BRP Invests $118 Million in Valcourt and Announces a Review of its Working Methods

4 12 2015

VALCOURT, QUEBEC, CANADA – December 4, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  (TSX: DOO) BRP Inc. intends to invest $118 million in its Valcourt manufacturing activities within the next five years. These investments will strengthen Valcourt’s strategic role as the Centre of expertise for design, research, development and manufacturing for all BRP activities worldwide.

The Valcourt site has always been recognized as the heart of BRP’s innovation. It is its global knowledge centre thanks to the synergy between the Design & Innovation Centre, the Product Development Centre and manufacturing operations. Ultimately, the goal of the planned investments is to maintain the competitiveness of the Valcourt plant through a complete transformation and modernization in order to optimize its manufacturing infrastructure and logistics. This modernizing process is designed to promote modularity in design, manufacturing and assembly. In addition, it will facilitate the end-to-end development of new concepts together with the design and engineering departments.

“With these investments, BRP aims to provide its Eastern Townships facilities with cutting-edge tools and technologies to further increase its efficiency and its talent in terms of innovation, engineering and manufacturing, all while keeping quality jobs in Quebec,” said BRP’s President and CEO José Boisjoli.

An overhaul of working methods
In addition to the announced investments, BRP’s Valcourt production site will review all its work methods to make them more flexible and agile, as well as the working conditions of its employees in technical and administrative sectors. A comprehensive analysis performed as part of this investment project has shown that many BRP employee groups in Quebec have a higher salary than those of competitors in North America or comparable Quebec companies outside Montréal.

Faced with this situation and wanting to maintain quality jobs in the long term, management announced a three-to five-year pay freeze for all employees working in manufacturing and in technical and administrative sectors, representing 60% of BRP staff working in Valcourt. This pay freeze will take effect from the next fiscal year, beginning on February 1, 2016.

“In recent years, globalization and the growing pressure of the competition in our markets have led us to relocate a number of our operations to Mexico. These same factors are urging us today to make an in-depth review of our methods. In order for us to have the necessary agility to remain competitive and consolidate the role of our Centre of expertise in design, research, development and manufacturing operations in Valcourt, and to ensure that our investments generate the anticipated benefits, they must be accompanied by an overhaul of our working conditions in areas where market deviations are too great,” said Boisjoli to employees gathered in a meeting today.

The implementation of this investment plan will begin in early 2016 with the installation of new ultramodern production equipment for the Can-Am Spyder and Ski-Doo assembly lines.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide.  www.brp.com   @BRPnews

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Can-Am 500 to Headline November 2016 NASCAR Weekend at Phoenix International Raceway

16 11 2015

Powersports leader announced as sponsor of PIR’s fall semifinal race in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

PHOENIX, AZ – November 16, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The November 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) will be known as the Can-Am 500, continuing the brand’s expansion into racing sponsorship. The race is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.

“We are thrilled to partner with BRP to present the Can-Am 500 next November,” said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. “There is a tremendous affinity for outdoor powersports among NASCAR fans, particularly in the desert southwest, that makes this a fantastic fit. The passion, energy and excitement synonymous with the Can-Am brand will be on full display throughout the Can-Am 500 race weekend as the Chase for the Sprint Cup comes to Phoenix.”

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The Can-Am brand, owned by BRP, manufacturer of world-renowned motorized recreational vehicles and engines, will serve as the title sponsor for the popular race on Veterans’ Day weekend. It will bookend a year of motorsports activity for the powersports leader, as the company will also serve as the title sponsor of the 2016 Can-Am Duel At Daytona on Feb. 18.

“BRP’s products provide superior performance and adventure, which is a perfect fit for being part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with NASCAR fans in Arizona, so many of which are fervent outdoor enthusiasts,” said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brand and Strategy. “This is a great time for BRP to participate in NASCAR when the breadth of the Can‑Am offering is growing exponentially. Our CEO, José Boisjoli, has promised new off-road models every six months and this is a great way to ensure maximum visibility for the Can-Am brand.”

With Can-Am ATVs, side-by-side vehicles and Spyder roadsters, BRP is carrying on a long tradition of performance. More than 30 years ago, the world discovered the Can-Am brand through its revolutionary motocross bikes, and its legend and winning spirit live on – with passion and exhilaration.

