The HUMVEE is Born
In 1979, AM General began preliminary design work on the M998 Series High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, pronounced HUMVEE®); a 1.25-ton truck intended to replace the M151 and other light tactical vehicles. The U.S. Army awarded AM General a prototype contract in 1981 and the development and operational testing was conducted over a five-month period in 1982. In March 1983, AM General won an initial $1.2 billion contract to produce 55,000 HUMVEEs to be delivered in five basic models and 15 different configurations over a five-year period. The Army subsequently increased their order with over 15,000 additional vehicles, raising the total contract order to 70,000 HUMVEEs valued at $1.6 billion.
The HUMVEE offers exceptional speed, mobility and agility and is built upon a multi-purpose platform which will accommodate a broad range of configurations. HUMVEEs feature full-time four-wheel drive, independent suspension, steep approach and departure angles, 60 percent gradeability and 16 inches of ground clearance. HUMVEEs are currently in use by the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy at locations throughout the United States and overseas.
In 1983, the LTV Corporation bought AM General from American Motors Corporation and established it as a wholly owned subsidiary of the LTV Aerospace and Defense Company.
In 1984, the AM General headquarters moved from the American Motors AMTEK Building to Livonia, Michigan, and two years later to South Bend, Indiana, where the primary manufacturing operations were located.
In August 1989, the U.S. Army awarded AM General a new multi-year contract for continued production of more then 33,000 HUMVEEs. First deliveries under this new contract began in January 1990. Total value of this second multi-year contract was approximately $1 billion. Options raised the number of vehicles produced to nearly 50,000.
The U.S. Army awarded AM General an additional contract in 1994. The latest U.S. Army contract, awarded in 2000 through 2009, has resulted in the production of more than 65,000 additional HUMVEEs through 2007. More than 200,000 vehicles have been built and delivered to the U.S. Armed Forces and more than 50 friendly overseas nations.
The workhorse HUMVEE was very prominent in the U.S. military action in Panama in 1989-90, and even more so in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, where some 20,000 HUMVEEs won high praise from U.S. troops. More recently, HUMVEEs have played important roles in Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Wherever American soldiers go, their HUMVEEs go with them.
In April 1992, The Renco Group, Inc. of New York City purchased AM General Corporation from LTV.
The Diesel Engine
In 1999, AM General incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary, General Engine Products LLC (GEP), and constructed a new plant in Franklin, Ohio to build 6.5-liter diesel engines. GEP supplies service engines to General Motor’s Service Parts Operation (SPO) and builds engines for AM General’s use, as well as for other customers.
Introducing the C – SERIES
In 2013, AM General entered into an agreement with HUMVEE EXPORT LLC. and preparations began for production of the new C – SERIES. A culmination of years of HUMVEE expertise and an understanding of the modern market, the C – SERIES offers consumers worldwide the opportunity to experience legendary HUMVEE prowess for themselves. Today’s enthusiast wants performance, reliability, technology and style more than ever before, and the C – SERIES is crafted to meet these expectations.
Assembly of the C – SERIES commenced in 2015 with distribution slated for 2016. Under the scrutiny of HUMVEE enthusiasts around the globe, AM General and HUMVEE EXPORT are pleased to introduce the HUMVEE C – SERIES®, a new generation of mobility and agility to meet the challenges of today’s world. Go farther, with greater convenience than ever before.
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