polaris releases 2016 snowmobiles


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What could Polaris possibly do to try to best themselves from MY2015? Let’s look in the rearview mirror... in 2015 Polaris introduced us to the all-new AXYS platform for their Rush and Switchback lineups. Paired with the AXYS was a brand new 800cc H.O. engine. The RiderX app was also born and mated with a new, high-tech color dash display complete with Bluetooth and GPS capabilities. The Indy name was in year two of resurgence, while the utility machines got a facelift. And in the mountains, riders were very pleased to find ‘build-your-own’ customization options.

So, how did it all work out? Well, the Pro-RMK 155 is the top selling sled in the industry (or so we are told). The Rush and Switchback AXYS sleds are also said to have earned Polaris’ best Snow Check (spring buy) marks ever in the trail performance and crossover segments. The new 800 H.O. motor took home plenty of hardware at our New York Shootout (see Feb. 2015 issue) and Real World Shootout (on p. 16). The 550-powered Voyageur 144 and 155 are supposedly the No.1 and No.2 selling sleds in the utility segment.

In short, 2015 was good to Polaris. But where do they go from here?
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