The fall race at PIR has sold out in each of the last five years; and under the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, PIR’s semifinal race in the Chase is the last of the Eliminator round and will determine the final four drivers that will fight for the championship the following weekend.

In order to secure tickets for the Can-Am 500 early, fans can purchase a 2016 NASCAR season ticket, which includes the Good Sam 500 race weekend on March 12-13. Tickets can be purchased by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223).

About Phoenix International Raceway

Since 1964, Phoenix International Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest. Founded as an open-wheel racing mecca, PIR will host the Phoenix Grand Prix Verizon IndyCar Series race under the lights on Saturday night, April 2. Phoenix is the only track in the West to have two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends a year and will kick off its 2016 NASCAR season with the Good Sam 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in March followed by the Can-Am 500, the semifinal race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in November.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide. www.brp.com      @BRPnews

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BRP’s Can-Am Off-Road Racers Dominate GNCC Racing Season with Six Championships

13 11 2015

VALCOURT, QUEBEC, CANADA – November 13, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BRP’s Can-Am brand dominated during this year’s Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) racing season, bringing home six titles, including a repeat of the prestigious GNCC XC1 Pro SxS and 4×4 ATV Pro class championships.

  • Maverick 1000R Pilot Kyle Chaney Repeats as GNCC XC1 Pro SxS Champion
  • Can-Am Renegade Racer Bryan Buckhannon Wins Another 4×4 Pro Class Title
  • Tim Farr Wins GNCC Finale in Can-Am Maverick 1000R

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Can-Am Maverick 1000R pilot Kyle Chaney (No. 1) won the 2015 GNCC XC1 Pro SxS Championship.
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“It’s extremely difficult to repeat as GNCC champion, but Maverick 1000R side-by-side pilot Kyle Chaney and Renegade X xc 800R racer Bryan Buckhannon took full advantage of the unmatched capabilities of their Can-Am vehicles to defend their XC1 Pro SxS and 4×4 Pro ATV championships,” said Bernard Guy, BRP vice-president, regional general manager, North America. “These prestigious Pro class titles, and several 2015 GNCC amateur championships, highlight that our Can-Am vehicles offer industry-leading performance, exceptional reliability and remain the vehicle of choice for racing enthusiasts.”

Chaney, who also recorded two regional racing championships this season, kept up his winning ways in 2015 by securing the 2015 XC1 Pro SxS class title with a strong fourth-place finish at the final round of the GNCC series. Chaney, with six total wins in 12 rounds over a two-year span, now has two consecutive championships behind the wheel of his TurnKey UTV / Fox Shocks / Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle.

Can-Am Maverick 1000R XC1 Pro class racers swept the top four overall spots in the class on the year to reinforce the vehicle’s class-leading performance. Tim Farr won the final two XC1 Pro SxS class events in his Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle to ensure BRP’s Can-Am brand won all six rounds in 2015 and 10 of the last 12 rounds over the past two seasons.

Can-Am Renegade X xc 800R ATV racer Bryan Buckhannon saved his best performance for last, outlasting 10 other 4×4 Pro class riders to record his third victory of the year and the 2015 championship. Buckhannon put the Rotax engine-powered Renegade ATV, the industry’s most race-ready 4×4 with unmatched durability and performance, on the podium at all 13 events to earn his second consecutive class championship, despite facing his stiffest competition yet.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide.  www.brp.com  @BRPnews

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BRP Recalls Youth All-Terrain Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

7 10 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 7, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

RECALL SUMMARY

Name of product: Youth Model Can-Am all-terrain vehicles

Hazard: The fuel filter can break and leak, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: BRP toll-free at 888-272-9222 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.can-am.brp.com, click on “Off Road,” then “Owners,” “Safety” and then “Safety Recalls.”

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RECALL DETAILS

Units: About 240

Description: This recall is for the model years 2015 and 2016 Youth Model Can-Am TMDS 90TM and DS 90TMX® ATVs. The recalled vehicles have an engine size of 90 cubic centimeters. The vehicles came in black and yellow. “Can-Am DS” and the engine size are painted in white on both sides of the vehicle’s fairing. “Can-Am” appears in white letters on both sides of the seat.

Incidents/Injuries:  BRP has received eight reports of the fuel filter breaking and leaking at dealerships. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact a BRP dealer to schedule a free repair. BRP is notifying registered consumers directly about this recall.

