if the system let you configure an entire pizza from scratch, so you are limited to just saved and recent orders.

General Motors has been steadily growing Marketplace since its launch in 2017. In April 2018, Chevrolet partnered with Shell to allow in-car gas purchases, sparing you the trouble of using the gas pump’s magnetic reader and being the victim of credit card skimming. In November of the same year, Buick added Yelp compatibility to its infotainment system, allowing you to make restaurant reservations on the go.

The new Domino’s app works with any 2017 model year or newer Chevrolet vehicle that runs Marketplace.

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Hummer Is Coming Back As An Electric SUV Brand?

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Hummer HX Concept

The dead brand could be resucitated back to life as an off-road electric SUV brand.

General Motors killed off the Hummer brand back in 2010, but it is reportedly planning to dig it out of the grave for a new line of luxury off-road SUVs. Just don’t expect a bunch of large gas-guzzling landyatchs like before.

According to Bloomberg, Hummer may be revived as an all-electric SUV brand, with General Motors possibly pitting it against other popular off-road SUVs, mainly the Jeep Wrangler.

Hummer going fully electric would also give GM a rival to electric car startup Rivian, which has been garnering a lot of attention lately due to big investments from both Amazon and Ford. In fact, the American automaker wanted to form a partnership with the electric car startup, but negotiations fell through.

Before GM killed off Hummer, it revealed the HX Concept (pictured) as an obvious Jeep Wrangler rival. The model had a smaller footprint than the H2 and H3.

It’s not known when exactly the brand will return, but a few Hummer concepts are supposedly already under development.

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Check Out Michelin And General Motors’ New Airless Tire

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Michelin GM Airless Tire

Putting air in your tires or having a flat tire may soon be a thing of the past.

Michelin and General Motors have unveiled a new airless tire called the Uptis Prototype.

Uptis stands for “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System,” a fitting name seeing as the tire reduces the risk of a flat or blowout.

More than that, airless tires also last longer by eliminating irregular wear caused by over- or under-inflation and reduce the use of raw materials that are used to create new tires, since there will be less need for replacement tires.

Michelin GM Airless Tire, Chevy Bolt

The two companies will further develop the technology in hopes of commercialization it for passenger vehicles by 2024, and GM in particular plans to deploy the Uptis wheels on a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs, allowing the technology to be tested in real-world conditions.

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