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Husqvarna Motorcycles achieve record breaking sales and turnover in 2014

2014 has been a momentous year for the Husqvarna brand. Enjoying record figures in sales and turnover, a total number of 16,337 motorcycles were sold. Passing the magical 100 million Euro mark in turnover, this growth provided Husqvarna Motorcycles with production and sales figures never before achieved during the iconic brand’s 111 years of motorcycle production.

Husqvarna gained significant market share in the enduro competition segment as well as making an outstanding restart into the motocross segment, where close to 6,000 Husqvarna motocross bikes were sold worldwide. As such the brand has re-established its position as a key player within the offroad motorcycle segment. In 2015 Husqvarna will pursue its growth strategy.

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Heated riding gear from Harley Davidson

Conquer the cold and extend the riding days with new 12 V Dual-Source heated gear from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes apparel line. An array of new men’s and women’s liners, gloves, jackets, and pants deliver the maximum 12 V of heat via two sources: a rechargeable lithium ion battery or a motorcycle’s electrical system. Designed specifically for riders, all of the products feature a separate, built-in temperature controller with three distinct colour-coded heat levels. To enhance performance, Microwire technology provides the thinnest, lightest wiring system with the fastest warmth. Each new heated item offers a three-year warranty.

These are some of the new Dual-Source 12 V heated gear options from Harley-Davidson Motor Company:
Stay warm to the core with the men’s Heated Dual-Source 12 V Jacket Liner (P/N 98330-15VM). The five-panel system concentrates heat in the sleeves, chest, and back for optimal performance. The liner can be powered by the bike’s 12 V electrical system or a 12 V lithium rechargeable battery. For maximum mid-layer performance with minimal bulk, the liner is made from polyester with spandex and fleece. It is available in sizes S – 3XL.



Maintain maximum comfort, dexterity, and control with the new men’s Heated Dual-Source 12 V Gloves (P/N 98328-15VM). The gloves are made from leather and textile with tricot fleece lining and a waterproof, breathable liner. Pre-curved fingers, power-stretch knuckles, and gel-padded palms deliver maximum riding comfort. The heated gloves are powered through the bike’s 12 V electrical system via the heated liner or a pair of accessory 12 V lithium rechargeable batteries. The built-in three-level temperature controller system allows a rider to control the individual temperature level of each glove. Available in sizes S – 3XL.

Feel the heat and ride longer with the new women’s Heated Dual-Source 12 V Jacket Liner (P/N 98338-15VW). It features a built-in temperature controller with three heat settings and a five-panel heating system: two sleeve, two chest and one back panel. Constructed from four-way stretch polyester with spandex and fleece, the liner works best as a bulk-free mid-layer, yet can also be worn as a jacket. It connects to the bike’s 12 V electrical system or an accessory 12 V lithium ion rechargeable battery. Available in sizes XS – 2XL.



Ride in confidence and warmth with the new women’s Heated Dual-Source 12 V Gloves (P/N 98339-15VW). They are constructed from leather and textile with tricot fleece lining and a waterproof, breathable liner and connect to the bike’s 12 V electrical system or a pair of accessory 12 V lithium rechargeable batteries for optimal versatility. A built-in, three-level temperature controller delivers heat the entire length of each finger and thumb. Pre-curved fingers, gel-padded palms, and ergonomic thumbs are built for all-day riding comfort and control. Available in sizes XS – XL.




