Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — Love it or hate it, the Hummer came to symbolize American might over the years — tires the size of Texas, a chrome grill that looked primed to eat up wimpy cars in its path, and its drivers with egos to match their mammoth-mobiles.
But the iconic vehicle — a symbol for macho men like Arnold Schwarzenegger and ridiculed worldwide by environmentalists — is headed toward the auto graveyard.
General Motors last week announced the likely end of the Hummer after a deal with a Chinese automaker fell through. The news thrilled many who have protested the guzzler for years: Good riddance!
But for Hummer owners, the reaction remains mixed. Most mourn the impending death of their beloved behemoths but celebrate the fact that the Hummer won’t be outsourced to China: Whose harebrained idea was that anyway?! Ain’t no Hummer meant to be made in China!
Owners are hoping for a last-minute buyer to emerge before the Hummer joins the maligned Pinto in the scrapyard. GM has said it is trying to salvage the Hummer, setting May 1 as a deadline for other possible deals to be made.