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Polaris Introduces the Most Complete RZR Ever Built

New RZR XP 900 H.O. Jagged X Edition is the most powerful, most comfortable and most premium
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Polaris’ RZR is the No. 1 line of recreational side-by-sides on the market with a diverse line up including trail, high performance and multi-passenger options with the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility. Today, Polaris extends the product line by introducing the new, limited edition RZR XP 900 H.O. Jagged X Edition!“We’re very excited to offer the Jagged X Edition which provides a whole new customer solution featuring the most popular options straight from the factory,” said Craig Scanlon, general manager, Recreational Off-Road Vehicles for Polaris. “This vehicle is the most complete RZR ever built, combining the ultimate in performance, comfort and incredible styling.”

Polaris Acquires KLIM Technical Riding Gear

Addition of KLIM enhances Polaris offerings in the parts, garments and accessories market
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MINNEAPOLIS (December 6, 2012) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the acquisition of Teton Outfitters, LLC, a privately owned, Rigby, Idaho-based company which designs, develops and distributes KLIM Technical Riding Gear. Calendar year 2012 sales for KLIM are anticipated to approach $30 million. KLIM is an industry leader in technical riding gear. This acquisition adds KLIM to Polaris’ growing parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) business. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.“The KLIM acquisition provides yet another growth opportunity for our PG&A business, a key contributor to Polaris’ top-line growth and profitability,” said Steve Eastman, Polaris’ vice president of PG&A. “KLIM is an established leader in the powersports apparel market with a strong track record of providing innovative, premium technical riding gear to a broad range of consumers. Adding an outstanding brand like KLIM, whose strengths complement our existing business, gives us a more complete PG&A product lineup, one which will flourish in the global market. We are excited to welcome KLIM employees into the Polaris family. With our common culture and vision, we believe this will be a mutually beneficial partnership for everyone involved.”

Coastal Racing and their Ranger RZR XP 900 Take Best in the Desert UTV Championship

Jagged X has strong race to finish season
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Minneapolis, Dec. 4, 2012–With the Best in the Desert Championship up for grabs, the BITD Henderson 250 would determine the fate of the teams in the running. Scott Kiger and Mark Holz in their Coastal Racing No. 1934 RZR XP 900 came into the race trailing the leaders by a mere four points. Matt Parks and Jason Spiess in their No. 1932 RZR XP 4 900, and Brandon Schueler and Blake Van De Loo in their No. 1919 RZR XP 4, both from Team Polaris/Jagged X racing, have had an up and down year and were looking to end the season on a high note.  

Ride Tested - The Polaris Sportsman 550

Weekend in the Woods
Written By: 
John Arens
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It takes more than a few laps around the track or a quick ride through the dunes to truly get the feel for a machine.  We like to ride it, use it for work, maintain it, and live with it on our turf before we write any review.  It also helps to let many different riders try it as well, and although most machines hit the mark for some riders, there is one machine that is almost universally loved.  Welcome to the Polaris Sportsman 550.

William Yokley Takes GNCC “Open Modified” UTV Championship

RZRs hold top five series spots
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Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 23, 2012 – William Yokley and his National Guard / Polaris / Coastal / Yoshimura / DragonFire /Yokley Racing RZR XP 900 took the GNCC “Open Modified” UTV Championship for fourth consecutive year with Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger in his National Guard / Polaris / Coastal / Yoshimura / Yokley Racing RZR XP 900 taking second. RZRs proved to be a dominant force in the class taking the top five spots for the season.

