Spartanburg, SC – August 19, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – KYMCO USA has entered a partnership that will have the powersports vehicle specialist produce an ATV to complement the rugged F-150 SVT Raptor off-road performance truck offered by Ford Motor Company.
The KYMCO Built Ford Tough® F-150 SVT Raptor Limited Edition MXU 500i is the result of an agreement between KYMCO USA and BDA, inc., the official licensing agent for Ford.
The limited edition ATVs are to be placed on display at participating Ford Truck dealerships during the promotional period. However, they will be offered for sale exclusively through the Ford Collection website www.fordcollection.com and participating KYMCO brand retailers will handle delivery of the ATVs purchased.
The most capable off-road performance truck to come straight from the production line, the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is powered by a 6.2L SOHC V8 engine producing 411 hp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, offers 11.2-inch front and 12.1-inch rear suspension travel, and is outfitted with 17-inch wheels shod with 35-inch off-road tires.
As suitable for recreational pursuits as it is for utility needs around the desert bivouac or forest campground, the 2011 KYMCO MXU 500i is powered by a fuel-injected 498cc four-stroke, four-valve liquid-cooled engine producing 36 hp, offers 7.5 inches of suspension travel at all four corners via a front and rear independent dual A-arm suspension connected to five-position adjustable oil damped shocks with dual rate springs, and features a tough 25×8-10 front and 25×10-12 rear tire/wheel combination. Limited Edition package items include the custom Metallic Blue finish with Ford F-150 Raptor Graphics, the Built Ford Tough® badging and unique alloy wheels.
“This KYMCO ATV is a perfect brand extension for our F-150 SVT Raptor customers who have an affinity for outdoor adventure, and it’s built to help them practice their adrenaline-filled activities, John Nens, Director of Ford Global Brand Licensing, says of the MXU 500i. It also looks the part, with graphics inspired by the same extreme sports and activities customers and enthusiasts of our high-performance truck find so alluring.”
“We’re very excited to work with the Ford people on this project,” KYMCO USA President & CEO Eric Bondy says of the partnership. “The team has been a pleasure to work with and we believe both Ford and KYMCO customers will be pleased with the offering.”
The KYMCO Built Ford Tough® F-150 SVT Raptor Limited Edition MXU 500i ATV will debut Aug. 19-21 as part of the Ford F-150 Truck display at the Woodward Dream Cruise, a classic car show in Detroit, Mich. expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.FORD.com.
About KYMCO USA
KYMCO’s roots in the motorsports industry go back to its founding in 1963 as the Kwang Yang Motor Company, Ltd., with headquarters in Taiwan. Long a leader in quality, fuel economy, and versatility, today KYMCO manufactures motor scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs at five plants in Asia, including the main facility in the city of Kaohsiung.
KYMCO is the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan and currently exports to 88 countries worldwide. All KYMCO plants use the latest technology for the engineering and production of reliable engine, chassis, and other components. Since 2004, KYMCO has been officially accredited for ISO-9001 quality in manufacturing. KYMCO is committed to maximum customer satisfaction and constant innovation, making use of the most advanced CAD/CAE tools to bring superior engineering and design to their products.
The company’s partner in the United States is KYMCO USA with headquarters, marketing and distribution centered in Spartanburg, South Carolina. KYMCO USA is dedicated to building the brand’s reputation and market share through superior value, frequent new product introductions, strategic industry partnerships, and excellence in dealer network support. KYMCO USA has a reputation and expertise gained through over 30 years in the U.S. motorsports industry. Learn more at www.KYMCOUSA.com.