The Hummer was an angular, militaristic, go-anywhere truck that became an emblem of 1990s pop culture. General Motors’ Hummer was a coveted status symbol sought by celebrities and a sometimes mocked and vilified example of how far of America’s newfound love for SUVs had gone. But in 2009, GM put several of its brands to the ax, including Pontiac, Saab, and Hummer. While the Hummer had a brief lifespan of just under two decades, it made a lasting impression on the auto industry.
Clarification: General Motors ended Oldsmobile production in 2004, a few years before GM stopped producing the other brands mentioned at 8:05.