Michael DiGiovanni's challenge for the Hummer H2 was to keep the original Hummer H1's rugged looks and capability - but make the second Hummer cheaper and more comfortable.
So the first stop of Hummer's general manager was General Motors' parts bin. Forty percent of the parts were taken from GM's truck line. GM parts account for about 75 percent of the value of the truck, one engineer estimated.
For instance, the front suspension is borrowed from GM's three-quarter-ton full-sized trucks. The five-link rear suspension design is shared with the Chevrolet Tahoe.
The result: The H2 has a sticker price of $48,800, which is far from inexpensive, but well below the H1's base sticker of $109,834. Both prices include destination charges.
As for off-road ability, the H2 can cross a 20-inch deep stream, climb a 60-degree grade and crawl over rocks as tall as 16 inches.
Another goal was comfort. "H1 owners said they wanted a vehicle more street-friendly for use as a daily driver," said Kenneth Lindensmith, Hummer program manager.
The H2's ride, comfort and interior noise levels are more in line with a Tahoe.