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The Ducati Scrambler goes Special at Motor Bike Expo

The Ducati Scrambler goes Special at Motor Bike Expo
  • First three specials developed from the Ducati Scrambler to be presented at Verona
  • Unveiling of bikes created by Deus Ex Machina, Officine Mermaid and Mr. Martini, who interpreted the Full Throttle, Urban Enduro and Classic versions of the Ducati Scrambler, respectively
  • Bikes, accessories and clothing from the amazing “Land of Joy” will be showcased at the Ducati Scrambler stand at Motor Bike Expo from 23 to 25 January
Verona (Italy), 23 January 2015 – From 23 to 25 January, Ducati Scrambler will have a surprise in store for the public at the Verona Motor Bike Expo: a world exclusive presentation of the first three Ducati Scrambler specials. These first creations are just a starting point for further joint projects in the future, the aim being to highlight the Ducati Scrambler's versatility and infinite customisation potential. Right from the day of its unveiling, 30 September 2014 at Intermot in Cologne, the Ducati Scrambler was all over the internet and within just a few hours we’d received numerous customisation proposals from enthusiasts all over the world. The bikes on display at the Motor Bike Expo are the first completed customisations.
Ducati Scrambler is a universe characterised by freedom of expression, sharing and passion. That's one more reason for entrusting the first three Ducati Scrambler customisations to three Italian excellences in this particular field. Three friends of the Ducati Scrambler team, three craftsmen specialised in hand-crafted work who personalise iconic motorcycles throughout the world.
The three customisers were given a clear brief: each one of them was free to interpret one of the three versions of the Ducati Scrambler according to their own personal style. Deus Ex Machina from Milan put forward their idea for the Full Throttle; Officine Mermaid from Milan interpreted the Urban Enduro in their own special way, while Mr. Martini from Verona created their very own Classic. So, three original bikes, conscientiously prepared down to the very last detail, have been produced, underlining the superlative standards of Italian workmanship in the specials field and the vast potential this bike has for customisation.
Filippo Bassoli - MD of Deus Italy: “We'd been waiting for the Ducati Scrambler for some time: in 2010 we did some drift riding with bikes on the Harold Park horse-race track in Sydney together with our friends from Ducati and back then we promised that a Deus creation would be made by developing one of their models. And today we’ve maintained that promise thanks to the Ducati Scrambler: we finally found a bike made with evident vintage inspiration but with the DNA and technical features of a real motorcycle. These characteristics allowed Emanuele and Peter to follow their instincts, particularly after getting their hands on the bike and dismantling it to reveal a fantastic frame. Our project started from there, the result of free and innovative ideas where the main focus is on the aluminium bodywork, with a single-piece tail, number-plate support and a headlight inspired by speedway bikes. An asymmetric mudguard completes the project, together with lots of little details such as the positioning of the conic filter within the frame, the disc brake and, of course, the dedicated exhaust. The name however comes from Carby, creative director of Deus Australia, who was in Milan at the time; he saw the project when it was almost complete and fell in love with it, naming it Hondo Grattan, after the horse that won everything on the Harold Park race-track. Who knows, in the not-too-distant future, perhaps our bike will end up on that track too.”
Nicola Martini – Customiser at Mr. Martini: “I decided to take part in the project because I was fascinated by the idea of working with this Italian brand and in particular by the opportunity of working with the young, dynamic and easygoing Scrambler team. Thanks to the bike's versatility, I decided to revolutionise the basic concept, from Ducati Scrambler to Café Racer. The style is reminiscent of American rather than British design, owing partly to the fact that the roots of the original Ducati Scrambler project date from the seventies. Although the style is that of a Café Racer, this bike has a combination of elements that make it unique; In fact, details such as the high exhaust and knobby tyres retain a decidedly Ducati Scrambler flavour. This fusion gave our bike its name: S.C.R. - Scrambler Café Racer. We've changed the nose fairing, the tail-piece, the whole of the exhaust, the foot-peg and handlebar mountings and the rear suspension unit and have, of course, given the bike a new colour. The Scrambler Café Racer is in ‘total black’ including the saddle, undertail and timing belt covers.”
Dario Mastroianni – Customiser at Officine Mermaid: “We decided to customise the Ducati Scrambler because we immediately earmarked it as a uniquely convertible Italian bike. We've infused it with our unmistakeable Officine Mermaid style, with a kind of rough-and-ready look that's spartan and basic. We named it using the English word Scratch, to convey the idea of it being scraped or damaged. This can be seen straight away from the fuel tank, which we stripped of paint and treated by hand – a procedure we use only on our most exclusive bikes. The metal mudguards have been left rough (a bit like us) and then hand-brushed at the workshop. We've left only what is essential on the bike – anything that wasn't necessary has been eliminated. Even the exhaust, for example, while derived from the original, has been reduced to a minimum. For the front we've chosen a traditional stanchion fork with a wide 21'' wheel and an 18'' wheel at the back, while the saddle and handlebars are made of vintage green leather with a decidedly Western style. Our Scratch has a main rally-style headlight and a smaller lateral spotlight.”
The world of Ducati Scrambler customisation is accessible to all thanks to a huge range of accessories that can be used to make the bike both original and highly personal. No less than six different versions will be at the Ducati Scrambler stand at the Verona Motor Bike Expo, each with unmistakable Ducati Performance ‘ingredients’: but the potential goes much further. For example chrome-plated fuel tank side-panels are available in black, matt, camouflage and even in carbon fibre. There are various options for the front mudguard and the high number-plate support, tank bags, canvas and waterproof bags, low and high slip-on Termignoni exhausts, headlight rims and mesh covers, dashboard rims, vintage handlebars and mirrors as well as spoked wheels, four versions of saddle and low-slung tapered handlebars.
The Ducati Scrambler Icon, available in yellow and red, is joined by three other versions – Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic – which interpret the spirit of the Ducati Scrambler in different stylistic and functional ways. The Urban Enduro, with its Wild Green colour scheme is aimed at those who love the enduro style and are ready to switch from road to off-road in an instant; the Full Throttle is for the rider who's fascinated by the flat track racing world and has a penchant for pushing things to the limit while the Classic is for those who love the details and style of the '70s but don't want to forgo the riding pleasure and comfort of a contemporary bike.


