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Looks like the Spark is the first Seadoo to be fully manufactured in Mexico.



BRP opened their facility in Queretaro, Mexico back in 2012 to begin developing composite and fiberglass technologies that have made their way into the Seadoo Spark. In August of this year BRP began manufacturing the Spark at their Queretaro facility, which will be the subject of a $95.8 Million investment over the next several years.

Already BRP produces all Rotax engines at their Queretaro facility, although that is housed in their 500,000 square foot manufacturing plant, separate from their 85,000 square foot composite and fiberglass facility.

By 2015 all Seadoo models will be rolling out of Queretaro.

José Boisjoli, president and CEO of BRP:

“Mexico is a competitive global product delivery hub for BRP, thanks to the commitment, dedication and good work of all our employees. We believe that through a combination of Mexico’s outward-looking trade strategy based on its diversified network of trade agreements and BRP’s export business model, we can compete more effectively in various markets and continue to grow our volumes.”
Seadoo is forecasting a 25% growth in revenues YoY on the back of the Spark. Lets see if Polaris and Yamaha catch onto the low cost game...
 

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Yea I do wonder if the Spark is going to compel others in the PWC industry to make more affordable models as well. I'm sure that Yamaha and Polaris won't want to see all Sea-Doo get plenty of sales from the Spark without really competing in that segment.
 

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im a bit concerned about this, Mexico isn't really the best place to have things made.
they've been making the rotax engines for years now and I haven't heard too many complaints about that. But i do understand where your concerns are coming from, they are not exactly known for QC...
 

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I don't think that there is nearly the complexity in building a PWC as there is in building a car though, so there is less chance of error because of that.

It would be terrible for Sea-Doo if their affordable PWC ended up having tons of quality issues. Then Yamaha and others would be like, "see this is why we don't make cheap water crafts."
 

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the engines they build down there are practically bulletproof. Its pretty hard to eff up gluing to pieces of plastic together ;)
 

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On top of that, most of these will be sold in the Southern US, so Sea-Doo will probably save a lot on shipping costs. I think that putting Sea-Doos together for a job would be a kinda fun thing to tell people you do.
 

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On top of that, most of these will be sold in the Southern US, so Sea-Doo will probably save a lot on shipping costs. I think that putting Sea-Doos together for a job would be a kinda fun thing to tell people you do.

absolutely, Mexico is a strategic distribution location. You have access to all of US and Canada above, Brazil below, Australia and Europe in oposite directions across the ocean...
 

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well I'd imagine making it in Mexico is cheaper than making it in Asia after shipping costs.
well depends, they could make it in Thailand for relatively cheap but then its useless becuase SE asia is not exactly a hot bed of sea doo activity...

Although I do wonder if the low cost of the Spark could actually make in roads in SE asia...
 

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well depends, they could make it in Thailand for relatively cheap but then its useless becuase SE asia is not exactly a hot bed of sea doo activity...

Although I do wonder if the low cost of the Spark could actually make in roads in SE asia...
They can even move production further south to Brazil for even cheaper production and still keep all costs involved lower.
 

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its within NAFTA so we are good to go!
sure but its not about nafta its about cost of shipping materials into mexico and finished products back into the US....

is it just me or is brazil ALOT farther away? :D

 

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sure but its not about nafta its about cost of shipping materials into mexico and finished products back into the US....

is it just me or is brazil ALOT farther away? :D

it's definitely a lot further away, shipping will be pricey but who knows, in the end it could be much cheaper than producing it in mexico.
 
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