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Son just sent this over to me. May be of intrest to some.  :-\


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The BMW Boxer and EU Emissions Regulations

BMW Motorrad SA is aware that there has been discussion in the local motorcycling community that the BMW Boxer engine is under threat as it will not comply with new European Union (EU) emission regualtions in the future.

It would appear that this rumour has surfaced in South Africa only, and consequently a response from BMW Germany was requested.

BMW Germany responded by saying that although people theorise that it might be difficult for large air-cooled two-cylinders to meet emission-regulations in the future, and that the BMW-Boxer, the Moto-Guzzi and the Harley-V2-Engines could run into difficulties in their present layout, it is not currently the case.

The Boxer engine meets all requirements of the Euro III emission regulations, so the distinctive â??flat-twinâ? is not under threat at all.

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BMW will acquire the renowned motorcycle company Husqvarna Motorcycles. Both parties agreed that the purchase price was to remain confidential.

For BMW Motorrad the acquisition of Husqvarna Motorcycles is a logical step in enhancing the company's activities in the field of light, sporty motorcycles, which has recently been reinforced with the new models of the BMW G 650 X series.

Commenting on BMW's decision to acquire Husqvarna Motorcycles, Dr. Herbert Diess, General Director of BMW Motorrad, stated: "With the Husqvana models targeted at the sporty competition, we will be able to extend the BMW Motorrad range to include younger groups of customers as well as the entire off-road and supermoto sector much more quickly and effectively than with our core brand alone. This transaction also provides us with direct access to a worldwide sales network in the off-road segment."

BMW Motorrad plans to continue operating Husqvarna Motorcycles as a separate enterprise. All development, sales and production activities, as well as the current workforce, will remain in place at its present location in the region of Varese in northern Italy.

Just as BMW Motorrad, Husqvarna Motorcycles is steeped in tradition and one of the most renowned motorcycle companies in the world.

Motorcycles were initially produced in Sweden from 1903 and in Italy from 1986. Today the company is one of the leading suppliers of sporty off-road motorcycles. In the course of its history, Husqvarna Motorcycles has achieved numerous international racing victories including European and World Championship titles.

Husqvarna Motorcycles is part of the Italian company MV Agusta S.p.A. and produced some 12 000 motorcycles in the capacity range of 125 to 610 cc in 2006.

The focus of the company's model program is on sporty off-road motorcycles which are equipped solely with single cylinder engines.

More information about Husqvarna Motorcycles can be found at www.husqvarna.it
 
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