Looking out at the caravan, nightly news images of The Iraq War spring to mind. The military HUMVEE is well known from its Desert Storm years, and, now, it’s further imprinted in our collective consciousness as a result of its on-going overseas duty. Stateside, its civilian counterpart, the Hummer H1, has two disparate images. It’s fair to say that it has replaced the Tonka truck as an icon for young Americans, and it’s widely known as a bane to environmentalists everywhere.
Undaunted by that fact, General Motors has just introduced a more powerful version of the H1 – called Alpha. GM officials claim that it is the most capable off-road truck available to the civilian market, now with better on-road manners, improved off-road capability, and increased fuel economy. They’ve brought the Hummer H1 Alpha to this technically challenging landscape to prove their case.