Polaris Defense Survivability Solutions Headline AUSA Display

Advanced armor and non-pneumatic tires address protection and mobility requirements
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MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 22, 2012) — Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is showcasing two advanced vehicle technologies, designed to address the U.S. military’s need for increased vehicle survivability, at the AUSA 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition. A lightweight, advanced armor solution and non-pneumatic tires (NPT) are on display in Polaris Defense booth #3913 through Wednesday at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.“We take our role as a defense provider very seriously and as a result have identified two critical survivability challenges, invested in the development of effective countermeasures and are delivering them to the customer,” said Richard Haddad, Polaris Defense General Manager. “We can meet the military’s need for cost-effective, robust solutions by providing lightweight, advanced armor technology and non-pneumatic tires that will help increase the survivability and prolong the life of the U.S. Military’s expansive tactical wheeled vehicle fleet.”Perfecting the Iron Triangle: Advanced ArmorPolaris Defense, partnered with M9 Defense, has developed a unique lightweight armor technology for the U.S. military.  This is showcased as a concept demonstrator HMMWV at AUSA. While displayed on a light tactical vehicle, the armor is applicable to any tactical wheeled vehicle or combat vehicle platform. This new armor is produced with certified military materials using a proprietary ballistic resistant formulation and manufacturing process and it has the lowest pounds per square foot of any armor available in today’s market. The steel-hybrid composite armor, in conjunction with a high-speed production process, allows the Polaris/M9 team to form this cutting-edge armor into capsules and other ballistic vehicle components at speeds comparable to that of sheet metal processing, greatly reducing the overall cost. “This armor redefines the iron triangle by restoring vehicle payloads, improving ballistic protection and upgrading vehicle performance and mobility,” said Haddad.Reinventing the Wheel: Non-Pneumatic TiresThe acquisition of Resilient Technologies™ enables Polaris Defense to harness its non-pneumatic, never-flat tire technology towards increasing the survivability and handling of both currently fielded and future vehicles, either as a block upgrade or an integrated component. The NPT is composed of a central polymeric web surrounded by a rubber tread band which allows continuous operation, even if up to 30 percent of the web is damaged.“We have tested our NPTs over 5,000 miles with a .50 caliber bullet hole and the performance exceeded expectations,” said Haddad. “This capability gives our troops an edge when operating in rugged terrain that destroys tires by eliminating the mission impact associated with flats.”“Advanced armor and NPT technologies significantly broaden the capability of Polaris Defense platforms and leverage the company’s strength in product innovation and vehicle development,” said Haddad, “ensuring that Polaris Defense remains the leader in the ultra-light military vehicle market.”Photos:For high resolution imagery, please contact Katie Paulson, kpaulsonpr@gmail.com.About PolarisPolaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2011 sales of $2.7 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) and Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

RZRs Shine at Best in the Desert’s Bluewater Desert Challenge

Cognito RZR takes win, Jagged X takes Sportsman class
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Minneapolis, Oct. 16, 2012– Best in the Desert’s Bluewater Desert Challenge is a two-day race, consisting of 75 miles raced each day, in Parker, Ariz. This fast-paced race takes a lot of strategy to ensure a finish after two days of racing through the harsh terrain of Parker’s desert.In the starting field of more than 20 side-by-sides, was Jagged X’s Brandon Schueler in the No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900, Jagged X’s Matt Parks in the No. 1932 RZR XP 4 900, Justin Lambert in Cognito Motorsport’s No. 1918 RZR XP 4 900, Scott Kiger’s Holz Coastal Racing No. 1934 RZR XP driven by Mark Holz, and Jagged X’s Bill Schueler and Polaris Marketing and Sales Director Craig Scanlon in the almost-stock 1991 RZR XP 4 900.

Rapala Continues to Grow Elite Ice Force Brand

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MINNETONKA, Minn. (October 12, 2012) Rapala®, the world’s favorite fishing lure and Polaris, the recognized leader in the powersports industry, have formed a strategic marketing partnership, further elevating Rapala’s ICE FORCE brand, which serves the ice fishing market.This partnership completes Rapala’s fifth business alliance with a Minnesota based company throughout 2012, adding the renowned Polaris brand to Rapala’s industry leading ICE FORCE line of products, the dominant brand in the ice-fishing industry.

Ride Report - The Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O.

Old Faithful
Written By: 
John Arens
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If there is one machine that defines the do-it-all, hardworking and hard playing utility ATV, it is the Polaris Sportsman 500.  They’re practically mandatory at every hunting camp in the country, and they’re on every trail regardless of whether it’s a Louisiana swamp run or a climb into the snow covered mountains of Idaho.  Along the way, they became the best-selling ATV ever built.  Nearly all were abused occasionally, if not on a regular basis, with some owners completely ignoring any regular maintenance; yet the Sportsman was always ready for more.

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