Aprilia USA Recall on Schedule for Completion

New replacement engines are at dealerships and the countdown to unleashing RSV4 power is on

NEW YORK – Feb. 19, 2010– Aprilia USA, the North American importer and distributor of award-winning Aprilia scooters and motorcycles, today issued an update to its RSV4 recall. New replacement engines have arrived at RSV4 qualified Aprilia dealers and the company expects certified technicians to complete all work on RSV4 models in customers' hands within two to three weeks. This recall, reviewed and approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has been given the reference number 10V-029.

“The Aprilia RSV4 is the most technically advanced super bike we’ve developed, and numerous industry awards already underscore the level of excitement about this motorcycle,” said Paolo Timoni, President and CEO, Piaggio Group Americas. “That is why we felt it was especially critical to minimize both downtime and inconveniences to our customers, who want nothing more than to unleash their RSV4 on the road. All of us at Aprilia USA are most appreciative of our customers’ continued patience, as well as the great commitment of our Aprilia dealers and technicians to meet our promised completion time.”

Technicians brought to the U.S. from the Aprilia factory in Noale, Italy, have been working around-the-clock with the Aprilia USA Technical Services Department and dealers to ensure proper installation of the new engines and to expedite the replacement process. As a result, RSV4 owners can expect to get back on the road within two to three weeks.

Aprilia USA will issue a new two-year warranty to owners impacted by the recall, effective after the engine replacement is complete.

The recall, announced last month, affected a limited number of 2010 Aprilia RSV4 motorcycles. While only a small number of production units were involved worldwide, Aprilia and their dealers will be replacing all RSV4 engines on motorcycles delivered to the U.S. market.

Additional information on the RSV4 engine recall can be found at www.apriliausa.com or by contacting your local Aprilia dealer.

About Aprilia and Piaggio Group Americas
Aprilia world headquarters are in Noale (Venice, Italy). Founded in 1962, the company designs and manufactures motorcycles in Noale, with production facilities in Scorzè. With 43 motorcycling world championship titles (36 road and 7 off-road) and 274 speed GP wins under its belt, Aprilia is the only European manufacturer to have a complete on- and off-road model portfolio, ranging from sporty scooters, innovative off-road bikes and tough adventure tourers to award-winning super sport bikes. For information on Aprilia's complete U.S. model line, visit the company's website at www.apriliausa.com.

In December 2004 Aprilia became part of the Piaggio Group, Europe's leading manufacturer of two wheelers and one of the world's most recognized and respected names in motorcycle and scooter production.

With approximately 7,000 employees, approximately 650,000 vehicles sold in 2008, 5 R&D; centers, 7 production facilities in Europe and Asia, and commercial operations all over the world, the Piaggio Group has a consolidated leadership in the European 2 wheeler market. Its production includes scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200 cc displacement range, marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto Guzzi brands.