Sold at: Can-Am dealers nationwide from May 2015 through September 2015 for between $2,800 and $3,800.

Importer(s): BRP US Inc., of Sturtevant, Wis.

Manufactured in: Vietnam

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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BRP Introduces a Can-Am Spyder Police Unit

23 09 2015

VALCOURT, QUEBEC, CANADA – September 23, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BRP adds a police-specific version of its Can-Am Spyder three-wheel vehicle – the Can-Am Spyder F3-P – to its growing line of products adapted for government and commercial use.

“The three-wheel design eliminates the two biggest concerns of motorcycle officers,” said Police Chief James Mills from Benbrook, Texas. “It’s almost impossible to tip over and it’s easier to be seen by motorists in traffic.”

BRP consulted with police motorcycle experts to design and equip its police unit as well as to ensure the Spyder F3-P exceeded the current industry offering. The goal was to provide the best vehicle so law enforcement officers can do their job more safely, effectively and comfortably.

“This new model offers great benefits over traditional police motorcycles,” said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brands and Strategy at BRP. “Most important is the added peace-of mind and safety features this vehicle provides officers as they perform their important duties in our communities.”

The Can-Am Spyder F3-P is based on the F3 model, which features a cruising riding position and a lower centre of gravity, making it the most nimble Spyder yet. Along with its unique Y-frame configuration and array of sophisticated safety and security systems, the Spyder F3-P adds a layer of convenience with its police accessories such as a siren, LED emergency lights and increased cargo capacity, wired with 12V and USB connectors. Officers can also customize their bike’s fit for their size, stature and riding style with the F3 model’s industry-exclusive UFIT system of adjustable foot peg positions and alternative handlebars.

Cargo capacity received special attention to accommodate everything today’s motorcycle officers must carry. In addition to the trademark trunk in the nose of the Spyder vehicle, there is a standard aluminum top case and two optional side cases, for a category-leading total capacity of 140 L (37 gal).

Excellent acceleration and power come from a state-of-the-art Rotax 1330 ACE engine and flows through a reliable 6-speed semi-automatic transmission. The braking system is especially impressive for a police motorcycle – it is a simple one-pedal operation and its stopping distance was the best among its competitors at the 2015 and 2016 Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluation.

As the Spyder F3-P is a factory version of a civilian vehicle, it can be serviced easily by each department or at any Can-Am dealership in North America to get vehicles back on duty quickly, and without compromising BRP’s standard limited warranty.

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BRP’s new Can-Am Spyder F3-P vehicle for police departments.
Shown with optional side cases and decals. © 2015 BRP

The Can-Am Spyder F3-P is BRP’s latest addition to BRP’s growing Commercial and Government line-up, which includes the Sea-Doo SAR watercraft for search and rescue operations on waterways or Can-Am Law Enforcement off-road vehicles.

To learn more the Can-Am Spyder F3-P, visit our website  and see the Can-Am Spyder F3-P in action.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide. www.brp.com  @BRPnews  lawenforcement.brp.com

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Can-Am to Lend Name to Duel at Daytona During Speedweeks 2016

21 09 2015

Powersports Leader to Sponsor 150-Mile Races
Setting Field for the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – September 19, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  BRP, the manufacturer of world renowned motorized recreational vehicles and engines, will serve as the title sponsor for the 150-mile qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS), part of Speedweeks 2016. The races will be known as the Can-Am Duel At Daytona.

The Can-Am Duel At Daytona, scheduled for Thursday, February 18, are a pair of 150-mile qualifying races that finalize the starting line-up for the 58th annual DAYTONA 500, the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening event on Sunday, February 21. The Can-Am Duel At Daytona will feature every DAYTONA 500 entrant battling for a coveted starting spot in “The Great American Race”.

“We’re excited about developing this new partnership with BRP, the world leader in recreational vehicles,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “With two thrilling and unpredictable 150-mile qualifying races, the Can-Am Duel At Daytona will provide a great platform for BRP to promote its Can-Am products at the ‘World Center of Racing’.”

“BRP and its Can-Am products are synonymous with innovation and performance in the powersports industry,” said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brand and Strategy. “We feel that there’s a natural fit with NASCAR racers and their fans. Thanks to our association with Kappa, Cyclops Gear and the GoFAS race team, we are now a sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the title sponsor of the Can-Am Duel, the ultimate test before the Daytona 500.”

