Hummers were originally built by AM General Corporation, which was formerly AMC Jeep's General Products division, in its Mishawaka, Indiana assembly plant. All Hummer vehicles have heavy-duty capabilities; they have been employed by owners for aid in large disaster situations. Hummer Owners, prepared for Emergencies was created by the efforts of The Hummer Club, INC. and the American Red Cross. Hummer owners came up with CPR, First Aid skills, and basic off-highway skills so that they may assist victims during a disaster situation. They were created on contract for the US Military, and the first model, the Hum-Vee, was available with many different military-based extras. These included troop carriers, gun turrets and radar. The US military, have adapted some of the vehicles, including modifying one to facilitate a directional microwave crowd control beam. The Hummers made the trip with ease, for they were built to drive on off-road terrain and the highlights of this journey was broadcasted in the United States on ESPN. The attention that the HMMWV received for its service in Operation: Desert Storm the following year was even great. A privately-owned Hum-Vee was modified into the first Snow-Vee, with the addition of caterpillar tracks, a new rear compartment and a new engine. This vehicle was designed for use in snow just below the Arctic Circle, and the Antarctic. In 1992, AM General began selling a civilian version of the M998 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Hum-Vee) vehicle to the public under the brand name "Hummer", called the Hummer H1. General Motors introduced two new models, the H2 and H3, and renamed the original vehicle as Hummer H1. In 2006, AM General stopped to build the H1 and was contracted by General Motors to produce the H2. The H3 is built in Shreveport, LA alongside the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups, with which it shares the GMT-355 platform. Hummer has gone international with selected importers and distributors in Europe and other markets. Safety and ecological perceptions from other road users has attracted a lot of criticism. The Hummer has been singled out and attacked as a symbol of ecological irresponsibility, sometimes using violent means.
Hummers began making appearances in the Film and Television industry starting early nineties when they introduced models for the civilians.
Some earlier and noticeable appearances include:
SeaQuest DSV - This used the Hummer H1 in place of Humvees.
Earth 2 - This featured a large, “solar-powered” Hummer Concept truck as their main mode of conveyance.
CSI:Miami - being driven by the chief of the crime lab Lt. Horatio Caine, during the 6th season of CSI: MIAMI, they received all new 2008 H2's with redesigned interior.
2007 Transformers movie the Autobot known as Ratchet transforms into a search and rescue Hummer H2.