GM to Put More Hum into Hummer
General Motors' Hummer brand will begin selling a midsize sport-utility vehicle in the first half of 2005 and is planning a high-performance series of vehicles called Alpha, according to an Associated Press report.
GM said a smaller SUV, called , will have a 3.5-liter, five-cylinder engine and offer the choice of a manual or automatic transmission. It also will have an electronically controlled four-wheel drive system, traction control and GM's vehicle stability enhancement system, the story said.
GM said the H3 will debut at automotive shows beginning in the fourth quarter of this year.
Another Hummer model will be the low-volume Alpha series, based on the original H1 platform, which will begin with the 2006 H1 Alpha, scheduled for launch in early 2005. The H1 Alpha will use GM's 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine which, GM said, will provide more power, improved emissions performance and better fuel economy than the H1.
The H3 and H1 Alpha will join the H1 and and H2 SUT, which went on sale in June and has features of both a large pickup and an SUV, the story said.
Land Rover Announces 2005 LR3 Pricing
Land Rover North America announced U.S. pricing for its all-new SUV, . The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the SE model will be $44,995, while the HSE model will retail for $49,995.
All models will have Terrain Response technology, a 300 hp V-8 engine and four-corner, cross-linked air suspension, the company said in a news release.
GM Predicts Sales Rebound
General Motors predicts it will post its best sales month of the year in July, the Associated Press reported, citing Paul Ballew, GM's director of global market and industry analysis.
Ballew said trucks and sport-utility vehicles have sold well this month. He added that the company also has gotten a lift from some of its new and redesigned vehicles such as the sedan and Equinox compact SUV.
Ballew forecasts total U.S. industry sales of roughly 1.6 million units for July, which would be well above last month's 1.44 million, according to Autodata Corp.