Last year, London mayor Ken Livingstone proposed a daily £25 (US$50) tax, aimed at curbing pollution from SUVs and sports cars, to be levied upon entry into the city. Early this year, Richmond upon Thames council in London announced it would triple parking costs for gas guzzlers. Just this summer the UK began trials of new pollution detecting cameras. To put it simply: government in the UK doesn't appreciate big, heavy, gassy cars, no matter how ugly or mean they look.
Despite being the smallest of the Hummer line, priced at £26,495 (US$53,771), the Hummer H3 still weighs in around 4,700lb (2136kg) at the kerb. With EPA estimated combined cycle fuel efficiency of about 20mpg (11.76L/100km) from its 244hp 3.7L motor, and CO2 emissions of 327g/km (manual) or 346g/km (automatic) it's not going to win any green ribbons either. But then those who buy one in the UK will probably already know that, having crossed through the ring of protesters outside the dealership.