Joseph Armand Bombardier (The Inventor Of The Snowmobile)

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In History
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    Joseph Armald Bombardier Developes What Is Now Known As The Modern Snowmobile.

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  • Joseph Gets His First Patent

    Joseph Gets His First Patent
    Joseph Armand Bombardier obtains his first patent for the development of a tracked vehicle for travelling over snow. He later named it the "B7 Snowmobile".
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  • Joseph Starts His First Company

    Joseph Starts His First Company
    Joseph starts up a company named L'Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée in Valcour, Quebec. The company builds tracked vehicles for travelling over snow.
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  • Joseph Sets Up A Mass Production Plant

    Joseph Sets Up A Mass Production Plant
    L'Auto-Neige Bombardier sets up a large, 1000 unit mass production plant.
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  • Bombardier Launches 2 New Vehicles

    Bombardier Launches 2 New Vehicles
    After the war, 2 new tracked vehicles, the C18 and the B12, ensured the health of the business.
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  • Bombardier Launches 2 New Utility Vehicles

    Bombardier Launches 2 New Utility Vehicles
    Joseph starts designing and producing the SW Snow Groomer and the Muskeg utility vehicles for the forestry, mining, and utilities industries.
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  • Joseph Researches A Small Snowmobile

    Joseph Researches A Small Snowmobile
    Joseph A. Bombardier intensifies his research on the small snowmobile he has been dreaming of as a boy.
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  • The Ski-Doo Is Launched

    The Ski-Doo Is Launched
    The Ski-doo snowmobile is launched. Joseph is the first to mass- produce snowmobiles. He had created a new sport.
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  • The Skidoo Undergoes Modifications

    The Skidoo Undergoes Modifications
    The Ski-doo undergoes modifications with a new fiberglass hood and replacement of the Kohler and JLO engines by the Austrian Rotax engine.
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  • Joseph Produces The Terrain Master

    Joseph Produces The Terrain Master
    Joseph starts production of the "Terrain Master", a multi-purpose, multi-terrain, tracked vehicle.
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  • Bombardier Launches The First Sea-Doo

    Bombardier Launches The First Sea-Doo
    Launch of the first Sea-Doo personal watercraft.
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  • Bombardier's Stock Is Listed On The TSX

    Bombardier's Stock Is Listed On The TSX
    Bombardier's stock is listed on the Montreal and Toronto stock exchanges, where two million public shares are publically offered.
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  • Bombardier Launches The Skidozer

    Bombardier Launches The Skidozer
    Joseph launches the new Skidozer 250 vehicle for grooming ski slopes.
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  • Bombardier Markets The Skidozer SV 200

    Bombardier Markets The Skidozer SV 200
    The Skidozer SV200 trail grooming vehicle is marketed as part of “Operation SnoPlan”. This program was key to the development and maintenance of groomed trails as well as to the promotion of snowmobile safety.
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  • Bombardier Launches 4 New Snowmobiles

    Bombardier Launches 4 New Snowmobiles
    Joseph launches the Elan, Skandic, Valmont and Blizzard Ski-Doo models.
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  • Acquisation Of The Snowmobile Manufacturer Moto-Ski

    Acquisation Of The Snowmobile Manufacturer Moto-Ski
    Acquisation of the snowmobile manufacturer Moto-Ski.
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  • A Can-Am Motorcycle Division Is Created

    A Can-Am Motorcycle Division Is Created
    A new division is created for Can-Am motorcycles. The product line includes motocross, road and all-terrain high-performance models.
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  • The Millionth Ski-Doo Is Made

    The Millionth Ski-Doo Is Made
    On August 19th, 1973, the one millionth Ski-Doo snowmobile is manufactured.
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  • Snowmobile Tech Improves

    Snowmobile Tech Improves
    The technology, safety features, look and comfort of Ski-Doo snowmobiles have improved. Joseph works closely with snowmobiling clubs to build several trail networks.
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  • Bombardier Credit Inc. Is Started In The US

    Bombardier Credit Inc. Is Started In The US
    Bombardier Inc. creates its American subsidiary, Bombardier Credit Inc. The inventory financing services then extend to other Bombardier-made recreational products.
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  • Bombardier's Research Center Expanded

    Bombardier's Research Center Expanded
    Bombardier's research centre in Valcourt, Québec, is developed and expanded.
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  • A New Snow Groomer Is Introduced To America

    A New Snow Groomer Is Introduced To America
    1981-1982. The BR-400 alpine ski hill snow groomer is introduced to the North American market.
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  • Bombardier Is the Official Supplier Of The Sarajevo Olympic Games