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KYMCO Super 8 R Naked 50 coming to Canada

The Super 8R Naked 50 has been designed for young urban riders with a modern, sporty style that is focused on the essentials.

The dynamic and sophisticated silhouette has a striking high tech multifunctional dashboard, aluminum "naked" stem, rear passenger seat, and a bold colour scheme. Add to that a large headlamp, a larger disk brake in the front and 12 inch aluminum rims and you've got a scooter with a rebellious spirit and well executed styling. Made for the everyday, it is the ultimate accessory.

Additional Features: high stance low center of gravity, adjustable rear shock, low oil light indicator on instrument cluster, modern colour schemes with graphics, black aluminium rims, DOT approved headlight with high and low beam, spring loaded side stand, sturdy center stand, under seat storage, integrated rear passenger pegs.

Warranty: All KYMCO Scooters come with a 2 year limited warranty!

Available Accessories: Disk Brake Lock / Wireless Brake Light

MSRP: $2,695.00 *

Check out the specs below. A 4-stroke 49cc.




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Husqvarna 401 concepts coming in 2017

Husqvarna introduced its two 401 concept bikes at the 2014 EICMA Show, company officials said they would put the bikes into production if they garnered enough attention and interest. Well I guess they did because rumor has it that Husqvarna is going to be producing them for 2017.

Reinhold Zens, one of Husqvarna's managing directors, told Bike (a Swedish motorcycle site), "I can tell you that they will come as 2017 models. They may not look the same. A concept is, after all, a designer's dream, while a finished model must follow rules and regulations, but they will definitely have the same style." So be prepared for some corporate tuning down of style and expensive bits but we're pretty happy to see these bikes will be produced. Hopefully they'll even make it to Canada!

Particularly fond of the Svartpilen - the black one.  It's said to use the KTM source 390 single, which is actually a 373cc single.





