Bombardier wins prestigious 'Watercraft Of The Year' award with the 2002 Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC

Bombardier has long been known for winning accolades for achievement in design and innovation for its Sea-Doo® watercraft product line. Once again Bombardier must make room in the Sea-Doo trophy case, as the 2002 Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC™ has been named "Watercraft of the Year" by Watercraft World magazine.

After a full Summer of riding the four "Watercraft of the Year" finalists, Watercraft World magazine said this about the 2002 GTX 4-TEC in the story titled "The New Math" featured in the new November issue:

"The one craft that made all of the new math seem logical, the craft whose whole was truly greater than the sum of its parts. The one that the "Watercraft of the Year" criteria - innovation, market appeal, and long-term impact on the industry - set head and shoulders above the pack. Our 2002 Watercraft of the Year? Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC."

"Winning the Watercraft of the Year award for the Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC is truly a great honour" says Pierre Arsenault, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Snowmobiles, Watercraft, and ATVs for Bombardier Recreational Products. "This is the fifth time a Sea-Doo watercraft has been named recipient of this award. The success that Bombardier and the new owners of the GTX 4-TEC have enjoyed is a direct result of the passion and dedication that the Bombardier Team displays everyday for our products, the sport, and our customers."

Watercraft World finishes its article by saying:

"Sea-Doo pretty much delivered on the potential they said a four stroke would have - a reliable, environmentally sound engine that accelerated hard, boasted an impressive top speed, and performed with an all-around versatility second to none. Congratulations to Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC on a well-deserved victory."

The 2002 Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC watercraft is the first of a family of more environmentally friendly four-stroke powered watercraft from Bombardier. The 1494cc Rotax® 4-TEC marine engine is the cleanest ever produced for a Sea-Doo watercraft and the revolutionary D-Sea-Bel™ sound reduction system makes the GTX 4-TEC the quietest watercraft ever produced1. In addition to these attributes, the new O.P.A.S.™ (Off Power Assisted Steering) system and Sea-Doo Learning Key™ have been commended by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Bureau) and gives operators greater piece of mind.

The Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC returns in 2003 and is accompanied by a super charged version of the reigning "Watercraft of the Year". Now the 185 horsepower 2003 Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC Supercharged watercraft brings more power to what has been coined the "New Era of Watercraft". For more information on these exciting new 2003 GTX 4-TEC watercraft visit www.Sea-Doo.com or visit an authorized Sea-Doo dealer.

Bombardier Recreational Products designs, develops, builds, distributes and markets utility vehicles, Rotax® engines, Ski-Doo® and Lynx® snowmobiles, Bombardier™ ATVs, Sea-Doo® watercraft and sport boats, Bombardier Fish Hawk™ fishing boats as well as Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard marine engines and Ficht® direct fuel injection technology.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 80,000 people in 24 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2002 stood at $21.6 billion Cdn. Bombardier trades on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

®,TM Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
GTX is a registered trademark of Castrol Limited used under license.
1 As measured at 75 feet while at wide open throttle by Personal Watercraft Illustrated, June 2002 issues.

For information:
Marc R. Lacroix
Director, Communications and Public Relations -
Snowmobiles, Watercraft and ATVs
Bombardier Recreational Products
(819) 566-3350
[email protected]

Tim McKercher
Coordinator, Communications and Public Relations - Watercraft
Bombardier Recreational Products
(321) 431-1691
[email protected]


Backgrounder

The Sea-Doo Watercraft and Sport Boat Trophy Case

Bombardier has always been a leader in technology, design, innovation, safety, environment and responsibility in the marine industry. Take a look at the awards and honors that Sea-Doo® watercraft and sport boats have received over the last 13 years and you'll see why.

2002

  • Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC™ watercraft named "Watercraft of the Year" by Watercraft World Magazine
  • Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC watercraft named winner of the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturer Association) Innovation Award
  • Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC watercraft named winner of Editor's Choice Award from Motorboating Magazine
  • Sea-Doo Islandia™ sport boat named winner of the IDM (Institute of Design Montreal) Excellence in Industrial Design Award
  • Sea-Doo GTX DI and GTX named "Best of the Best" in class by Watercraft World Magazine

2001

  • Sea-Doo named favorite watercraft manufacturer in Watercraft World Magazine 2001 Readers' Choice Awards
  • Sea-Doo GTX DI watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Deluxe Three-Seater Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo GTX DI watercraft named winner of Watercraft World Magazine "Deluxe Cruiser Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo RX™ watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Musclecraft Shooout"
  • Sea-Doo XP™ watercraft named test riders choice as best 2001 Musclecraft in Watercraft World Magazine
  • Sea-Doo Islandia sport boat awarded Gold IDEA (Industrial Design Excellence) Medal by the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America)