    Bombardier Is the Official Supplier Of The Sarajevo Olympic Games
    Bombardier is the official supplier of tracked vehicles for the Sarajevo Olympic Winter Games, which included alpine snowgroomers, Nordic ski trail groomers, and snowmobiles. The event started on February 8th, and ended on the 19th.
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  • Bombardier Is The Official Supplier Of The Calgary Olympic Winter Games

    Bombardier Is The Official Supplier Of The Calgary Olympic Winter Games
    Bombardier is the official supplier of grooming vehicles and snowmobiles for the Calgary Olympic Winter Games. The event started on February 13th, and ended on the 28th.
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  • Bombardier Acquires Facilities Through A Partnership With A Finnish Company

    Bombardier Acquires Facilities Through A Partnership With A Finnish Company
    Bombardier establishes an equal partnership with a Finnish company and acquires snowmobile manufacturing facilities. Nordtrac Oy, Finland’s sole snowmobile manufacturer, with management and operations concentrated in Rovaniemi, builds Lynx® snowmobiles designed especially for the European market. Today, the company is fully owned by BRP and named BRP Finland Oy.
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  • Bombardier Buys Out "Universal Go-Tract"

    Bombardier Buys Out "Universal Go-Tract"
    In February, Bombardier acquires the Pointe-Claire, Quebec, assets and operations of the tracked vehicle division of the American company "Universal Go-Tract" and those of "Universal Go-Tract of Georgia Ltd" in White, Georgia.
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  • The Two Millionth Ski-Doo Is Manufactured

    The Two Millionth Ski-Doo Is Manufactured
    On September 14, the two millionth Ski-Doo snowmobile is manufactured in Valcourt, Quebec.
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  • The "Summit" Snowmobile Is Launched

    The "Summit" Snowmobile Is Launched
    Bombardier creates a new segment in the snowmobiling market with the Summit model, especially designed for powder snow and mountain conditions.
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  • The Industrial Equipment Division's Activities Are Consolidated

    The Industrial Equipment Division's Activities Are Consolidated
    The Industrial Equipment Division’s activities are consolidated in Granby, Quebec, and a plant is acquired and renovated. This division manufactures snow groomers for alpine and nordic skiing as well as sidewalks, and heavy-duty tracked vehicles for difficult terrain to be used in the forestry, mining, telecommunications and utilities industries.
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  • The "Plus MP" Snow Groomer is Launched

    The "Plus MP" Snow Groomer is Launched
    Bombardier launches the new "Plus MP" new-generation snow groomer, a microprocessor-controlled vehicle that uses innovative technology.
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  • The "Bombardier NV" Is Launched

    The "Bombardier NV" Is Launched
    In November, Bombardier launches its electric neighbourhood vehicle, the Bombardier NV, designed for transportation in residential areas of the southern United States.
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  • Bombardier Launches An ATV And Enters A New Market

    Bombardier Launches An ATV And Enters A New Market
    In February, Bombardier Recreational Products enters the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) market by introducing a prototype of its innovative Bombardier ATV, the Traxter.
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  • 30th Anniversary Of The Lynx Snowmobile

    30th Anniversary Of The Lynx Snowmobile
    In March, Bombardier celebrates the 30th anniversary of the production of Lynx snowmobiles.
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  • 40th Anniversary Of The Ski-Doo Snowmobile

    40th Anniversary Of The Ski-Doo Snowmobile
    The Ski-Doo snowmobile celebrates its 40th anniversary.
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  • A Distribution Society Is Created In Japan

    A Distribution Society Is Created In Japan
    In February, a distribution society is created in Japan to develop sales of Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats, Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Bombardier ATVs.
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  • The "Summit 700" Is Named Mountain Muscle Sled Of The Year By SnoWest Magazine

    The "Summit 700" Is Named Mountain Muscle Sled Of The Year By SnoWest Magazine
    The "Ski-Doo Summit 700 Highmark" snowmobileis awarded the title of “Mountain Muscle Sled of the Year” by SnoWest Magazine.
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  • The Five Millionth Rotax Engine Is Made

    The Five Millionth Rotax Engine Is Made
    On May 9th, the five millionth Rotax engine leaves the assembly line in Günskirchen, Austria.
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  • Bombardier Wins Two Design Awards At The 2002 IDEA Awards Event

    Bombardier Wins Two Design Awards At The 2002 IDEA Awards Event
    In June, Bombardier Recreational Products won two industrial design excellence awards at the 2002 IDEA awards event. The Sea-Doo Islandia sport boat is awarded the gold, while the DS 650 ATV wins the bronze.
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  • Bombardier Is The Official Supplier Of The Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games

