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Off-Road Truck News - Insider - Off Road

Posted in News on October 1, 2004
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Local Off-Roaders Ask for an AuditAt a hearing in San Diego, the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) called for an audit of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of the California State Parks and Recreation Department, charging that while the division's budget has been steadily increasing, expenditures in California to support OHV recreation are actually decreasing.

ORBA's president Roy Denner, who also spoke on behalf of the American Sand Association (ASA) and San Diego Off-Road Coalition, stated that more than $50 million is being spent annually by the OHMVR Division, with negligible improvement or additions for OHV recreation opportunities in California. Denner also explained that while the budget has increased over the last few years, no new OHV recreation areas have been established.

This subject is of extreme importance to all California off-road enthusiasts who have been affected by recent OHV land closures. Each new closure leaves less room for off-roaders to roam in their vehicles.

The Next Big ThingThe '05 Hummer H2 SUT is about to hit the market, and we're sure that it will cause an even bigger tidal wave of customization than the H2 did. Pricing for the H2 SUT will start at $52,845 (including destination charge), which is approximately $1,500 less than a comparably equipped '05 H2 SUV. Now that's an expensive pickup! Or is it an SUV? Heck, we don't care, as long as we see one tearing up the dirt.

There's a Revolution Under the Hood of New FordsFor the '05 model year, Ford will update the drivetrains of Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury SUVs and trucks. At least 10 products will receive new or updated engines. All new Duratec I-4s, CVTs, six-speed automatics, all-wheel-drive and upgraded three-valve 5.4Ls, and 6.8L Triton V-8s and V-10s, in conjunction with new electronic throttle control and electronics control modules, will aid performance and deliver better fuel efficiency. Ford says that this "Revolution Under the Hood" is unprecedented in its 101-year history. We just want to know if the F-150 will get a few more ponies under its hood.

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