2000

  • Sea-Doo XP watercraft named "Watercraft of the Century" by Watercraft World Magazine
  • Sea-Doo RX DI watercraft named "Watercraft of the Year" by Watercraft World Magazine
  • Sea-Doo RX watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Musclecraft Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo Islandia sport boat wins Innovation Award from Motor Boating & Sailing magazine
  • Sea-Doo watercraft brand wins "Designs of the Decade" award from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and Business Week magazine

1999

  • Sea-Doo GTX Ltd. watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Deluxe Three-Seater Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo LRV™ watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Four-Seater Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo GTX RFI watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Green Machine Shootout" for environmentally sensitive watercraft
  • Sea-Doo XP watercraft named winner of Fun Jet magazine
  • Sea-Doo Challenger™ 1800 sport boat named "Preferred Runabout" in Popular Mechanics

1998

  • Sea-Doo GTX Ltd. watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Deluxe Three-Seater Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo XP watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Muscleboat Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo XP watercraft named winner of Splash magazine "High-Performance Two-Seater Test"
  • Sea-Doo GTX RFI watercraft wins "Innovation Award" from Watercraft World Magazine
  • Sea-Doo GTX RFI watercraft wins "Innovation Award" from Splash magazine
  • Sea--Doo GTX RFI watercraft wins "Innovation Award" from Motor Boating & Sailing
  • Sea-Doo Challenger 1800 sport boat wins "Gold Award" for design from the IDSA
  • Sea-Doo XP watercraft wins "Silver Award" for design from the IDSA
  • Sea-Doo GTX RFI watercraft el wins "Innovation of the Year" from Popular Mechanics
  • Sea-Doo SP™ watercraft 1996 Best Value Overall Gold Award, Watercraft World

1997

  • Sea-Doo XP watercraft named "Watercraft of the Year" by Watercraft World Magazine
  • Sea-Doo Challenger 1800 sport boat wins "Innovation Award" from Motor Boating & Sailing
  • Sea-Doo GTI™ watercraft named winner of the Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Mid-range Three-Seater Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo 1998 GTX RFI watercraft wins "Best of What's New" Award by Popular Science magazine
  • Sea-Doo XP watercraft receives a Gold award from Design Engineering magazine.

1996

  • Sea-Doo GTX watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Three-Seater Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo GSX™ watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Big-Bore Runabout Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo SPX™ watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Mid-range Runabout Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo SP watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Low-Budget Runabout Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo Speedster™ sport boat wins "Award of Excellence" from Sea magazine
  • Sea-Doo SP watercraft wins Best Value Overall Gold Award from Watercraft World Magazine

1995

  • Sea-Doo HX™ watercraft wins "Innovation Award" from IMTEC
  • Sea-Doo Speedster sport boat wins "Silver Award" for design from the IDSA
  • Sea-Doo HX watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Sportcraft Shootout"
  • Sea-Doo GTX watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Three-Seater Shootout"

1994

  • Sea-Doo Speedster sport boat wins "Innovation Award" from Motor Boating & Sailing magazine
  • Sea-Doo Speedster sport boat wins "Design of the Year" from IDSA and Business Week magazine
  • Sea-Doo XP sport boat named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Performance Runabout Shootout"

1992

  • Sea-Doo GTX watercraft named "Watercraft of the Year" by Watercraft World Magazine, then known as Water Scooter magazine

1991

  • Sea-Doo XP watercraft named "Watercraft of the Year" by Watercraft World Magazine, then known as Water Scooter magazine
  • Sea-Doo XP watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated "Two-Person Watercraft Shootout"

1989

  • Sea-Doo 5802 watercraft named as Popular Mechanics magazine's "New Product of the Year"
  • Sea-Doo 5802 watercraft named winner of Personal Watercraft Illustrated magazine's "Two-Person Watercraft Shootout"

®™ Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
GTX is a registered trademark of Castrol Limited used under license.

For information:
Marc R. Lacroix
Director, Communications and Public Relations -
Snowmobiles, Watercraft and ATVs
Bombardier Recreational Products
(819) 566-3350
[email protected]

Tim McKercher
Coordinator, Communications and Public Relations-Watercraft
Bombardier Recreational Products
(321) 431-1691
[email protected]