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Arctic Cat Announces Engine and Co-Brand Agreements with Yamaha Motor Corporation | Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAT) announced today that it has entered into an engine supply agreement with Yamaha Motor Corporation, expanding Arctic Cat’s purchase of Yamaha snowmobile engines starting in the 2014 model year. Arctic Cat initially entered into an agreement to purchase Yamaha 123cc 4-stroke engines for its youth snowmobile in 2009. This agreement has now been expanded to include select 4-stroke engines from Yamaha.
“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.”
Arctic Cat’s Snow Division Vice President and General Manager Brad Darling said, “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.”
Arctic Cat’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 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, Minnesota, and we guarantee there will be exciting years ahead for Arctic Cat enthusiasts.”
In addition to expanding the engine supply agreement with Yamaha, Arctic Cat also has 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 will be built to Yamaha specifications using Yamaha 4-stroke engines.
“We are pleased that our relationship with Yamaha continues to grow and with the opportunities ahead for both companies,” added Jordan. “Going forward, we believe this relationship will provide tremendous value to Arctic Cat, our customers, our dealers and our shareholders.”


Why did Arctic Cat approach Yamaha to supply snowmobile engines?

We already had an existing supply arrangement for the 120 engine starting in 2009;
this led to discussions on expanding the program. Arctic Cat then approached Yamaha to supply the industry’s leading 3-cylinder 1049cc 4-stroke engine. The new supply agreement is beneficial to both companies.

Why would Arctic Cat choose to work with Yamaha ?

Arctic Cat strives to work with the best suppliers, and one of them is Yamaha. Both
Arctic Cat and Yamaha are proven leaders in the snowmobile industry, by working together, both companies can learn from each other’s strengths, and in the end, the
customer wins with better products.

Is this a long-term strategy between both companies?

Both Arctic Cat and Yamaha have a long-term vision. This is a multi-year agreement
between both companies and it’s premature to comment on any future details or opportunities.

Will Arctic Cat buy other Yamaha snowmobile engines?

At this point, Yamaha and Arctic Cat have only agreed to share the 3-cylinder, 1049cc, 4-stroke engine.

Will Yamaha receive any 2-stroke engines from Arctic Cat?


No.

What is the difference between the Arctic Cat and Yamaha snowmobiles?

The chassis, engine and calibration are essentially the same, although the styling cues, color, graphics, wind protection, headlight and fairing designs are different.

How does development work between the two companies?

The development of the snowmobile from a function standpoint is driven by Arctic Cat. Yamaha is a partner and shares in verification and validation. Both engineering teams work closely together to ensure that the final product meets quality and performance standards.

Will this agreement take any sales away from Arctic Cat?

This is a very brand loyal business, and there are minor differences in the snowmobiles which can offer additional value in either case. More importantly, we believe our dealers are prepared to offer the best after sales support for our customers. The 3-cylinder, 1049cc, 4-stroke engine from Yamaha competes in the 135-hp class; a class that Arctic Cat does not currently have any entries in. We expect to gain share for Arctic Cat customers looking to buy in this category.
 

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Cat bought engines before. So this is nothing new for them. But now they have someone buying from them.. More sales more profit. Buy stock!
 

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Just looked at the Yamaha sight. What the heck,just get a Yamaha. Maybe they will have better dealer support,parts and warrenty action. Thats if you are after a 4-stroke. Still, give me a oil sucking 2 stroke, that has oiled crank bearings.
 

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Just looked at the Yamaha sight. What the heck,just get a Yamaha. Maybe they will have better dealer support,parts and warrenty action. Thats if you are after a 4-stroke. Still, give me a oil sucking 2 stroke, that has oiled crank bearings.
That's what I was thinking, just get the Yamaha if you want the Genesis motor. Sharp sled. To me this more/less gives us more dealer options & more choice for the little things that are going to be differences between the two mfgs sleds. Maybe the Yamaha gage is better, maybe the local Yamaha dealer is better, maybe the Yamaha seat is a little more comfortable, maybe their windscreen (the taller one) is nicer... opens up more possibilities. That 135 hp 4 stroke is a great motor, a buddy had one but sold it due to a really crappy chassis / suspension. Nice motor though. Overall this is a good day, can only help us.

I have several buddies at work who own Yamahas (subcontractors who work for me), and I have always loathed the fact that they spend recreational money on products made in Japan instead of right here in Minnesota (stupid f*ckin' Americans we are...). This really blurs that line, seems like it should be OK now that at least some of the $ stays here & goes into our tax general fund instead of all of it going to Japan and some Minnesotans are employed because of these Yamaha sleds.

Win / win for us, Cats will be improved and Yamahas are now on the table as an opton, for me anyway. With all the procross chassis that will be out there now, with 2 manufacturers dealing with them, the problems will no longer be allowed to continue. Doesn't seem like something Yamaha would stand for.
 
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