If you think we’ve all made it through the supply chain challenges that have plagued all sorts of manufacturing across the world, think again.
Ski-Doo’s parent company BRP recently sent out notice to customers and would-be customers, explaining how the supply chain issues experienced by almost everybody in manufacturing continue to affect the company’s ability to produce and deliver its powersports products on a timely basis.
The end results: (1) Some new sled deliveries are going to be pushed into January of next year; and (2) the suggested retail prices on many not-yet-spoken-for sleds being built and shipped to dealerships are going to inch up.
To get a feel for the cost increases, we checked the pricing on select models and found the MXZ Blizzard, Renegade Adrenaline and Backcountry 850 machines we looked up all now had an MSRP that is $200 higher than the figures originally released in February. The price increases are on top of a commodity surcharge. The price increase will not affect anybody who ordered a sled during the spring order program (which concluded March 31), and also isn’t being extended to MXZ 120, MXZ 200 or MXZ or Summer Neo or Neo+ models.
The dual announcement of delayed shipments and price bumps is not surprising to anybody who’s been paying attention to the ongoing challenges in the supply chain, plus the worldwide inflation driven by worker shortages, commodity prices and more. We applaud BRP for being up-front about it, and we’re fully expecting challenges to continue from the other brands as well. In fact, some spring-ordered 2022 models were still being delivered in May by some brands, so the challenges of switching over to 2023 models and completing all of those orders are going to be very real.
Here’s the announcement from BRP, which also includes an interesting video from the company’s CEO Jose Boisjoli which we’ve embedded below. Click through to the Ski-Doo site to see a FAQ section that includes more details on a variety of topics, including components still missing from 2022 models:
SNOWMOBILE DELIVERY UPDATE
While it’s warm outside for now, we know the first snowflakes will begin falling soon enough!
We’re putting our efforts into delivering snowmobiles and accessories as soon as possible. However, we’re continuing to experience delays due to some component shortages and other supply chain constraints.
With that in mind, we anticipate some deliveries initially planned for November or December will now fall into January. You can reach out to your BRP dealer for updates regarding your order since they will have the latest available information. Our customer care team is also here for you if you have any other questions at 1-888-272-9222.
For those who haven’t pre-ordered, we adjusted pricing for MY23 snowmobiles. We know you probably weren’t expecting this, and we apologize for the change. As you are aware, pricing has increased for many products and industries around the world and powersports is no exception. BRP has explored various ways to accommodate the disruptions while maintaining the demand through the way we source materials, transport our parts and vehicles and assemble our units. Please note: Customers who purchased a snowmobile through the Spring Sales Event between February 14 and March 31 will not be impacted by the pricing adjustments. Additionally, there will be no pricing impact on the youth MXZ 120/200 models and the entry level models MXZ and Summit Neo/Neo+. There will still remain a temporary commodity surcharge in addition to the adjusted price.
We will update this page on a bi-weekly basis and will aim to provide you with the most accurate information with regards to our production.
Model Year 2022 Customers: Some of you may still be waiting for temporary missing features that don’t impact your ability to ride your vehicle. Here’s an update:
– Suspension Dampening Control Unit (SDCU): Parts are available now. See your dealer for installation.
– Air Controlled Suspension (ACS): Parts are expected mid August 2022 at your dealership.
– RF D.E.S.S. Key: We’re continuing to source microchips with more details to follow.
Thank you for your continued trust.
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