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New Ski-Doo engine, platform started from ICE

By Dave McMahon

CEO Boisjoli’s mandate led to 2017 model launch

BRP president and CEO José Boisjoli came up with an interesting moniker for the all-new 2017 platform and engine that was revealed during the Ski-Doo dealer meeting earlier this year in Dallas.

Project “ICE” didn’t leave many questions unanswered: Incredible. Consumer. Experience. But Boisjoli himself wondered if he had tasked his team with an impossible goal on that blank sheet of paper.

BRP president and CEO José Boisjoli was proud to see his team launch an all-new engine and platform for the 2017 model year.

BRP president and CEO José Boisjoli was proud to see his team launch an all-new engine and platform for the 2017 model year.

“In a nutshell, true to our DNA, the challenge was to set a new benchmark for the snowmobile riding experience,” Boisjoli said. “To be frank, I wondered if my challenge to the team was even possible. Having ridden the new sled, I can tell you that BRP truly delivered the mandate, an incredible consumer experience.”

Ski-Doo snowmobile dealers were equally fired up upon learning of the development of the Rotax 850 E-TEC 2-stroke engine that was developed for the REV Gen 4 platform. In fact, on a video screen during the Dallas meeting that featured pre-recorded interviews, dealers reflected on the impact of innovation by BRP at the dealership level. Some reflected on the sales numbers, and others appreciated the ability of the brand to bring customers back to their stores to see what new innovations, with comments like:

“Their determination is relentless.”

“They gotta keep that throttle pinned, just like a racer does. The moment they let off it, somebody else is trying to pass them.”

“It’s up to the dealers and the early adopters to really make the revolution.”

“I feel strongly that it’s our responsibility as a dealer to be ready for this next revolution. We need to deliver above that expectation of the consumer, the same way we expect that manufacturer delivers above our expectations.”

“Bring us that innovation.”

And if Ski-Doo dealers were coming off a sub-par snowmobile sales season due to a lack of snowfall or economic factors, the hope is that the 2016-17 season will bring new excitement through their doors.

Dealers were excited to get some seat time on the new models.

Dealers were excited to get some seat time on the new models.

As Boisjoli told the dealers in attendance: “The winter of 2002 was as bad as this year in many regions. And we reacted promptly like we did this year. We rolled out a major promotional program and followed up with the introduction of the exceptional REV platform in 2003. The following year, Ski-Doo gained 12 points market share in Canada and 10 points in the U.S. And Ski-Doo was once again the No. 1 in the snowmobile industry. What an incredible time it was. It was a unique moment in my career, and I will remember it forever. This year, I have a feeling that we will repeat history. I truly believe that the product will have a similar impact of the Ski-Doo revolution of 2003.”

Key to the ICE mandate was to combine the characteristics of a 2-stroke engine with the benefits of a 4-stroke. “All snowmobilers like the power-to-weight ratio and the zip of a 2-stroke, but I wanted to have the 4-stroke benefit of smoothness and durability,” Boisjoli said. “This was a big challenge, but I was convinced we were the only company who had the capacity to achieve this without compromise.”

Top dealers honored

Rob’s Performance Motorsports of Johnson Creek, Wis., was named Ski-Doo’s 2016 U.S. Dealer of the Year at the annual dealer meeting in Dallas. The dealership is a repeat winner of the award, and adds to its collection of honors. The dealership also was named Ski-Doo U.S. Dealer of the Year in 1994, 2001 and 2006.

Following are the 2016 Ski-Doo District Sales Winners for North America:

Arctic Adventures, Rosendale, NY

Big St. Charles Motorsports LLC, St. Charles, MO

Dealers jockeyed for position to get photos of the new sleds for their dealership social media outlets.

Dealers jockeyed for position to get photos of the new sleds for their dealership social media outlets.

Contant Laval, Laval, QC

Delta Powersports, Delta Junction, AK

Dion Moto Inc., Saint-Raymond, QC

DR Powersports, Waterloo, IA

Ecklund Motorsports & Marine, Oshkosh, WI

Enns Brothers Ltd., Winnipeg, MB

Factory Recreation, Midland, ON

Giesler Marine Limited, Powassan, ON

Grace Performance, Smiths Creek, MI

Ingles Performance, Inc., Phoenix, NY

Island Park Adventures LLC, Island Park, ID

Johnny K’s Powersports, Burbank, OH

Kurtz Kawasaki & Ski-Doo, Watsontown, PA

Lanteigne Sports, Caraquet, NB

Leaders RPM, Kalamazoo, MI

Lemiuex Garage, Inc., Colebrook, NH

Lockhart’s Odyssey, Courtland, ON

Martin Motor Sports, Edmonton, AB

Notre-Dame Agencies Ltd Lewisporte, Lewisporte, NL

Performance N.C. Inc.-St-German de Grantham, St-Germain de Grantham, QC

Jeff Nielsen from Nielsen Enterprises in Lake Villa, Ill., was a featured dealer on the video board at the Ski-Doo dealer meeting.

Jeff Nielsen from Nielsen Enterprises in Lake Villa, Ill., was a featured dealer on the video board at the Ski-Doo dealer meeting.

Polar Tech, Yellowknife, NT

Powersports Regina Ltd., White City, SK

Progressive Motorsports, Inc., Hudson Falls, NY

Ray’s Sport & Cycle, Grand Rapids, MN

Rice Honda Suzuki, Rapid City, SD

Rob’s Performance Motorsports, Johnson Creek, WI*

RPM Motorsports, Littleton, CO

RTR Performance Inc., Kamloops, BC

SK Northwest, Inc, Portland, OR

Smith Marine, Doylestown, PA

Sports D.R.C., Alma, QC

St. Boni Motor Sports, St. Bonifacius, MN

Tom’s Snowmobile & Service, Sierra City, CA

Weller Recreation, Inc., Kamas, UT

* — 2015 and 2016 U.S. Ski-Doo Dealer of the Year

 

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