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CELEBRITIES AND SOCCER MOMS EXPECTED TO JUMP ON FLYING HUMVEES IN NEW YEAR
October 27 2011
Bethesda, MD – For a few years the vehicle du jour was the Hummer. An adapted version of a high performance military vehicle, the consumer version took off in popular appeal, being driven by celebrities and soccer moms alike. Eventually, faced with economic collapse, General Motors ceased production on the iconic vehicles leaving a gap for the massive vehicles.
For a little while it seemed like nothing would ever exactly replace the vehicle, but now with word that Lockheed Martin and AAI have started work on a flying version of the military version of the vehicle, the retail version is expected to follow shortly. That proposed vehicle is expected to be the hot buy for celebrities and for hard working parents trying to fuse power, storage, and the ability to fly all in one package.
“I would imagine that these will be the hot ticket when they are eventually released. It really does bring together the best of both worlds and I imagine that people with the cash to buy one of these flying trucks will be more than happy plunk down some coin,” said Scrape TV Automobile analyst Melissa Canning. “It could also herald a real revolution in vehicles. I mean everyone has wanted a flying car and while they will be expensive in the short term, in the long term people buying into these vehicles could put wings on even regular cars, affordable for everyone.”
The first production vehicles are expected in 2015. Military versions of the vehicle will also be bulletproof.
“Things have certainly improved for the car companies, but they have accomplished that through streamlining and cutting down on size not increasing it. These vehicles, no matter their configuration, are going to be large, expensive vehicles and that is going to make it difficult, in the short term, for ordinary people to afford, which could hurt growth,” said Scrape TV Business analyst Ken Green. “The novelty of flying cars will likely wear off fairly soon once people start seeing how much they have to pay out on a monthly basis. I’d imagine we will be seeing a lot of these on used car lots in the near future.”
No company has yet announced a consumer version of the vehicle. Both versions in production will likely only be for military use.
“It could lead to the mythical flying cars that everyone has wanted for so long. That would be very cool and would bring a lot of attention to the industry, but won’t exactly be in line with the type of greening of cars that has been going on for the last little while,” continued Green. “I’m sure there won’t be electric versions of these flying Humvees anytime soon and with oil prices increasing, well it’s going to put them out of the reach of all but the most wealthy. I doubt that very many soccer moms will be driving these around unless the costs are reasonable, but I don’t see that happening even by 2015.”
Self-flying Humvees are also believed to be in development.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent