Hummer concept takes a greener approach

Hummer shows off the HX concept at the 2008 Detroit auto show.

Hummer HX
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Hummer doesn't embody environmentalism, but that's the spin GM CEO Rick Wagoner gave when he introduced the Hummer HX concept at the 2008 Detroit auto show. The Hummer HX is smaller and lighter than Hummer's other three models, but, more importantly, uses an E85-capable 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Wagoner extolled the virtues of ethanol as fuel during the press conference, punctuating the point by announcing a partnership between GM and Coskota Inc. to produce ethanol fuel using a new, cost-effective process.

Hummer HX interior
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As for the Hummer HX, it is a rugged-looking concept that brings Hummer design cues into what looks like a Dakar rally competitor. It sits high up on 35 inch off-road tires, and is well-armored underneath with skid plates. Front and rear overhangs are minimal, giving it steep angles of approach and departure. Many of its body components, such as fender flares and roof, are removable. The HX doesn't have a radio or CD player, instead featuring a simple USB port for an iPod or other MP3 player. In good concept style, it has three LCD gauges in the center of the dashboard which can be used for a variety of different displays, including both on- and off-road navigation. To keep weight down, the interior uses such aircraft construction techniques as drilled aluminum frames supporting the seats. Smaller and lighter is a direction we wouldn't mind seeing with Hummer, but we're not sure it would play with the brand's fans.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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