International Dealer News IDN 147 February/March 2019 - Page 14

news ROOM BMW Motorrad - 2018 sees BRIEFS eighth all-time sales high in succession NEWS Italian suspension manufacturer Bitubo’s nitrogen gas pressurised CLU rear monoshock features completely serviceable hydraulic spring pre-load, length, rebound and high/low compression adjustment. Indian Motorcycle has announced it is to accelerate the July 2018 announced plan to manufacture Scout models for Europe at its Polaris ATV/UTV facility in Poland. The intention is to “reduce the impact of the retaliatory tariffs on motorcycles imposed by the EU in response to the Trump administration’s aluminium and steel tariffs.” The facility in Poland will assemble CKD kits (Complete Knock Down) shipped there from its Spirit Lake, Iowa motorcycle manufacturing and assembly factory. Harley has confirmed that it will build its European models at the factory it commissioned in Q3 in Thailand. Further expansion of the initial build is to take place. Italian suspension specialist Andreani has updated its popular Misano fork cartridge. The EVO cartridge features a 20 mm piston with increased oil passages and adjustable compression, rebound and spring preload. Over 150 naked, street, sport and custom bike applications are available. PBR’s C45 tempered steel sprocket kits include EK Chain and an RSS front sprocket with rubber injected into its holes for “exceptional smoothness and noise suppression”. Sifam Motorcycle Parts is offering dealers access to a programme of Kyoto high-performance lead acid batteries and ElecThium Li-ion batteries with “Connect and Forget” universal application (12V, S.L.A, lead and A.G.M) chargers available. BMW Motorrad says it sold more motorcycles and maxi scooters in 2018 than ever before. Compared to 2017 deliveries increased by a further +0.9%. As of December 2018, a total of 165,566 vehicles were delivered to customers (164,153 units in 2017). Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, said that “2018 was another very successful year. We achieved a sales record for the eighth time in succession. I would like to thank our customers most sincerely for the great trust they placed in us again in 2018”. The company says this marks another step “towards reaching the planned sales target of 200,000 units in the year 2020. Schramm went on to say that “the 2018 sales figure shows that our motorcycle growth strategy is taking effect. This success was achieved due to the market launch of six new models as well as the powerful BMW Motorrad product portfolio, and we still have a great deal planned for the coming years. “Our ongoing model initiative in the premium segment continues - we will further expand our product range with emotional and innovative new products in 2019, too. We will also be increasing our involvement in motorsport significantly”. In the 2019 season, the new BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team will be lining up from the start with the BMW S 1000 RR. With 23,824 units, Germany was the largest single market for BMW Motorrad again, but “the good performances in the other big European markets and in the US were also a major cornerstone for these successful sales figures”. BMW’s most important markets in 2018 were