Fires linked to heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems in the Hummer
SUVs caused what GM called 'minor burns' to the three people, according to Reuters, but two of the three Hummer
models in which people sustained the burns were entirely destroyed by the blazes.
, the iconic off-road vehicle, had come to symbolise America's love for hulking sports utility vehicles.
Analysts had questioned how little-known Tengzhong, with no international experience, could turn around a struggling foreign brand like Hummer
Clint Comelli, from Hummer
Limousines Australia, which charges 500 dollars for an hour ride, said that the chance to party like a rock star was behind its new popularity.
They were all so excited about it; it is a chance of a lifetime for them to go in a Hummer
Despite the popularity of the Hummer
, its running costs, fuel economy and carbon emissions have been called into question.
Fresh out of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, their test was to design a fun, nimble and innovative Hummer
But unlike Arnold's hefty Hummer
H2 model, the new H3 that is on sale here is smaller, more agile and is aimed specifically at the European market.
GM acquired the rights to the Hummer
brand in late 1999, and since then sales have grown from around 1000 vehicles to more than 82,000 last year.
Since April of last year, Hummer
H2 sales are down by 22 percent.
are sold for about $100,000, while used vehicles cost $50,000-$70,000.
, a brawny US army 4x4 which first saw service in the Gulf War and is now a fashionable favourite of Arnold Schwarzenegger, is to be made cheaper and smaller.