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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Platune & Sand-X to Build World's Fastest ATV


Platune ATV

European-based luxury vehicle design and tuning firm Platune has teamed up with Sand-X, a Swiss company specializing in sand dune racers, to develop the world's fastest off-road vehicle. The Platune-Sand-X mobile, designed to be the Ducati of off-roaders, will be the safest, fastest, and most powerful ATV ever built, with giant front tires and a rear track. Available only in an exclusive limited edition, the Platune-Sand-X will be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in as little as 2.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 185 km/h.

While pricing has yet to be announced, we expect the vehicle will be extremely expensive; unsurprisingly, it has already stirred considerable intertest in the Middle East. The collaboration celebrates the two companies' "mutual quest for luxury, perfection, exclusiveness [and] an extraordinary driving experience."
More information can be found on their website at: www.myplatune.com and www.sand-x.com

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Polaris Finishes Three at DAKAR


First manufacturer with official team sees three of four finish!

Minneapolis, January 20, 2009 –The 2009 DAKAR saw 23 ATVs start with only 13 finishing. Of that 13, three were members of Team Polaris!

French Racer Hubert Deltrieu, winner of the DAKAR Series Central Europ, Lybia Desert Challenge, Pharaons Rallye and second at the DAKAR Series Portugal, had a very good showing taking fourth. Eric Carlini took eighth and Betty Kraft took ninth and became the first woman to finish the DAKAR on an ATV. Italian Racer Pietro Fogliani had to leave the race due to a hand injury.

“We are very proud of the racers and their efforts at DAKAR,” said Eric Nault, race team manager for Polaris. “Having three out of four finishers is a true testament of both the riders’ and machine’s grittiness and endurance, and we congratulate Deltrieu, Carlini and Kraft on their incredible achievements.”

All racers ran the 2009 Outlaw 525 IRS for the race. The Outlaw 525 IRS is endurance race proven and its Independent Rear Suspension provided a smooth ride and reduced rider fatigue.

About Polaris
With annual 2007 sales of $1.8 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all terrain vehicles (ATVs), including the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use. Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ATVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Yamaha Launches YFZ450R Web Site

Yamaha YFZ450R
Yamaha Launches YFZ450R Web Site
New Site Features Video, Photos and Information on the All-New High-Performance Sport ATV

CYPRESS, Calif. – December 15, 2008 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., has launched a creative new Web site featuring its highly anticipated, recently announced YFZ450R. The YFZ450R is a high-performance race-ready ATV and the new site, located at www.yamaha-motor.com/yfz450r features exciting videos, photos and detailed information based strictly on this machine.

“The YFZ450R is a ground-breaking ATV that required its own exclusive online environment in order to showcase all of its new features,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager. “This site is a new and exciting project for Yamaha and is designed to cater to anyone interested in race-performance Sport ATV technology.”

The new site opens with an introductory video including some serious MX action featuring Yamaha Factory Racer Dustin Nelson. Once inside, there are menu bars linking to detailed information on the machine’s top features. A photo gallery contains studio, action and detailed images. More riding videos and walk-around reviews compliment the still images, and a host of interactive features allow visitors to dig deep into the new vehicle. There is a creative 360-degree three-dimensional element, details on the YFZ450R’s features and specifications, and a page dedicated to the machine’s new Yamaha GYTR® parts and accessories.

More information on all of Yamaha’s ATV and Side-by-Side products is available at www.yamaha-motor.com.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of more than 4,000 dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1977, YMUS also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.

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