polaris industries inc (PII) Key Developments
USSOCOM Awards Polaris Defense a New Sole Source Contract for MRZR Off-Road Vehicle Platform
Aug 24 15
USSOCOM has awarded Polaris Defense a new, sole source, firm-fixed-price contract for the MRZR off-road vehicle platform and vehicle delivery started earlier this month. The $83 million, five year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, signed in July, continues delivery order options on MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 vehicles - along with contractor logistics support (CLS) for spares, training and support as part of the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (LTATV) program. Since 2013, Polaris Defense has been delivering MRZR vehicles to USSOCOM under a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) against a GSA contract. The MRZR is a highly mobile off-road platform that is CV-22 internally transportable and can be configured a number of ways to help expeditionary forces meet mission requirements for emerging threats, while forward deployed. Some common tactical features of these off-road platforms include increased payload, standard winch, electronic power steering, aircraft tie-downs, fold down rollover protective structures (ROPS), large cargo boxes, IR light capability and blackout mode.
Polaris Introduces Utility Vehicle with Lithium-Ion Technology
Aug 5 15
Polaris Industries Inc. announced one of the first vehicles resulting from Polaris’ acquisition from Brammo Inc., the RANGER EV Li-Ion Polaris Pursuit® Camo. The RANGER EV Li-Ion Polaris Pursuit Camo offers more than three times the total battery lifespan of traditional acid batteries and more than twice the range on one charge (up to 50 miles) to ensure the vehicle spends more time in use. Due to having fewer, lighter weight Lithium-Ion Batteries, the vehicle is 462 lbs./210 kg lighter and accelerates faster than Polaris’ lead-acid battery option. To complement the Lithium-Ion battery technology, the pure electric RANGER EV Li-Ion Polaris Pursuit Camo features a refined electrical architecture and a single 48-volt, high-efficiency, AC-induction motor. The driver can select from three modes of operation: High for everyday use, Low for hard work and Max Range for great distance. The new system also features a Battery Management Controller which continuously monitors battery usage for a more accurate representation of battery life. A Vehicle Control Module (VCM) allows for a new digital gauge with speedometer and improved accessory integration. Accessories such as the Electronic Power Steering kit and Polaris Interactive Digital Display are now easier to install. The vehicle also is equipped with on-vehicle diagnostics for easier servicing. Along with offering the latest in battery technology, the RANGER EV Li-Ion Polaris Pursuit Camo offers hardest working features such as 10 gal./37.8 L of in-cab storage, 1500 lbs./680 kg of towing capacity, a 500 lb./22.7 kg gas-assist rear dump box and a 1000 lb./453.6 kg total payload to carry what once can need and haul heavy loads. The vehicle also is equipped with Polaris’ exclusive On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive to provide the traction needed to get the job done. When selected, the one-wheel drive VersaTrac Turf Mode plus high-pressure, 20 psi, 25 in/63.5 cm Carlisle turf-friendly tires ensure a lighter footprint on lawns and other terrain. The RANGER EV Li-Ion Polaris Pursuit Camo’s smoothest riding features such as its 10 in/25.4 cm of ground clearance, MacPherson strut front suspension and Independent Rear Suspension with 9 in/22.9 cm of travel are the reason Polaris’ electric off-road vehicles provide the best ride on the trail, the hunt or the jobsite.
