MEDINA, Minn., (March 6, 2013) Polaris Industries Inc.
(NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, today announced
an initiative to expand into the commercial vehicle market. As a result of
this initiative, Polaris® unveiled the Polaris BRUTUS™,
the company’s first purpose-built commercial vehicle line and the first
side-by-side utility vehicle in the market to deliver front-end power
take-off (PTO) capability.
As the recognized leader in the powersports industry with 2012 sales of
$3.2 billion, Polaris applied the company’s industry-leading utility vehicle
expertise to create a diverse product portfolio of commercial-grade
vehicles. The new BRUTUS models are specifically engineered for individuals
and businesses that seek capable, durable task vehicles.
In addition to the BRUTUS line of work utility vehicles, Polaris’
commercial offerings include current vehicles utilized by customers as
reliable daily workhorses. The portfolio consists of models from the hardest
working, smoothest riding family of RANGER® side-by-sides and
SPORTSMAN® all-terrain vehicles, as well as the GEM®
line of premium compact electric vehicles.
“The introduction of the BRUTUS product family is part of our commitment
to offer the commercial customer innovative and relevant vehicles that best
suit their needs,” David Longren, Polaris Vice President, Off-Road Vehicles
(ORV) and ORV Engineering said. “Through our 60 years of engineering
experience, strategic alliances with other industry leaders and our
incredible network of dealers, we are able to provide the commercial market
with the most productive, reliable and versatile vehicles.”
The BRUTUS product line is an outcome of the strategic alliance formed
between Polaris and Bobcat in 2009. The co-developed vehicles leverage the
strengths of both companies with Polaris’ expertise in utility vehicles and
the powersports market, and Bobcat’s experience in work vehicle technology
Polaris BRUTUS HD
Manufactured at Polaris’ Spirit Lake, Iowa, facility, the BRUTUS models
leverage technology found in the Polaris RANGER line and are comprised of
three models – BRUTUS, BRUTUS HD and BRUTUS HDPTO. The line was built to be
the most versatile, most capable and most comfortable side-by-side utility
vehicles ever created, enabling users to complete more tasks without
spending more time and energy.
The BRUTUS models offer a 24-horsepower diesel engine with hydrostatic
transmission which delivers all the torque and power needed to get the job
done. An innovative treadle pedal allows travel in forward or reverse
without shifting gears, providing an ideal setup for commercial
applications. BRUTUS vehicles provide a class-leading six inches of
suspension travel, which combined with On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive,
allows for safe and comfortable transportation of passengers and cargo over
virtually any terrain.
BRUTUS models are the first side-by-side utility vehicles that use a
multi-link coil over De Dion rear suspension to deliver superior ride
quality for commercial work applications. The rear suspension supports a
1,250 pound cargo capacity and minimizes suspension sag when fully loaded.
The suspension also maintains class-leading ground clearance when trailering
with its best-in-class 2,000 pound towing capacity. A pallet-sized rear
cargo box features Polaris’ exclusive Lock & Ride® cargo system
for easy installation and removal of worksite accessories.
BRUTUS HDPTO with PTO-powered Angle Broom
The ability to operate several front-end attachments provides commercial
customers with new levels of versatility, and ultimately, a cost-effective
and more productive work solution. The Pro-Tach™ attachment system, standard
on the BRUTUS HD and BRUTUS HDPTO, delivers work customers the capability to
change from one attachment to the next quickly and easily. Creating levels
of productivity never before seen in its class, a revolutionary, front-end
PTO system on the BRUTUS HDPTO draws power directly from the vehicle’s
engine. The high efficiency, mechanical PTO maximizes power to a line of
purpose-built, out-front commercial attachments. Featured in the complete
line of attachments are three PTO-powered attachments – angle broom,
finishing mower and snow blower – and three hydraulically-powered
attachments – snow blade, pallet forks and materials bucket – allowing users
to sweep, mow, blow, lift, plow and scoop with just one machine.
For optimal use of attachments regardless of weather, the BRUTUS HDPTO
comes standard with a fully-enclosed, factory-installed cab with heat,
defrost and air conditioning. Available Lock & Ride® PRO-FIT™ cab
components are pre-designed for the BRUTUS and BRUTUS HD frame and lock on
tightly for a secure cab system. A full line of cab, storage and vehicle
protection accessories also are available for the BRUTUS line to meet each
commercial customer’s unique needs.
The Polaris BRUTUS Family of Work Vehicles
The BRUTUS, BRUTUS HD and BRUTUS HDPTO are now available to order through
select Polaris dealers with shipments starting in April. For more
information on BRUTUS and the complete Polaris commercial vehicle offerings,
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