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Harley-Davidson Sturgis Plan 75-Year Agreement

Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the city of Sturgis, South Dakota, are setting their sights on the future – far into the future. In the spirit of this year’s 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the Company and city officials are finalizing an agreement covering the next 75 years, making Harley-Davidson the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“Harley-Davidson riders have attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for decades. This new agreement will help fuel many more years of freedom, independence, and rebellion for this iconic gathering,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer at Harley-Davidson. “Riding is a passion passed down through generations, so it’s important we celebrate the legacy and history of Harley-Davidson in Sturgis, while helping creating new memories.”

As part of the agreement, a permanent plaza will be built on Main Street in Sturgis that will include a stage for events, concerts, and even weddings. The year-round location, which will be completed in time for this year’s 75th Rally, will be the official Harley-Davidson® destination for riders and fans alike.

“For decades, Harley-Davidson has been the motorcycle of choice for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fans and a great partner to the city of Sturgis,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. “Today it gives me great pleasure to solidify its importance by making it the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”

Sturgis: Baked into the bricks of Harley-Davidson

To ensure the new multi-purpose space builds on the legacy of the Brand and is pure Harley-Davidson, the plaza will integrate bricks from the company’s Milwaukee headquarters, a building that once housed the Company Factory dating back more than 100 years.

During a news conference at the Company headquarters, Harley-Davidson announced the planned agreement, which has an initial term and renewals running through 2090. To unveil the deal, Harley-Davidson removed a brick from the historic front entrance using a 2015 Harley-Davidson® Street™ 750 motorcycle. That brick, alongside one from the Harley-Davidson Museum™, and 73 bricks from the headquarters’ famous motorcycle-only parking area will be delivered to Sturgis on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.

Whether riders are trapped inside for the winter or riding south toward warmer weather, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The party starts August 1, 2015, and for those who have had Sturgis on a bucket list, this might just be the year to attend. For inspiration and pictures from the 2014 Rally, visit www.h-d.com/sturgis.

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2015 Canadian Trials Championship - Dates set

The dates have now been confirmed for the 2015 Canadian Trials Championship.

- June 20/21 Eastern Canadian Championship - Morin Heights . Quebec
- June 27/28 Western Canadian Championship - Revelstoke. BC.

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Record setting year for Ducati with 45,100 bikes sold in 2014

Another record year for Ducati with 45,100 bikes sold in 2014
  • Fifth consecutive growth year for Bologna-based bike manufacturer
  • Record sales achieved thanks also to the new Monster and 899 Panigale
  • USA confirmed as Ducati’s most important market, with Asia growing fast (+ 11%)
Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 15 January 2015 – In 2014 Ducati Motor Holding spa achieved a new sales record by delivering 45,100 bikes to customers, 2% more than in 2013, marking the fifth consecutive year of growth.
This increase also stemmed from the introduction of new products that, despite market uncertainty, made a clear contribution to what has been an outstanding result for Ducati. More specifically, with the introduction of the new Monster 1200 and Monster 821, Monster family sales rose by 31%, with 16,409 new bikes sold. The Superbike family, thanks to the widespread introduction of the 899 Panigale, which scored a +74% sales success with 5,806 bikes delivered to customers, enjoyed an overall growth of 12%, with a total of 9,788 bikes sold in 2014.
 
North American sales performance was in line with that of 2013, with Mexico experiencing 8% growth. The U.S. continues to be Ducati’s top market, with 8,804 units delivered to customers. Despite difficult market conditions, sales in South America increased considerably, especially in Brazil (+ 74%, 1,174 bikes sold); this was achieved thanks to considerable expansion of the dealership network in that country and the market introduction of the full model range with local CKD production.
In Europe sales slowed a little (-3% with 19,743 bikes), mostly due to challenging conditions on several markets. However, while sales in Italy fell short of those attained the previous year (-14% with 4,284 bikes), other European countries were almost stable, with the UK actually experiencing significant double-digit growth (+16% with 2,742 bikes).
Double-digit growth was also seen in Asia, where Ducati achieved an all-time sales record (+11% with 5,787 bikes). Performance was particularly strong in Thailand (+22% with 3,057 units) and China where sales volumes, with respect to 2013, almost doubled (+97%).
Ducati also succeeded in boosting sales in Australia (+13% with 2,132 bikes) and strengthening its performance in Japan (+1% with 2,558 units).
 

