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Longtime OEM CEO to step down this winter

October 28, 2010

For the first time since the 1980s, Arctic Cat will enter a new year with new leadership. The company announced longtime CEO Christopher Twomey will retire as CEO at the end of December. Twomey, however, will continue to serve on Arctic Cat’s board of directors as chairman. Replacing Twomey will be... Read more »

Honda releases new sport motorcycle

October 28, 2010

American Honda Motor Co. has announced the release of an all-new sport bike, the CBR250R, according to a press release from the company. The 2011 model, which will be available in the spring, has a newly designed 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with a four-valve DOHC cylinder head, engine... Read more »

Bel-Ray adds Canadian distributor

October 28, 2010

Bel-Ray Co., Inc., a U.S.-based lubrication manufacturing company, has added Importations Thibault to its Canadian powersports distribution channel, Bel-Ray announced in a press release. Importations Thibault, a distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories for motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile dealers,... Read more »

Exclusive industry data now available online

October 28, 2010

Powersports Business’ 2010 Market Data Book & Suppliers Directory, which features a host of exclusive powersports industry data, is now available online. The annual data source provides U.S. market share on the industry’s key vehicle categories as well as a host of other exclusive powersports... Read more »

Kawasaki, BMW recall motorcycles

October 28, 2010

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. and BMW of North America have recently announced motorcycle recalls to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Kawasaki is recalling certain 2009-2010 Vulcans because the engine may stall if the rider is coasting with the clutch pulled in because of... Read more »

Building your website traffic through search engines

October 28, 2010

The majority of a website’s search engine traffic comes from Google, Yahoo or Bing. Have you checked recently to see how your site is ranking with these search engines? If you are looking to improve the ranking, there are steps that you can take to optimize your site. Optimization is the term generally... Read more »

Converting inactive customers into floor traffic

October 27, 2010

Scenario (based upon a real-life customer service call center report) – A dealership recently changes owners. The new owner hires a call center to contact every person in the system that has not stepped foot in the dealership in more than a year. There are more than 5,000 people to contact. Everyone... Read more »

BMW records record sales month

October 26, 2010

BMW reported a historic month of September for its worldwide motorcycle sales. The company’s sales increased 4.5 percent from the year-ago month, with more than 8,000 worldwide deliveries to its customers. For the year, BMW’s sales remain well above its 2009 total. BMW’s 2010 sales through September... Read more »

National Retail Foundation: Holiday spending will increase

October 26, 2010

Despite continuing news that the economy is still struggling to recover, American consumers are expected to pony up for holiday purchases. The National Retail Foundation (NRF) is forecasting holiday retail sales will increase by 2.3 percent this year to $447.1 billion. Last year the increase was only... Read more »

ARI launches PartStream 2.0

October 26, 2010

ARI, a provider of technology-enabled business solutions, has released an update to its PartStream software, the company announced today. PartStream 2.0’s new interface is designed to make shopping an online parts catalog easier on an ARI Web site or a third-party site. The improvements will include:... Read more »

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