Company celebrates 50th model year anniversary
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – March 9, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAT), maker of the world’s fastest snowmobiles, continues its tradition of technology innovation with the new 2012 model lineup. At Arctic Cat’s annual snowmobile dealer meeting, the company unveiled 23 all-new snowmobile models, representing 75 percent of the 2012 lineup, in addition to its extensive sled offerings, performance-enhancing technologies and hundreds of snow-related parts, garments and accessories.
“Arctic Cat is proud to continue offering consumers first-to-market technologies that enhance sled performance and rider comfort,” said Claude Jordan, president and chief executive officer of Arctic Cat. “We have built our reputation on offering the world’s fastest snowmobiles, body-saving ride technology and expert-grade mountain sleds. Our 2012 model lineup continues this tradition.”
On its 2012 model snowmobiles, Arctic Cat is introducing exclusive new chassis, suspension, drive and braking technologies. Among these industry-leading advancements are: the all-new ultra-light ProCross Chassis for high-speed performance and an ultra-rigid ProClimb Chassis for peak mountain performance; the latest generation Arctic Race Suspension (ARS); the Arctic Drive System (ADS) featuring the new Torque Control Link (TCL); and the new Radial Master Brake Cylinder (RMC) hydraulic braking system.
In addition, all Arctic Cat snowmobiles are equipped with electronic, push-button reverse systems for quick, easy activation. The 800 and 570 engines utilize engine-reverse technology.
Arctic Cat offers a diverse line of snowmobiles across six market segments.
2012 Model Segments
Trail Performance: Arctic Cat introduced 9 trail performance models to meet every riding need, from the sporty value F570 to the F1100 Turbo high-speed racing sled. New for 2012, the ultra-lightweight and strong ProCross Chassis delivers superior handling performance, assisted by the ARS front-suspension for unmatched bump control and a new Slide-Action rear suspension. Additionally, the all-new ProCross Chassis harnesses the most powerful engine on a production snowmobile – Arctic Cat’s turbo-charged 1100 4-stroke EFI engine, which produces 177 horsepower. The F1100 Turbo LXR aims for comfort, and comes with a rear storage bag, electric-heated seat and medium-height windshield. For hardcore high-performance riders, Arctic Cat offers the F1100 Turbo Sno Pro, including the Limited and 50th Anniversary editions.
Mountain: Arctic Cat offers 9 new M Series mountain sled models for 2012. All M Series snowmobiles feature the all-new ProClimb Chassis, with its ultra-rigid, pyramidal design and neutrally balanced rider ergonomics, as well as the latest ARS suspension technology, ADS drive system and RMC hydraulic brakes. The M800 models are equipped with a 160-horsepower, 2-stroke engine, while the turbo-charged M1100 4-stroke models produce a blistering 177 horsepower at any altitude, making them the highest horsepower production machines on the mountain.
Crossover: Matching the lightweight and agile ProCross Chassis with the 160-horsepower 800 H.O. engine, Arctic Cat delivers the ultimate crossover combination: the all-new XF800 LXR, XF800 Sno Pro and XF800 Sno Pro High Country. The new XF is aimed at the same rider who wants outstanding trail handling with the ability to explore deep snow in the back-country. The XF800 models deliver by incorporating all of Arctic Cat’s latest technologies, including the lightweight ProCross Chassis, ARS front suspension, Tapered 2-Piece Tunnel on the chassis for improved ergonomics and leg comfort, and the new RMC brake.
Utility: Arctic Cat’s versatile Bearcat line is designed for work and play, offering great value and functionality. All Bearcat models are built on Arctic Cat’s Twin Spar chassis, offer an adjustable 40- to 44-inch ski stance, wide 8-inch skis and an extra-large fuel tank. New for 2012, Arctic Cat is introducing the Bearcat Z1 XT Groomer Special with unique features and accessories designed specifically to handle a wide range of trail grooming jobs. The Groomer Special is powered by an ultra-clean and quiet 1100 4-stroke engine, with an extra-wide and extra-long 156 inch track. A rear pintle hitch included on all Bearcat models, including the Groomer Special, enables easy attachment of a variety of rear-mount accessories. The Bearcat 570 and Bearcat 570 XT models provide both workhorse utility and the optional comfort of 2-up riding, with a detachable rear passenger seat and footrests. For the ultimate dual-purpose utility/touring, look no further than the Bearcat Z1 XT and Bearcat Z1 XT Limited, two snowmobiles that can go anywhere and do anything with a powerful 1100 4-stroke EFI engine. The XT Limited version adds premium, touring-focused features such as a third seat, rear storage bag, engine heater, heated driver seat and an extra-tall windshield.
Luxury Touring: Arctic Cat invented the 2-up touring snowmobile segment and still leads the way with an entry T570 2-stroke, as well as three luxury TZ1 models. The TZ1 – long-haul touring legends – are loaded with every possible comfort and convenience, and powered by the clean, quiet and ultra-smooth 1100 4-stroke engine. Standard features include: heated driver seat and heated, removable 2-up passenger seat; three removable storage bags; electric start and reverse; heated passenger grips with wind deflectors; and an accessory outlet. The cruising TZ1 Turbo LXR is capable of going anywhere with its 177 horsepower engine.
Youth: For the youngest snowmobile enthusiasts, Arctic Cat offers the Sno Pro 120. With a quiet, 4-stroke engine and mandated speed limit of 8 miles per hour, the Sno Pro 120 enables safe, outdoor fun for children and families.
Parts, Garments & Accessories: Arctic Cat continues to expand its line of quality snow-related products across all product categories. New items in 2012 include the introduction of hundreds of new parts, garments and accessories, such as: customizable windshields in a range of colors and sizes; fashionable cold-weather clothing, Drift Racing brand garments; and a broader line of avalanche safety products for mountain sledding.
For more detailed product information and specifications, go to www.arcticcatinc.com.
About Arctic Cat Inc.
Arctic Cat Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles under the Arctic Cat(R) brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.” More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.arcticcat.com.
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for certain forward-looking statements. The Company’s Annual Report, as well as the Report on Form 10-K and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company’s press releases and oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer, contain forward-looking statements that reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated. The words “aim,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate” and other expressions that indicate future events and trends identify forward-looking statements. Actual future results and trends may differ materially from historical results or those anticipated depending on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to: product mix and volume; competitive pressure on sales, pricing and sales incentives; increase in material or production cost which cannot be recouped in product pricing; changes in the sourcing of engines; interruption of dealer floorplan financing; warranty expenses and product recalls; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; product liability claims and other legal proceedings in excess of reserves or insured amounts; environmental and product safety regulatory activity; effects of the weather; general economic conditions and political changes, interest rate changes and consumer demand and confidence. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE: Arctic Cat Inc.