Kaufman and Brian
Adelman enjoy driving
the Hummer 2.
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BY LISA BRODY
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL BEDNARSKI
hat looks like a
tank, but drives like
It's the new
Hummer 2 sport utility vehicle by
General Motors, which is currently
flying out of dealerships, much to
GM's delight. Built on a
Suburban/Yukon XL platform with
a Cadillac Escalade engine, it is a
luxurious version of the military
Humvee transport vehicle. The
Hummer 2, at $48,000, is in the
same price category as its competi-
tion, the super-luxury sport utility
vehicles like the Yukon, Range
Rover, Navigator, Escalade and
Toyota Land Cruiser.
Brian Adelman, a West
gist, decided the new Hummer 2
would make a perfect 40th birth-
day gift for his brother-in-law,
West Bloomfield businessman
Alon Kaufman. He liked it so
much, he bought himself one, too.
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"I was getting one for Alon, an
seat, which does take up some of
really high in it. I love the visibili-
orange one, and my wife Annette
the storage space. For a first year
ty." While it looks boxy, it has a
said, 'Maybe you should get one,
car, they got it right."
very smooth, un-truck-like ride,
too,"' says Dr. Adelman. "They
Both men say parking is not a
with luxurious amenities such as a
had a green one in stock, and I
problem, similar to other large
high-quality sound system, good
took it. Alon didn't
climate control and heat-
like the orange, so now
ed seats. The only nega-
we both drive the
tive both men, and other
drivers, have to say about
"I love it, I truly do,
the Hummer 2 is the
and I feel the army
poor gas mileage, which
green does the car the
is in range of 8-10 miles
most justice," says
Kaufman. "I'm a car
"It's a very luxurious
nut. I have a car fetish.
car," says Dr. Adelman.
I've had a lot of four-
"My kids love it. I take
wheel- drive cars, and
this car anywhere, and I
I love the feel of it. I
get such looks."
love how comfortable
Kaufman agrees. "It's
the ride is."
lots of fun to drive the
The Hummer 2 has Alon Kaufman behind the wheel of his army green Hummer admits he is a car aficionado. kids to school in it."
seating for five adults,
While both men drive
with an optional third seat for a
SUVs. "Sometimes you're a little
other cars as well as their Hummer
sixth passenger. "The storage isn't
fearful of parking, but I've never
2s, these are their current favorite
bad, either," says Dr. Adelman.
had a problem," says Kaufman.
His vehicle has the optional sixth
"And I like the fact that you sit
Watch out, road warriors.