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Coma takes 5th Dakar title

In case there was any doubt, Marc Coma is an amazing competitor taking his fifth Dakar win in a row. It's an amazing feat to finish it let alone take the top spot five consecutive years!


Red Bull KTM factory rider Marc Coma of Spain on Saturday sealed his fifth Dakar title and presented KTM with its fourteenth win in this offroad classic. Paolo Goncalves of Portugal took second place and KTM rookie Toby Price of Australia took the minor podium place.


Coma, A Red Bull athlete, rode to the start of the final Stage 13 with a 17-minute lead over Goncalves however riders were unable to complete the 393 km of the final stage into Buenos Aires after heavy rain made the track surface slippery and too dangerous. The race was halted at CP2 and Coma was declared the winner. The win for Coma equals that of his former KTM teammate Cyril Despres and represents the domination of these two riders on the event for a decade.

Coma tackled the Dakar with his usual passion and attention to detail, true to his belief that the only result that counts was that in the final day. He took victory in Stage Five and was top three in six other stages. He also rode with care and prudence in the two marathon stages, nursing a damaged tire in the first and safely bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home across the salt flats of Bolivia in wet conditions that resulted in many riders having to exit the rally after salt clogged their engines and electronics.

Marc Coma: “I’m happy and proud. As usual it was a grueling rally. We had to overcome a problem on the second day that slowed us down a bit in the rankings. So from then on we had to change the strategy a little and push to recover that time. We knew that the marathons would be key stages and they were. I am happy with the team and the people we have around us. This fifth win says a lot about all of us.” Coma also congratulated his two rivals Joan Barreda and Paolo Goncalves who he said were tough opponents. “The level was very high and this also makes the win very valuable,” he added.

The 2015 rally was an emotional roller coaster for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team and the KTM-supported riders. Factory racer Sam Sunderland got things off to a brilliant start with a solid first stage win, only to get lost at the tail end of Stage Two in what was the longest stage in the 2015 edition. He then crashed out early in Stage Three and had to retire.

At the same time it was already clear that two young pretenders, KTM-supported Dakar newcomers Matthias Walkner of Austria and Australian Toby Price were out to impress. Both came to the Dakar with only one rally under their tires having raced the Morocco Rally in October. Both were also new to road book-style navigation.

Walkner drew attention early. After finishing 8-6 in the two opening stages he then won Stage Three. The rest of his rally saw him making great recoveries after difficult days until he finally succumbed to altitude sickness and stomach problems in Stage Nine and had to withdraw. It was an unfortunate end for a rider with great potential and as yet little experience and he exited after making his mark as a rider to watch in the future.

Price, a four-time winner of Australia’s Finke Desert classic said at the beginning of the rally that navigation would be difficult. He did have some difficulties in stages 4-6 but by the time he started in the final stage he had eight top five finishes and including a win in Stage 12. Price by then had moved up to third overall and was able to make it stick until the race was declared over.

Regular Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ruben Faria of Portugal finished sixth overall, which was a solid result given that Faria had broken his collarbone only six weeks before the rally. His teammate Jordi Viladoms was one rider who was unable to finish the difficult stage over the Bolivian salt flats. Villadoms was fifteenth overall when he retired from the race. KTM-supported rider Riaan van Niekerk also retired after Stage Seven left Bolivia. He was overall twelfth. Jakub Przygonski of Poland, a regular KTM-supported rider who competes for Team Orlen was eighteenth overall. He has had a difficult season after a serious injury in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of 2014. 

Line honors in the final shortened stage went to three KTM riders. Ivan Jakes of Slovakia won the stage. Countryman Stefan Svitko finished second and Price was third. Svitko finishes fifth overall and Jakes was eighth overall. KTM riders took seven of the top 10 places in the 2015 edition.

