NEWNAN, Ga. - Yamaha announced that the first Viking SxS vehicles have rolled off the assembly line and are shipping from the company's manufacturing facility here.
"Every Yamaha Viking distributed throughout the United States and around the world will come from Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. of America (YMMC)," according to the company's press release.
The factory has opened a second plant dedicated to Viking and future SxS production. Adding more than 100 jobs. More jobs could be added in the next couple of years in Newnan as market conditions demand, Yamaha executives told dealers earlier this summer.
At the ribbon-cutting rollout event were executives from Japan as well as the United States, including Neil Hideshima, director, managing executive officer and chief general manager of Yamaha's Procurement Center; Hideshima also is past president of YMMC. Also attending were Toshi Kato, president of Yamaha Motor Corp. USA; Harry Ito, president of YMMC; and Michael Chrzanowski, senior GM of Yamaha's Recreational Vehicles Business Unit.
YMMC is the largest employer in Newnan, according to Chrzanowski. The facility, which covers more than 850,000 sq. ft., is responsible for assembling Yamaha ATVs, SxS vehicles, Golf Cars and Water Vehicles.
The new Viking, a three-person side-by-side utility vehicle, began arriving at Yamaha dealerships this month. Non-EPS models start at $11,499 MSRP; EPS models start at $12,499.
Posted by Mary Slepicka. Press image courtesy Yamaha.