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    New models, new technology, limited edition graphics, and spring programs; the excitement of the new for 2012 snowmobile models is here, and your chance to see them in person is ending soon.

    The 2012 Manufacturer’s Sneak Peek tour is nearly half over, and once the tour is done, so too is your chance to be one of the first to see and touch the new models.

    The Sneak Peek tour showcases the latest new models from Arctic Cat, Polaris, and Yamaha all in one place. Check out the all new ProCross and ProMountain chassis from Cat, take a seat on the new Pro-Ride Switchback models from Polaris, and learn how Yamaha has doubled its power steering offerings for 2012.

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      From July 10 to 17, 2011, BRP will host the largest event of its history in Montréal, Québec. Over 4,000 dealers and distributors from more than 100 countries will visit Montréal and the Eastern Townships.

      All regions of the world will be represented: Latin America including Brazil and the Caribbean, all parts of Europe including Russia, the Middle-East and Africa, Asia-Pacific as well as the NAFTA countries, Canada, the United States and Mexico.

      “Although we have been present in many markets outside North America for several years, we started to really focus on international markets in 2005,” says José Boisjoli, president and CEO.

      “Six years later, we can be proud of our leading position in North America and of our international expansion; it is time to celebrate and invite our dealers, distributors, employees, suppliers, representatives of the media as well as the general public to show them our origins and what fuels our passion.”

      The Palais des congrès de Montréal (convention centre) will become a large showroom where all the latest models of BRP product brands (Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Rotax, and Can-Am) will be on display. Another section will showcase concept vehicles, prototypes and technological innovations never before seen by the public. BRP will also provide participants with the opportunity to test-ride or take a closer look at all the products in an Ultimate Playground setting.

      BRP will also extend an invitation, for the first time in its history, to members of the general public for July 16 and 17 so they can discover in person what BRP is all about.

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        Nick Musters covered an amazing 3,069 kilometers (1,907 miles) aboard one of BRP’s Ski-Doo MX Z snowmobiles powered by a Rotax E-TEC 800R engine to establish the world record for the greatest distance traveled on a snowmobile in twenty-four hours. Musters’ feat breaks the official world record (2,372 km) by 697 km and an as-of-yet unrecognized 2010 run by 163 km.

        The record run, which was moved back a month because of weather conditions, started March 8 at 9:20 a.m. at Norway Point on Lake of Bays in Baysville, Ontario with the closed course running around Bigwin Island and covering ten kilometers per lap. The course was professionally surveyed and the complete run was monitored by scorekeepers recording times and distances traveled each lap, along with video cameras documenting the course and official time clock.

        The distance Musters covered over one day equates to a blistering average speed of 127 km/h (79.5 mph), including stops for fuel and food along the way.

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          The 2012 Polaris Snow Check Select early order program offers riders more sleds and more choices – but they’re only available for a limited time.

          A snowmobiler ordering a new 2012 Polaris through Snow Check Select can select features such as the sled’s windshield height, accessories, and on selected models, the engine, sled color, convenience features, track and seat.

          Available exclusively through Snow Check Select is the 800 Rush Pro-R LE, a limited-edition model with ultra-performance Walker Evans shocks, a deep-lug Cobra track, Rox adjustable handlebar riser, exclusive graphics package (with two exclusive color options), trellis-style storage rack and a personalized nameplate.

          “We designed Snow Check Select so Polaris riders can order their new sleds with the exact equipment and style they want,” says Scott Swenson, VP of the Polaris Snowmobile and PG&A Division. “They’ll take delivery of new sleds with their choice of performance, comfort, convenience and graphics.”

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            Snowmobiles have come a long way in just a short amount of time. One glance at the recently released 2012 snowmobile lineups will leave most snowmobile enthusiasts with mouths agape as they try to think of a way to get one of those new sleds into their garages.

            Just think how much better sleds are than they were just 10 years ago. Four-stroke technology has blossomed and two-stroke engines are running cleaner and quieter than ever before. Engines are smoother and more powerful while suspension systems are constantly evolving. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t look fondly back at the sleds of yesteryear from time to time.

            A recent perusing of YouTube revealed the diminutive Yamaha SnoScoot is still bringing smiles to the faces of some owners. It certainly won’t zip across the lake at 100 mph, but what young snowmobiler wouldn’t have a blast tooling around the snow on this little scoot?

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