Bombardier expands its utility vehicle line-up with the new Sarasota 1000
Valcourt, Québec, October 16, 2003 - Bombardier Recreational Products opens a new product category for its dealer network, with the launch of the Bombardier SarasotaTM 1000 wheeled utility vehicle with side-by-side seating. Developed under the strategic alliance with Deere & Company, the Sarasota 1000 vehicle is manufactured by Deere & Company for Bombardier, with Bombardier identity and coloration.
"The Sarasota 1000 vehicle is the most recent example of Bombardier Recreational Products' commitment to providing affordable, innovative and industry-leading products to stimulate new interest in our dealer showrooms and open new markets," said Pierre Arsenault, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the Snowmobile, Watercraft and ATV Division.
Designed with convenience in mind for a variety of utility applications, the Sarasota 1000 vehicle is a light, compact, utility box bed transporter with two side-by-side bucket seats. The Sarasota 1000 vehicle is especially well suited for usage by landowners, rural households, families and work crews in open-land, suburban, semirural and work site situations. The Sarasota 1000 is also handy for property, trail maintenance and landscaping chores.
With its slide-in access and low center of gravity, the Sarasota 1000 is a user-friendly, get-in-and-go vehicle. With a maximum speed of 24 km an hour (15 MPH), its car-like features include a steering wheel and foot-controlled throttle and brakes. A fully automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with reverse eliminates shifting and makes the Sarasota 1000 easy to use. Standard amenities include two cup-holders, glove box, hour meter and fuel sight gauge.
The Sarasota 1000 features a tailgate and a tilting cargo bed capable of carrying and dumping 181 kg (400 lbs.). The towing capacity is 272 kg (600 lbs.) and the total payload capacity is 363 kg (800 lbs.). With a 'wet-weight' of 296 kg (653 lbs.), the Sarasota 1000 is compact enough (at 125 cm /49 inch wide) to fit in the bed of most standard-sized pick-up trucks.
The Sarasota 1000 vehicle is not an ATV, nor does it meet the definition of an ATV. The Sarasota 1000 is not intended or certified for street use. It is designed for traveling on turf, dirt or gravel roads and paved surfaces such as driveways. The manufacturer suggests that children under the age of 16 not drive this vehicle.
Bombardier Recreational Products designs, develops, builds, distributes and markets utility vehicles, RotaxTM engines and karts, Ski.Doo® and Lynx® snowmobiles, BombardierTM ATVs, Sea.Doo® watercraft and sport boats, Johnson® and Evinrude® outboard engines, as well as Evinrude direct injection and Evinrude E.TECTM technologies.
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).
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For a picture of the Sarasota 1000, please visit www.bombardier-atv.com.
Manager, ATV Marketing
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