Arctic Cat and Yamaha expand engine and factory agreements

Publish Date: 
Feb 20, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Arctic Cat announced today that it has entered into an engine supply agreement with Yamaha Motor Corp., expanding its purchase of Yamaha snowmobile engines starting in the 2014 model year.

Arctic Cat also has agreed to start manufacturing some of Yamaha’s full-size snowmobiles after building a Yamaha youth model last year.

Arctic Cat initially entered into an agreement in 2009 to buy Yamaha 123cc four-stroke engines for its youth snowmobile. This agreement has now been expanded to include select Yamaha four-stroke engines.

“The engine purchase agreement with Yamaha, combined with the engines that we plan to manufacture in-house, will provide Arctic Cat’s customers with the most well-rounded engine choices when it comes to technology, reliability and horsepower,” said Brad Darling, Arctic Cat’s Snow Division vice president and general manager.

Arctic Cat chairman and CEO Claude Jordan stated: “Our current Arctic Cat snowmobile chassis is renowned for its lightweight, bump control and precision handling. Combine that with the new performance engine options from Yamaha, as well as our state-of-the-art engine manufacturing facility in St. Cloud, Minn., and we guarantee there will be exciting years ahead for Arctic Cat enthusiasts.”

Arctic Cat also expanded a co-branding agreement to build select Yamaha snowmobiles in Arctic Cat’s Thief River Falls, Minn., factory according to Yamaha’s specifications. This agreement began in 2012, with Arctic Cat building the Yamaha SRX 120 youth model snowmobile, and now will include full-size performance snowmobiles starting with model year 2014. These snowmobiles also will be built to Yamaha specifications using Yamaha four-stroke engines.

“We are pleased that our relationship with Yamaha continues to grow and with the opportunities ahead for both companies,” Jordan said. “Going forward, we believe this relationship will provide tremendous value to Arctic Cat, our customers, our dealers and our shareholders.”

Posted by Arlo Redwine