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Dec. 24, 2007 – ATV Report

December 24, 2007
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Warn Names New President
Warn Industries appointed John McCalla as the company’s new president and CEO. McCalla replaces Tom Giacomini, who accepted a position at Warn’s parent company Dover Corp. McCalla will be responsible for all operating aspects of the business and will continue the company’s focus on new product and market development.
McCalla previously served as vice president of the Warn Industrial and Powertrain divisions.
“John’s exceptional product awareness and connection to Warn’s international customers will serve him well in the president’s role,” Giacomini said.
McCalla has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and joined Warn in 1994, having previously been employed at General Motors.
Kawasaki Increases ATV Warranty To 12 Months
Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA has increased its ATV basic limited warranty from six months to 12 months.
The new warranty will apply to all 2008 units, as well as 2007 and prior year new Kawasaki ATVs retailed after Nov. 1, according to a Kawasaki press release.
Registered owners of 2008 ATVs will receive a letter from Kawasaki about the extended warranty. They also will receive updated product registration cards and warranty certificates.
Kawasaki made this move about four months after Honda extended its warranty for ATVs.
Polaris Defense Unveils Military Ranger
Polaris Industries announced its new military version Ranger utility vehicle to the Army at Fort Campbell, Ky.
The MVRS800 is the newest addition to the company’s family of Ultra Light Tactical Vehicles produced for the military. It is powered by a 760cc, 40hp Patriot engine that operates on JP8, the U.S. military’s standard fuel. Polaris first introduced this engine last year on the militarized MV800 ATV.
To withstand the rugged terrain the military expects these vehicles to perform in, the MVRS features a steel exoskeleton, high-capacity fuel tank, run flat tires and a sealed powertrain, which can ford up to 30 inches of water. For easy transport of soldiers or gear, the vehicle also has a front storage rack, multiple D-rings, weapons storage and a rear bed with fold-down sides. The rear bed is adaptable to accessories such as litter racks and rear seating. Polaris also offers a gasoline-powered version of this vehicle called the MVRS700.
Polaris Defense has been providing vehicles to the armed forces since 2001. psb

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