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Indian Motorcycle Returns to BRIEFS AIMExpo Las Vegas, October 11-14 NEWS BRP has inaugurated its new, modernized manufacturing facility at Valcourt, Quebec. The installation of a new, ultramodern production equipment for Can-Am Spyder vehicle and Ski-Doo snowmobile assembly lines “increases the facility’s efficiency, flexibility for innovation and engineering, and optimizes its manufacturing infrastructure and logistics.” BRP is owner of Austrian engine manufacturer Rotax. The American Motorcyclist Association has adopted an official position statement on automated vehicles that calls on government agencies and elected officials to include motorcyclists in the ongoing discussion, planning and implementation of the policies and regulations governing the rollout of automated vehicles. Harley dropped to sixth place in market share terms in Germany for the period to July 2018, posting sales of 8,364 units YTD for a 10.15% share – up from 6,983 units YTD 2017. Its top sellers have been the Street Bob (655 units), XL 1200X (598), Fat Bob 114” (586), Breakout 114” (527) and Sport Glide (491). BMW remains ‘Top Dog’ in its home market, selling 17,634 units YTD (which is some 2,000 units down on the first seven months of 2017) for a 21.41% share (from 25.42%), with the top selling R 1200 GS accounting for 5,856 of those units. The UTV World Championship will return to Laughlin, Nevada, on April 4-7 2019 for a fifth annual event that is set to capitalize on the 150,000 worldwide live stream audience reached this year. Indian Motorcycle will return to The American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide (AIMExpo) as an OEM exhibitor for the 2018 event, with an additional presence at AIMExpo Outdoors! where it will host demo rides of its 2019 model line-up. “We felt it was important to have a presence at the country’s premier powersports trade show, and our experience at AIMExpo last year provided us with unparalleled access to dealers, media and consumers,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “We recognize the value the show provides and the vital role it plays in the industry, and with the move to Las Vegas we wanted to make sure we’re a part of AIMExpo’s west coast debut.” Each 2019 Indian model will be available to ride at AIMExpo Outdoors!, while also being prominently featured on the exhibit floor alongside the recently unveiled custom motorcycles from non- professional builders from “The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off” competition. “Indian Motorcycle is the hallmark brand of motorcycles in America, and its desire to utilize the AIMExpo presented by Nationwide platform to reach every facet of the industry under one roof will be well received with the contingent of media, dealers and consumers making the trip to Las Vegas,” said Cinnamon Kernes, Show Director. “Indian is taking full advantage of the opportunity the event provides with a prominent presence both indoors and outdoors. With the addition of Powersports Industry Week and an even larger contingent of enthusiasts descending on The Strip, Indian Motorcycle is sure to see a high volume of traffic.” AIMExpo also announced that Vanderhall Motor Works Inc. of Provo, Utah will exhibit this year. The company says it plans to unveil the ‘Carmel’ - the newest addition to what becomes a five model line-up of American made “reverse trike” roadsters. Show visitors will also be able to get behind the wheel of a Vanderhall roadster at AIMExpo Outdoors! Founded in 2010 by Steve Hall, Vanderhall produces hand-built, three-wheeled autocycles that feature a retro design “in the spirit of the American roadster, with a sleek and refined elegance that stands alone.” “AIMExpo presented by Nationwide features the most diverse gathering of brands in the powersports industry, and the addition of Vanderhall personifies the dynamic collection of vehicles and products that attendees can see and experience,” said Show Director Cinnamon Kernes. “We’re excited to provide the opportunity to bring another American-made company into the spotlight, and Vanderhall recognizes the unparalleled valu