Bombardier Introduces 800 2-TEC SDI Engine For 2003 Ski-Doo Snowmobiles

Sherbrooke, Québec, 2002-03-11

A two-stroke engine with lower hydrocarbon emissions and better fuel economy

Bombardier launches the Rotax® 800 2-TEC® SDI engine for Ski-Doo® snowmobiles and by doing so introduces semi-direct injection two-stroke technology to the market. The 800 2-TEC SDI engine offers as much as a 50% reduction in hydrocarbon emissions and up to 25% better fuel economy than traditional carbureted snowmobiles, while delivering performance equal to that of a conventional two-stroke engine.

The new Rotax 800 2-TEC SDI engine follows the introduction last Fall of Bombardier's new Rotax V1000 4-TEC® engine. Bombardier thus offers cleaner technology in both two and four stroke configurations. The emissions reduction and fuel economy benefits of both engines are similar, accomplishing the same cleaner emissions goals in different ways. Both engines are being offered in a number of 2003 production Ski-Doo snowmobile models.

Bombardier considers a strong environmental commitment as a priority. Furthermore, these new technologies must be affordable for and acceptable to its customers since they make the final decision on what will succeed and what will not. By offering a choice of cleaner emission engines, Bombardier hopes to accelerate consumer acceptance of new technologies for more environmentally-friendly products.

Bombardier has a strong legacy of environmental commitment. Bombardier also introduced 75% cleaner, quieter, direct injection technology to watercraft, and the new four-stroke powered Sea-Doo GTX+ 4-TECTM watercraft delivers efficiency in both fuel consumption and air emission control. Bombardier's Digital Performance ManagementTM electronic carburation system and R.A.V.E.TM exhaust port modifiers have reduced emissions and increased fuel economy on Ski-Doo snowmobiles for more than six years.

A central computer in the Rotax 800 2-TEC SDI engine monitors ambient temperature, altitude, engine temperature, throttle position and RPM, then makes adjustments to optimize efficiency and performance. A knock sensor works with the computer to prevent problems by retarding ignition or enriching fuel/air mixture if it senses the engine is running too hot. With no choke, an operator can just press the electric start button and go. Easier to operate, this engine is a no compromise alternative for snowmobilers.

Bombardier Recreational Products designs, develops, builds, distributes and markets Ski-Doo® and Lynx® snowmobiles, snowgrooming equipment and multi-purpose tracked vehicles, Bombardier® all-terrain vehicles, Sea-Doo® watercraft and sport boats, Bombardier Fish HawkTM fishing boats as well as the Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard marine engines and the Ficht Ram Injection® technology. Snowmobiles, ATVs, watercraft and some sport boats are powered by Rotax® engines that are designed and built by Bombardier-Rotax GmbH, which also builds motors for motorcycles, scooters, karts and aircraft.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and service company, is a world leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It is also a provider of financial services and asset management. The Corporation employs 79,000 people in 24 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific and its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2001 totalled $16.1 billion Cdn.

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For information:
Marc R. Lacroix
Manager, Public Relations and Communications
Snowmobiles, Watercraft, ATVs - Canada
(819) 566-3350