Chevrolet considering new high-end Silverado

Pickup truck sales are on the rise in the U.S., and that’s good news for Detroit since trucks tend to come with big price tags and hefty margins. Truck owners can be a different breed, often padding their bedded beauties with high trim levels and copious quantities of options. Ford has made this task easy with F-150 variants like the Platinum and King Ranch, while Chrysler has upped their game with the Dodge Ram Laramie Longhorn. If you want a high-end General Motors truck, right now the best bet is to opt for the GMC Sierra Denali, while Bow Tie-branded trucks top out at the LTZ model.

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2009-2010 Mazda5 minivans recalled over fuel pump concerns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a safety recall on certain Mazda5 minivans from the 2009 and 2010 model year.

This recall focuses on the van’s fuel pump, with NHTSA citing that water may not have been completely removed from the pump’s harness connector before vehicle assembly. Thus, the connector pin may corrode, causing the pin to break. If the harness connector breaks, this could lead to an inoperative fuel pump. The Mazda5’s engine could stall, and the inability to restart the engine increases the risk of a crash.

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First Look: 2012 Aprilia RS4 125

After years of success selling road-going 125cc two-strokes to kids all over Europe, Aprilia basically threw in the towel. This was in reaction to complaints from parents that the bikes were too expensive to buy and maintain, and that their kids were having too many accidents. Authorities also complained that they were writing too many tickets to the owners of these buzz bombs.

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Aprilia’s lack of attention to these gateway bikes apparently helped fuel a negative trend that has ultimately led to fewer teenagers riding motorcycles in Europe. Some even say that teens have all but forgotten about bikes, instead focusing on other forms of entertainment, such as video games.

Now, a month after KTM debuted its attractive 125 Duke concept at Intermot, Aprilia unveiled in Milan its RS4 125—a sleek-looking, scaled-down replica of its World Superbike-winning racer. Spanish-maker Derbi, which, like Aprilia, is owned by the Piaggio Group, introduced its own small-bore four-stroke, the GPR 125, last year.

The Aprilia shares the Derbi’s liquid-cooled, dohc, four-valve, fuel-injected, 58 x 47mm engine, which produces a claimed 15 horsepower (the legal limit for 125cc bikes in Europe). The RS4 is expected to be available in American showrooms at the end of 2011 as a 2012 model.

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(Video) 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe Revealed

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First Look: 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and 800 XC

The worst-kept secret in Milan? That Triumph is entering the middleweight multi-cylinder enduro arena with a pair of neat-looking and lightweight Tigers—the 800 and 800 XC. These bikes are powered by a brand-new 800cc (74.0 x 61.9mm) version of Triumph’s established Triple said to deliver 95 hp at 9300 rpm and 58 ft.-lb. of torque at 7850 rpm with a fat and flat power curve.

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According to Triumph, these “junior” Tigers tip the scales at 462 and 473 lb., respectively, with a full 5 gallons of fuel. The frame is a tubular-steel, twin-spar design, in which the engine serves as a stressed, structural member. Wheelbases span 60.1 and 60.5 in. Rake is a steep 23.1 degrees and trail is 3.4 in.

Here is where the two models differ: The more street-oriented 800 features an inverted 43mm Showa fork offering 7.0 in. of travel; the XC has a 45mm unit with 8.7 in. of travel. Out back, the 800 has 6.7 in. of travel while the XC has 8.5. Seat height on the standard model can be adjusted from 31.9 to 32.7 in. (with even lower or taller seats available as options), while the XC ranges from 33.3 to 34.0 in.

Ten-spoke, cast aluminum wheels shod with 110/80-19 and 150/70-17 tires are fitted to the standard bike; the XC rolls on wire-spoke wheels with semi-knobbed 90/90-21 and 150/70-17 rubber. Nissin supplies the brakes: 308mm dual front discs with radial-mount four-piston calipers and a 255mm disc and single-piston caliper out back. Both

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First Look: 2011 KTM 990 Adventure Dakar


The 990 Adventure Dakar is a parts-bin special playing off KTM’s winning heritage. It has the long travel-suspension of the standard Adventure allied with the 115-horsepower V-Twin engine and Bosch ABS of the Adventure R. It comes with the normally optional guards wrapping around the front bodywork and a suede-look seat. And, of course, the body parts are all in “cigarette” logo blue—as were KTM’s factory Dakar entrants. CW
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Audi R18 coming tomorrow??

The funny thing about a race series like Le Mans is that as spectators, we only see a small fraction of the action when we watch events like Petit Le Mans or the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While the fender-to-fender fracas is plenty exciting, it takes an army of engineers frantically innovating and working to beat deadlines to carry the checkered flag each season. And that’s exactly why we’re so excited about this juicy little bit of rumor from Fortitude. From what we understand, Audi may be looking to retire its R15 Plus in favor of a new closed-cockpit R18.

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Kia recalls nearly 8,000 Sorrento models over incorrectly machined brakes

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, certain 2011 Kia Sorento models were fitted with rear brake calipers that were improperly machined.

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Rolls-Royce reportedly planning to expand Ghost family with coupe, cabrio, LWB sedan

The new Ghost has been a runaway success for Rolls-Royce, the (relatively) more accessible saloon more than doubling its sales figures and outselling the larger Phantom by order of magnitude. And as might be expected, the BMW subsidiary has every intention of cashing in its success with a family of new models.

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First Look: 2011 KTM 900 Adventure Dakar

The 990 Adventure Dakar is a parts-bin special playing off KTM’s winning heritage. It has the long travel-suspension of the standard Adventure allied with the 115-horsepower V-Twin engine and Bosch ABS of the Adventure R. It comes with the normally optional guards wrapping around the front bodywork and a suede-look seat. And, of course, the body parts are all in “cigarette” logo blue—as were KTM’s factory Dakar entrants.

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