The Dakar 2015 was indeed a battle of attrition. Of the 168 starters in the bikes division only 78 were on the starting line for the final run into Buenos Aires.

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Dakar Rally 2015
Final Overall Results

1, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 46.03.49 (5th Dakar title for Coma; 14th for KTM) 

2, Paolo Goncalves, POR Honda at 16.53
3, Toby Price, AUS, KTM at 23.14
4, Pablo Qunitanilla, CHI, KTM at 38.38
5, Stefan Svitko, SVK, KTM at 44.17
6, Ruben Faria, POR, KTM at 1:57.50
7, David Casteu, FRA, KTM at 2:00.14
8, Ivan Jakes, SVK, KTM at 2:18.18
Other KTM
11, Hans Vogels, NDL, KTM, at 3:31.50
14, Paolo Ceci, ITA, KTM at 4:58.14
18, Jakub Przygonski, POL, KTM 6:21.12 

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Stage 13 Results
Please note: Final stage was halted at CP2 because of heavy rain deemed by organizers to make the surface too slippery and dangerous to continue the stage

1, Jakes, KTM at 52.06
2, Svitko, KTM at 00.45
3, Price, KTM at 1.07
4, Goncalves, 1.15
5, Coma, KTM, at 3.11
6, Vogels, KTM at 3:36

7, Frans Verhoeven, NDL, Yamaha at 4.35
8, Qunitanilla KTM, at 4.52
9, De Soultrait, FRA, Yamaha at 5.54
10, Lila Sanz, ESP, Honda at 7.55
Other KTM
12, Casteu, KTM at 8.16
15, Ceci, KTM at 9.51
16, Faria, KTM at 9.22



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Learning to Wheelie

Never quite gotten the hang of the "Wheelie?" Problem solved....



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Bonnier Motorcycle Group Announces

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group is pleased to announce four new online video series and an exciting lineup of strategic improvements for the new year. The improvements scheduled for 2015 reflect a forward-thinking strategy designed to take advantage of the growing digital, mobile, and video channels of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group, while also continuing to support the established print media offerings.

The four new video series include the return of On Two Wheels from the staff of Motorcyclist, a new DIY series, MC Garage, hosted by Motorcyclist Road Test Editor Ari Henning, a motocross/off-road targeted video series from Chris Denison and the staff at Dirt Rider, and a fun and unpredictable new video series tentatively titled The Jeff Holt Show from the larger-than-life boss at Hot Bike and Street Chopper.

“We are very excited about the launch of our four new video series, as well as the digitally focused improvements we are making to our business. We continue to shift resources to adapt to the changing media landscape,” said Andy Leisner, VP Group Publisher for the Bonnier Motorcycle Group. “Our brands produce fantastic video and we are investing in this area heavily to broadcast our content and further expose motorcycling through the exploding growth of on-demand and OTT video channels.”

Additionally, in 2015 Bonnier Motorcycle Group will also publish an all-new Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide from the editors of Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, and Dirt Rider, along with two issues of the amazing Street Chopper magazine. BMG will add seven new digitally focused staff positions and will continue to analyze and adjust the Bonnier Motorcycle Group advertising and marketing offerings to best fit the constantly changing and growing motorcycle marketplace.

About Bonnier Motorcycle GroupBonnier Motorcycle Group is the world's largest motorcycle media family, featuring the most complete, authentic, and in-depth coverage for all facets of the motorcycle marketplace. Bonnier Motorcycle Group consists of 11 premium brands which include: Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Dirt Rider, Hot Bike, Sport Rider, Baggers, Motorcycle Cruiser, Street Chopper, ATV Rider, Super Streetbike, and UTV Driver.

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BMW Motorrad sales record - again

BMW Motorrad has achieved a fourth successive sales record, selling 123,495 motorcycles and maxi-scooters in 2014, an increase of 7.2% (previous year. 115,215). In December, 7,032 vehicles were sold, 10.9% more than in the same month last year (6,343).



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