The Arctic Cat ATV

The Arctic Cat ATV is a wondrous off-road machine. But in the case of Arctic Industries, it is actually an off-shoot of their original product, the snowmobile. The snowmobile serves its purpose for utility reasons and it most certainly serves its purpose as a recreational vehicle for wintertime fun depending where you live.

the Arctic Cat ATVIt is one of those vehicles where riders and owners become brand loyal and can become down-right competitive when it comes to defending their favorite moniker. Arctic Cat, officially named Arctic Industries Inc. of Thief River Falls, Minnesota has been in the business of manufacturing snowmobiles since the 1960's.

Their innovative designs have struck a nerve with snowmobilers in the United States, Canada, and in many other snow bound countries around the world ever since their inception (just as the Arctic Cat ATV would soon do).

They are among the very few elite sled manufacturers that still exist and thrive today. Arctic Industries knows the ups and downs of the snowmobile industry all too well, however.

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The Why of the Arctic Cat ATV

The weather is a major factor in snowmobile sales and that actually makes their main product, the snowmobile, a somewhat regional and seasonal item. In the United States for example, the snowmobile market is limited to the snow belt, the most northern portion of the country. The hit and miss economy obviously is another factor that can devastate annual sales.

Quite a few years back, Arctic Industries made a strategic decision to expand its business model. Since the snowmobile market is limited by region and weather, they decided to try their hand a personal watercraft. They introduced the Tigershark PWC as a remedy for seasonal production and sales in the hopes of benefiting in the summer months of course.

Although their heart was in the right place, their presence in the watercraft industry was short-lived. The next logical step was into the ATV market. This is where the tale gets interesting.

The Arctic Cat ATV model line made its debut in 2004 with utility, sport, and youth ATV's. Their initial offering was well rounded and quite impressive.

Their 4x4 ATV's feature a host of advanced technology including fully independent front and rear suspension, advanced hydraulic disc brakes, sophisticated long travel suspension with high ground clearance, automatic transmissions as well as high-low range transmission design, 2WD and 4WD shaft drive, locking differentials, electronic fuel injection.

They introduced their version of the 2X4 sport atv back in 2004 as well. The DVX 400 was merely a Suzuki Quadracer (LTZ400) ATV clad in Arctic Cat green and black with the Cat logo. The DVX would later be released in a red and black color scheme as well. The DVX held its own in the 2WD race and trail market sporting a reliable Suzuki four stroke engine.

The combination of the utility models, which have been competitively priced, and the sport atv's still produced in smaller, more economical versions, Arctic Cat is a force to be reckoned with. One thing is for sure, the Arctic Cat ATV line is diverse, reliable, and in the process of developing a loyal following as it did with it decades old snowmobile line.

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