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submitted comments to federal lawmakers defending continued use of off-highway vehicles on federal lands in the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel regions in Southern California. SEMA opposes legislation (H.R. 6156) to designate as wilderness 475,000 acres of federal lands in Mono, Inyo, and Los Angeles Counties. As an alternative, SEMA recommended that the bill specifically protect OHV use on "cherry-stemmed" routes, which are often old roads, trails, or paths formerly used for mining, logging, or agricultural operations. SEMA also recommended the use of less-restrictive land designations for portions of the land, such as a "National Recreation Area" or a "Back-country Recreation" designation proposed by the BlueRibbon Coalition. The bill was the topic of a hearing by a U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee.

VW PICKUP?

Volkswagen displayed this concept pickup at a European commercial truck show in the fall. According to the press materials, the search-and-rescue concept truck previews a production version that will be built in Argentina in 2009 and targeted at South American, Australian, and South African markets—"regions with some the greatest demand for pickups for recreational and business use, due to their great versatility," said the press release. Hello? Volkswagen? Has no one told you of the millions of trucks we drive here in the States?

VW's material was skimpy on tech details. What we do know is that the concept truck is about as big as a Honda Ridgeline and sort of similar in execution, given the four-door cabin and integrated bed. Production versions will be powered by TDI or direct-injection gas engines. We've read online reports that the truck will be called Robust, but that has not been confirmed by VW.

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