Mark Tapscott of The Examiner puts a different, somewhat refreshing, perspective in his latest review of the HUMMER H3:
“Let me say up front that this review is less about the specifics of the 2008 H3 Alpha – a perfectly decent if odd-looking sport-utility vehicle – than the response this Hummer generates in critics and enemies of the car.”
Tapscott explains how individual freedom is important in politics and economics, and automotive manufactures that produce niche vehicles like the HUMMER should be applauded for protecting consumer choice.
I tend to agree with a lot of what Tapscott says – automakers are in business to make a profit. If they see an opportunity to provide a vehicle that has a market (not to mention a growing market, contrary to ‘death of the SUV’ articles that keep popping up) they would be foolish not to produce that vehicle.
HUMMER’s lineup will be getting more and more fuel efficient, and offer smaller vehicles in the future (all of which will be class leaders in off-road ability, after all, they’re HUMMERs). That move is not in response to angry, sometimes violent environmentalists, it’s from market demand and fulfilling that market’s needs and wants.