MN – Arctic Cat Inc. has entered
into an Engine Supply Agreement with Yamaha Motor Corporation to expand its
purchase of snowmobile engines starting in the 2014 model year. Arctic Cat
initially entered into an agreement to purchase the Yamaha 123cc 4-stroke
engines for their youth snowmobile in 2009. This agreement has now been
expanded to include select 4-stroke engines from Yamaha.
Arctic Cat’s Snow Division VP/GM, Brad Darling said, “The
engine purchasing agreement with Yamaha, combined with the engines we plan to
manufacture in house, will provide our consumers with the most well-rounded
engine choices when it comes to technology, reliability and horsepower.”
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Claude Jordan, stated,
“Our current Arctic Cat snowmobile chassis is renowned for its lightweight,
bump control and precision handling. Combine that with our performance engine
options from Yamaha, as well as our state-of-the-art engine manufacturing
facility in St. Cloud, MN, and we guarantee there will be exciting years ahead
for Arctic Cat enthusiasts.”
In addition to expanding the engine supply agreement with
Yamaha, Arctic Cat has also entered into an agreement to build select Yamaha
snowmobiles in their Thief River Falls, MN, factory per Yamaha’s
specifications. This agreement started in 2012 with Arctic Cat building the
Yamaha SRX 120 youth model snowmobile and will now be expanded to include full
size performance snowmobiles starting with model year 2014. These snowmobiles
will be built to Yamaha specifications using Yamaha 4-stroke engines.
Jordan goes on
to say, “We are very excited how this relationship continues to grow and the
opportunities that lie ahead for both companies. Going forward we believe this
relationship will provide tremendous value to Arctic Cat, our customers, our
dealers and our shareholders.”
posted Monday, Feb 25 2013 08:07 AM
The next thing you know, after Arctic Cat gets in bed with Yamaha, then Yamaha will own them and we will be down to just 1 American owned sled manufacturer. Did Arctic Cat need the Yamaha engine so bad that now they have to build lightweight chassis for them in return. Nothing like handing over share of market. I would think that Arctic Cat's shareholders would be livid with disgust over that!
posted Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 12:12 PM
This is just what cat is getting. Of course yamaha will get more in regards to looks, because all they have to offer arctic cat is engines. everything else just sucks
posted Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 10:23 AM
From the looks of the new Viper there is more than just motor sharing. That front end looks like it came from a green sled too.
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