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Better World Club's Gas Guzzler Surcharge Killed The Hummer H1!

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The Washington Post Reports that the Hummer H1, the biggest, toughest sport-utility vehicle on the road, could crush anything in its way -- except poor sales.

Cheering just about every other driver on the road, General Motors Corp. yesterday said it was ditching the H1 by June.

The vehicle, which delivered a shot of in-your-face masculinity, has a price tag of $140,000, weighs 5 tons and gets less than 10 miles to the gallon. But sales have slowed to a trickle. GM has sold fewer than 100 this year.

The H1 has been the target of at least a half-dozen attacks by radical environmentalists, and the Web site FUH2.com has posted photos of thousands of people giving the H1 the center-finger salute.

Defenders of the vehicle and others of similar size like to defend it on "safety" grounds. That's one way to look at it. Says automotive consultant Daniel Gorrell of Strategic Visions in San Diego. "It's the statement of 'I will run over you and crush you like a bug.'

Meanwhile, the Hummer is shrinking. In 2002, GM introduced the H2, a medium-size version, and last spring it brought out the H3, the smallest of the group. (The H3 didn't even make Better World Club's Gas Guzzler Surcharge list.) The entire Hummer group has been outsold this year by the Toyota Prius, a gas-electric hybrid. A key member of GM's board of directors has suggested that GM scrap Hummer altogether to save cash.

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