Polaris Unveils the Latest in ORV and Motorcycle Product Lines for 2016
Jul 29 15
Polaris Industries Inc. unveiled its 2016 product offerings from its motorcycle and off-road vehicle divisions this week during its annual summer sales meeting in Las Vegas. The 2016 lineup features exciting upgrades to existing models and exceptional performance with 11 all new models. Polaris expands its lineup for Model Year 2016 bringing two more RZRs, two more RANGERs, three new Sportsman ATVs and a new Polaris ACE. PolarisRZR has defined recreational side-by-sides by offering the broadest line of vehicles including trail, high performance and four seat offerings for the ultimate combination of power, suspension, agility, comfort and customization. Owning a RZR has become more than enjoying the dunes, desert or trail, it is a community of owners who share the RZR lifestyle due to their passion for not only off-roading but the ultimate experiences RZR provides. To continue to enhance those experiences, for model year 2016, Polaris brings more performance with the introduction of two new vehicles and adds comfort enhancements to a majority of the RZR line. PolarisRANGER continues to add to its broadest lineup for model year 2016. To get more done from sun up to sun down, the versatile lineup consists of two-seat, full size and CREW vehicles for hunt, farm, trail and mud. For 2016, the line sees two new full-size and two new two-seat vehicles along with power upgrades and enhancements on existing models. Polaris Sportsman All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) are known as the hardest working, smoothest riding ATVs on the market. For Model Year 2016, the Sportsman line adds three new models, including two for the mud lifestyle, in addition to several improvements and new color choices driven from customer input. Since January 2014, the Polaris ACE has been redefining the off-road experience with the revolutionary, sit-in chassis that combines the nimble handling of an ATV with the security of a Side-by-Side. For model year 2016, Polaris is introducing the next level of capable, confident and comfortable with the Polaris ACE 900 SP. For Model Year 2016, Victory Motorcycles has introduced the 2016 Empulse TT, the first all-electric addition to the Victory lineup. As a fully electric street-legal sport bike that is as capable of carving tight lines on twisting roads as it is powering the daily commute, the bike builds on Victory Motorcycle’s focus on performance. The Empulse TT features a sport bike-style aluminum beam-frame, an adjustable suspension, and aggressive brakes. With a combination of advanced technology and stylish, modern design, this unique new motorcycle delivers outstanding overall performance, zero-emission output, and a torquey motor.
Polaris® Announces New Limited Edition Slingshot® At 2015 Las Vegas Dealers Show
Jul 28 15
Polaris Slingshot is adding a striking new edition to its line-up, the Black Pearl SL Limited Edition starting this August. In addition to its sleek new color, the Slingshot® Black Pearl SL Limited Edition features dramatic Indy Red color accents on its frame rails, coil springs and swing arm as well as black seats with grey accents. The new Slingshot® is packed with exhilarating features including a new low profile tinted blade windscreen that gives the vehicle a more aggressive look and an interior LED white and blue lighting package for an adrenaline-charged nighttime driving experience. Beginning in August, dealers will be receiving a limited quantity of this eye-catching model. The unique Slingshot® experience includes: A low, wide stance allowing drivers to feel the rush of pavement under the seat. An open-air cockpit for a 360-degree rush of sight, sound and smell. A shared riding experience, giving the driver and passenger to get a front row shot of adrenaline. Optimized weight distribution and proprietary low-profile tires for maximum cornering. A lightweight design for powerful acceleration. Slingshot® is now offered in three distinct trim levels for a limited time only. The base Slingshot® has a starting U.S. MSRP of only $21,199 features titanium metallic paint, 17 inch lightweight alloy wheels upfront and an 18 inch wheel in the rear. The premium Slingshot® SL, with a starting U.S. MSRP of only $25,199 features Red Pearl paint, larger 18 inch cast aluminum wheels upfront and a 20 inch wheel in the rear, as well as a blade windscreen for wind protection. It also features a media console with a 4.3" LCD screen, back-up camera, Bluetooth® integration and a 6-speaker audio system. The Slingshot® SL LE offers all of the same upgrades as the Slingshot® SL, but on top of that will include a striking Black Pearl paint color. The Slingshot® SL LE in Black Pearl has a U.S. MSRP of $26,199.
Brian C. Cornell Resigns from Board of Directors of Polaris Industries Inc
Jul 27 15
On July 22, 2015, Brian C. Cornell resigned from the Board of Directors of Polaris Industries Inc. effective at the end of the day on July 23, 2015.