    Bombardier Is The Official Supplier Of The Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games
    In February, Bombardier is the official supplier of Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Bombardier snow groomers and Bombardier ATVs at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.
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  • Rotax Engines Improve

    Rotax Engines Improve
    In March, Bombardier innovates once more by introducing semi-direct injection two-stroke engine technology. The Rotax 800 2-TEC SDI engine for its Ski-Doo snowmobiles offers as much as a 50% reduction in hydrocarbon emissions and up to 25% better fuel economy.
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  • The Ski-Doo REV Models Are Launched

    The Ski-Doo REV Models Are Launched
    Bombardier Recreational Products also revolutionizes the snowmobile industry in November by introducing its Ski-Doo REV models, snowmobiling’s most radical evolution in 40 years.
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  • The Ski-Doo Is featured In A James Bond Movie

    The Ski-Doo Is featured In A James Bond Movie
    The Ski-Doo MX Z-REV snowmobile has tremendous screen presence in the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
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  • Bombardier And Deere & Company Become Allies

    Bombardier And Deere & Company Become Allies
    On January 23, Bombardier and Deere & Company announce a strategic alliance to develop new wheeled industrial vehicles and technologies.
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  • Bombardier Announces The Sale Of BRP

    Bombardier Announces The Sale Of BRP
    In April, Bombardier Inc. announces the sale of the Bombardier Recreational Products group.
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  • The BRP Kart Wins An iF Design Award

    The BRP Kart Wins An iF Design Award
    In June, the BRP-Rotax RM1 Kart wins the prestigious iF Design Award.
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  • BRP Inc Is Officially Launched

    BRP Inc Is Officially Launched
    On December 18, the acquisition process of the recreational products group of Bombardier Inc. is completed and Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. is officially launched.
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  • Bombardier And Hero Motors Announce A Licensing Agreement

    Bombardier And Hero Motors Announce A Licensing Agreement
    In April, Hero Motors, a subsidiary of Hero Group, and Austrian-based Bombardier-Rotax GmbH & Co. KG, a subsidiary of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) of Canada, announce a licensing agreement to provide Hero Motors with state-of-the-art, low-displacement BRP-Rotax engine technology for scooters.
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  • BRP Launches Its New Brand And Signature

    BRP Launches Its New Brand And Signature
    In mid-June, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. launches its new brand and signature: BRP. The new BRP brand is a combination of astute leveraging of its rich heritage of entrepreneural spirit and innovation with a renewed focus on the BRP experience, providing consumers worldwide with uniquely crafted products that anticipate their needs and inspire passion and enthusiasm.
  • BRP Announces The Sale Of Its Industrial Division

    BRP Announces The Sale Of Its Industrial Division
    In August, BRP announces the sale of its industrial division, headquartered in Granby, Quebec, to Camoplast Inc. BRP now concentrates its energies on the development and manufacturing of recreational products.
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  • BRP Refines Its Ski-Doo MXZx For The 2004-2005 Racing Season

    BRP Refines Its Ski-Doo MXZx For The 2004-2005 Racing Season
    In September, BRP significantly refines its Ski-Doo MXZx 440 race sled for the 2004-05 racing season. The most significant improvements include the addition of the SC-4 rear suspension and a host of refinements to the drivetrain.
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  • BRP Anounces The $10 Million Renovation Of Its Plant in Quebec

    BRP Anounces The $10 Million Renovation Of Its Plant in Quebec
    Later in March, BRP announces the $10 million modernization of its plant in Valcourt, Quebec.
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  • European BRP Becomes The Link To France

    European BRP Becomes The Link To France
    Later in April, BRP, which has been present in Europe for over 30 years with manufacturing facilities in Austria (BRP-Rotax) and in Finland (BRP Finland), becomes the direct link to its future dealer network in France.
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  • BRP Starts Selling Directly To France

    BRP Starts Selling Directly To France
    As of October 1, BRP begins selling directly to dealers in France with a new office in Aix-en-Provence.
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  • BRP Opens Its European Headquarters In Switzerland

    BRP Opens Its European Headquarters In Switzerland
    BRP establishes its European headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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  • BRP Launches Its First On-Road Vehicle

    BRP Launches Its First On-Road Vehicle
    BRP introduces its first "on-road" vehicle, the Can-Am Spyder roadster. This three-wheel vehicle, with two wheels in the front and one in the rear, offers a balance and peace of mind with features like the Vehicle Stability System (VSS), engineered in conjunction with Bosch. The Spyder roadster can be described as part motorcycle and part convertible sports car.
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