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INDUSTRY - Powersports vehicles

Québec: a world leader in powersports vehicles

The manufacturing industry of motorized recreational vehicles produces many types of personal vehicles used primarily for sports or recreation on water and on land. This industry includes companies involved in:

  • Design
  • Production of parts and accessories
  • Assembly of motorcycles, snowmobiles, watercrafts, all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and roadsters

Québec has built a reputation as a world leader in the snowmobile and watercraft industry; and more recently particularly in roadsters because of technological innovations, investments in research and development, and because of the presence of the largest manufacturer of these products worldwide -- Bombardier Recreational Products inc. (BRP). Sector performance also depends on the presence in Québec of some SMEs that each manufacture a specific type of vehicle, and a hundred others that manufacture parts, components, modules and systems for powersports vehicles.

The market requires manufacturers of powersports vehicles to provide consumers with continuously renewed products. The trend of the industry is to make vehicles more fuel-efficient, less noisy and more user-safe. New technological advances will help achieve these goals.

Source: MDEIE —Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE), 2008