On December 17, at the Factory Zero plant in Detroit, the mass production of GMC Hummer pickups was launched – US President Joe Biden took part in the ceremony. A few days later, the already assembled machines began to be shipped to customers. Moreover, a pickup truck with serial number 00001 was sold in the spring of the Barrett-Jackson auction for $ 2.5 million, while the rest of the Hummers will be delivered to customers who were among the first to pre-order.
Serial assembly started with a “welcome” version of the GMC Hummer Edition 1 worth 110,295 dollars. This pickup differs from the standard in white color, as well as a rich set of equipment: full-steering chassis and the Extreme Off-road package, including 18-inch wheels with 35-inch off-road tires, are provided. The limited edition interior is made in black and white with bronze decorative inserts.
GMC Hummer sets in motion a three-engine unit with a capacity of 1014 horsepower, and on a single battery charge a pickup truck drives 563 kilometers. Acceleration from standstill to 60 mph (97 kilometers per hour) takes three seconds.
Factory Zero is a former Detroit-Hamtramck plant that was founded back in 1911 by Dodge and then passed to the Chrysler concern. In the 80s, the plant was closed, after which it was sold to General Motors. Over the next five years, the site was actively rebuilt: the old workshops were destroyed, and new ones were erected in their place. Since 1985, the enterprise has produced Cadillac models, and then Buick, Oldsmobile and Chevrolet.
A new milestone in the history of the plant began in 2020: the assembly site was closed for modernization and rebuilt for the production of electric vehicles on the Ultium platform – the project cost the American concern $ 2.2 billion.
The new Factory Zero is designed to produce 250 thousand cars a year, and the staff in the future will reach 2,200 people.