I want to thank the team at General Motors and Hummer for inviting me
to experience the new H2 and H3 Alpha in Durango Colorado recently.
The experience was eye opening and the capabilities of the vehicles
exceeded my wildest expectations. I have always been a big fan of the
H2 and I did not think that there was much they could do to improve it
but the 08 has an updated interior with full curtain air bags, a six
speed transmission that will improve fuel economy and a more powerful
engine with increased towing capacity up to over 8000 pounds.
The day began in Durango, CO, driving about an hour to New Mexico to an off road mountain course. Hummer is one of the supporters of the Tread Lightly! and the location has been developed as place for off roading to use and even with the wide stance of the H2 we did not infringe on any of the desert plants.
Tread Lightly! is a nonprofit
organization offering a variety of tools to help arm recreationists and
the industries that serve them with essential outdoor ethics. Our
mission is to proactively protect recreation access and opportunities
in the outdoors through education and stewardship initiatives.
The event allowed us the opportunity to see what these vehicles can
really do and there were a number of times I had white knuckles as I
went down some of the rock faces. These vehicles truly have maintained
the characters of their military namesake but have all the creature
comforts of their Cadillac relatives. Hummer has done a masterful job
of bringing together the strengths and capabilities of the original
Hummer H1 and the comforts of a Cadillac to deliver a vehicle that can
get you through any obstacle in style and comfort.
During the event the temperature hit over 100 in the desert but inside the Hummers with the air conditioning and leather seats it was like taking a Sunday drive, as I drove over boulders, up and down steep rock faces nothing seamed to phase these vehicles. The most remarkable thing was the vehicles ability to go up what seamed like a vertical rock face with not a problem, keep in mind that the H2 weighs over 8000 pounds.
The Rock Garden Trail we drove is located 12 miles from Aztec, NM in San Juan County. The trailhead is located on off of SR 173, a little over 12.5 miles off of US 550. The area is relatively flat, at around 6,000 feet, but contains huge hills of slick rock throughout, similar to that found in the Moab, UT area. The Rock Garden itself is more of a four-wheel playground than a trail. There are several difficult obstacles throughout the area which you experienced, however, most have bypasses, which allow this trail to be rated "moderate". The trail is less than 3 miles round trip.
In my next post I will tell you about the H3, and my surprise.
By Peter Martin
Peter Martin is the founder and CEO of AskPatty.com, Inc. Peter started his automotive career in 1987 with the Ricart Ford organization and was part of the team that took the dealership to the Number 1 Retail Dealer status with the Ford Motor Company. His extensive background in the automotive industry provides him with a keen insight into advertising and marketing.
Peter Martin has been engaged in a wide array of diverse advertising and marketing ventures, ranging from introducing eMail Matching to the auto industry, pioneering the development of the first Video eMail Technology, to development of multi channel marketing which incorporates Direct Mail, Direct eMail and telephony services to increase campaign response rates.
Prior to launching Ask Patty, Peter held the position of Business Development Director of DME, one of the largest Direct Marketing Firms in the country. Peter had also held the position of Director of the ZLEADS division of Zimmerman Advertising, where he developed the special finance lead generation program. Peter has also owned and operated his own advertising and marketing firms, as well as having performed in top level positions in some of the nation’s top automotive agencies.
Martin lives with his family in Sarasota, Florida.