With Can-Am ATVs, side-by-side vehicles and Spyder roadsters, BRP is carrying on a long tradition of conquests. More than 30 years ago, the world discovered the Can-Am brand through revolutionary motocross bikes and its legend and winning spirit live on – with passion and exhilaration.

The events during Speedweeks 2016 will be the first to be held at Daytona International Speedway following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising frontstretch redevelopment project. Race fans will experience new amenities such as wider and more comfortable seats, spacious concourses, escalators and elevators, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concessions and merchandise stands.

Tickets for the Can-Am Duel At Daytona as well as other Speedweeks 2016 events are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube for the latest news throughout the season. Fans also can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the home of “The Great American Race” – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of “World Center of Racing.” In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide. www.brp.com   @BRPnews

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Can-Am Murray Racing Second at BITD Vegas To Reno

19 08 2015

VALCOURT, QUEBEC, CANADA – August 19, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers came away with two podiums at the 2015 Best In the Desert Vegas To Reno desert race. The Can-Am / ITP / Murray Racing team of Derek and Jason Murray finished second in Class 1900 in their Can-Am Maverick side-by-side. Can-Am Renegade 4×4 racer Chris Robinson put in a spectacular third-place ride in the Ironman division.

“The Murray brothers continue to show great preparation, consistency and driving skills in Best In The Desert racing. It was another stellar run and we were happy to see them reach the finish line,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “We had three Can-Am Maverick racers in the top 10 and were competing for the overall win the entire day at what is considered by many to be America’s toughest and longest desert race. We also were very impressed with the podium earned by Renegade racer Chris Robinson, who competed solo.”

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The No. 1917 Can-Am Maverick MAX X ds Turbo, driven by Derek and Jason Murray,
took second overall in Class 1900 at the Best In The Desert General Tire
Vegas To Reno held this past weekend in Nevada.

More than 50 side-by-side vehicles entered the 2015 General Tire Vegas To Reno, presented by FOX, the longest off-road racing in the United States. Along with thick, blinding dust, side-by-side racers also had to contend with fierce competitors, taxing desert terrain and, for the first time in BITD history, had to run along side the desert buggies and trucks. Despite the challenges, the No. 1917 Can-Am / ITP / Murray Racing Maverick MAX X ds 1000R Turbo, piloted by Derek and Jason Murray, was up to the task.

The Murray Racing team came out of the line in 20th, but were slowed initially by two sidewall punctures and dropped several positions. However, near the 280-mile marker, the team had moved into seventh. From there, Jason took over driving and pushed the Maverick Turbo X ds hard all the way to the finish to grab the second in Class 1900. The second-place finish also marked the fifth Vegas To Reno podiums in the last six events for the Murrays and their 36 consecutive BITD finish. The Can-Am / Murray Racing team is now in third place in the class standings.

“This was the most challenging Vegas To Reno we have raced, and our Can-Am Maverick MAX X ds Turbo provides the reliability, power and handling to consistently finish on the podium,” said Derek Murray. “Our 1917 Maverick ran flawlessly for 545 miles in the longest off-road race in the United States, using a fully stock drivetrain. The motor, gearbox, clutch, spindles, hubs are strong and built to last. This shows the quality that goes into every Can-Am built.”

Cory Sappington (Desert Toyz / Can-Am) earned an eighth-place finish in his No. 1904 Desert Toyz Maverick Turbo. Finishing one spot behind Sappington was Can-Am Maverick pilot Logan Gastel, giving Can-Am three finishers in the top 10. The S3 Powersports / Can-Am team of Dustin Jones and Shane Dowden, BITD Mint 400 Class 1900 overall winners, nearly grabbed another victory, having led for the vast majority of the race before having to drop out near the finish line.

On the ATV front, Can-Am Renegade 1000R X xc 4×4 racer Chris Robinson completed the race in the Ironman Expert (solo) Class and came away with a very impressive third place podium finish.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the performance of my Can-Am Renegade 1000. With the exception of a few bolts, the machine is mostly stock and held up superbly to the harsh Nevada desert. Thanks to my pit crew and to S3 for making me a part of their family,” said Robinson.

About BRP

BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide. www.brp.com

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