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28 • November 27, 2017 • Powersports Business www.PowersportsBusiness.com PWC BRP announced the Sea-Doo Spark Trixx personal watercraft has received a Good Design Award from the Japan Institute for Design Promotion. "This prestigious recognition proves convincingly that an affordable recreational product can have cutting-edge design and provide an amazing riding experience," said Denys Lapointe, BRP's senior vice-president of Design, Innovation and Corporate Image. Inspired by BMX bikes and extreme sports, the Spark Trixx stimulates the imagi- nation of riders and impels them to perform a wide variety of stunts that were originally only accessible to pros. Among other things, the Good Design Award jury was impressed by the light- weight and scratch-resistant Polytec mate- rial the Sea-Doo Spark Trixx is made of. "The angled footwell wedges, adjustable handlebar and comfortable grip contribute to a high-quality design that makes the user feel as if they are riding a bike on water," said the jury. In June, the Sea-Doo Spark Trixx as well as three other BRP products, the Can-Am Mav- erick X3 and Can-Am Defender MAX side- by-side vehicles and the Evinrude E-TEC G2 150-200 HP outboard engine, won Good Design Australia awards. REPORT: PWC SALES INCREASE IN SEPTEMBER Sales of personal watercraft increased in September, according to the latest Info- Link Bellwether report. This report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the U.S. boat market (varies by market segment and time of year). Boat sales slowed slightly in September when compared to August, when sales were up 4 percent. The growth rate has been mostly declining since its peak of 11 percent in 2016. Tow boats, personal watercraft and out- board boats led the way in September. Tow boats increased by 6 percent, personal water- craft 5 percent and outboard boats 4 percent. Sportfish boat sales increased by 1 per- cent, down from August's sales. The stern- drive/jet segment was the only category to decline, with sales down 5 percent from the previous year. NIKOLA POWERSPORTS TO ENTER PWC MARKET Nikola Powersports has acquired Free Form Factory Inc. to expand its reach to include watercraft and UTVs. Based in Sacramento, California, Free Form Factory designed electric watercraft and proprietary manufacturing technol- ogy. Jordan Darling, founder and CEO of Free Form Factory, will be transitioning to vice president of Nikola Powersports and will be responsible for both the watercraft and UTV lineup. "By April 2018, Nikola will have a produc- tion intent sit down personal watercraft that we believe will outperform the top internal combustion versions on the water and pro- vide up to a five-hour ride time with zero emissions and far less noise," said Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Company. "Nikola Powersports customers can spend the entire day at the lake without pol- luting the water, while having the ultimate fun. By using the Nikola Zero UTV technol- ogy, we have shaved years off the develop- ment program for this new PWC and will allow it to fast charge in as little as 30 min- utes," added Milton. Nikola Motor Company currently designs and manufactures electric vehicles, vehicle components, energy storage systems and electric vehicle drivetrains. SEA-DOO TOPS PRO OPEN IJSBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP For the seventh consecutive year, the Sea- Doo X-team sets records for winning the premier Pro Open and Pro GP classes of the 2017 IJSBA World Championship Finals. Kuwait's Mohammed Burbayea won his first Pro Open Championship abroad the Sea-Doo RXP-X and György Kasza of Hungary added to his champion- ships in the Pro GP class. Sea-Doo riders added to the podium count with Kasza finishing as the run- ner up in the Pro Open class. In the Pro GP class, the UK's prolific James Bushell finished in second place and Marcus Jor- genson of Denmark completed the X-Team podium sweep finishing in third. Kylie Elmers also added another Pro Women's championship to her resume aboard her Sea-Doo Center-backed RXP-X 300. The event, attended by the top riders in the world, proved the dynasty of performance dominance lives with the Sea-Doo T3 hull- equipped watercraft models. The Sea-Doo RXT, GTX, and WAKE PRO watercraft models made their public debut at IJSBA World Finals in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where guests were able to test ride the new platform featuring the ST3 hull. During the 2017 IJSBA World Finals, Select X-Team racers showcased the per- formance and specifically the stability and precise handling of the new RXT-X 300 in the Sea-Doo Bounty Invitational event. The Sea- Doo Bounty is a racer contingency program that pays Sea-Doo watercraft racers extra money for top finishes and includes a special World Finals event. Florida's Erminio Ianto- sca and Australia's Gee Greenland competed in the Sea-Doo Bounty 'Pop Man' Invitational final where both riders rode the new 2018 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 model around the World Finals track while having to pop several buoys in attempt to post the fastest one-lap time. Greenland showcased the RXT-X 300 stable and precise handling abilities the best by narrowly edging Iantosca by a mere three tenths of a second to claim the $1,000 bonus. NMMA: PWC REGISTRATIONS UP THROUGH AUGUST Personal watercraft registrations were up 7.3 percent through August, according to the New Powerboat Registrations Report from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The PWC trend is similar to other pow- erboat segments. Tow boats were up 8.3 percent year-over-year; cruiser registrations grew 7.9 percent; pontoons increased by 7.5 percent; outboard boats were up 5.2 percent; and larger boats of 27-feet and greater grew 8.8 percent. Overall, new powerboat registra- tions increased 5.3 percent year-over-year through August. PSB DIGEST Sea-Doo Trixx wins prestigious design award The Sea-Doo Spark Trixx was designed at BRP's Centre Design & Innovation Laurent Beaudoin, located in the company's hometown of Valcourt in Quebec, Canada. Photo courtesy of Sea-Doo Sea-Doo offered test rides on its 2018 Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 and GTX Limited during the 2017 IJSBA World Finals. Photos courtesy of Sea-Doo Sea-Doo Marcus Jorgensen during his Pro GP class debut. Jorgensen completed the X-Team podium sweep by finishing in third place. Sea-Doo racer Mohammed Burbayea claims his first Pro Open championship. Sales of PWC increased 5 percent in September, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. Photo courtesy of Info-Link

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