Textron Specialized Vehicles is transitioning Arctic Cat side-by-sides and ATVs to the Textron Off Road brand, effective with eighteen, 2018 models.
Textron Inc. acquired Arctic Cat in March 2017, adding another powerful brand to its portfolio of aircraft,professional tools, turf-care equipment and mowers, among many others. Most Arctic Cat side-by-sides and ATVs, including the Alterra, Prowler and Wildcat product lines, will now carry the Textron Off Road brand name, according to the company. These models join the Textron Off Road Stampede side-by-side to form a robust 2018 lineup.
“With Textron Off Road, we are marrying Arctic Cat’s legacy of high performance, reliability and innovation to Textron’s powerful combination of engineering expertise, manufacturing know-how, and Fortune 200 resources,” said Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. “Together as Textron Off Road, we are creating a new leader in off-road vehicle performance.”
The Arctic Cat brand name will remain on all snowmobile product lines.
Side-by-side and ATV production will continue in Thief River Falls, Minn., with the manufacture of Stampede models relocating there from Augusta, Ga. Production of the Textron Motors engines that power the Stampede will move from Germany to the company’s St. Cloud, Minn. production facility, which already produces several four-stroke off road engines for ATVs and side-by-sides, and two-stroke engines for Arctic Cat snowmobiles.
Some Alterra and XC ATVs, and HDX and Prowler side-by-side models, will retain the Arctic Cat brand while inventory lasts.
To avoid product overlap, the Textron Off Road Recoil and Ambush side-by-side product lines, as well as the Onslaught ATV, will be discontinued. Arctic Cat dealers will continue to supply service, parts and accessories for these vehicles.