Hummer maker to assemble taxies

AM General LLC, the Mishawaka company that manufactures the Humvee military vehicle and H2 Hummer consumer sport-utility vehicle, now plans to build taxies.

AM General will make the Standard Taxi for Vehicle Production Group LLC of Troy, Mich., which recently landed $160 million in funding for the project, according to the South Bend Tribune.

The Michigan startup has designed a squarish body-on-frame car that’s handicap accessible. Vehicle Production Group says it has reservations for 3,500 units.

Production is expected to begin in early 2010. There was no initial word on how the contract would affect employment at the plant.

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