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October 2, 2017

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www.PowersportsBusiness.com In September, the first 2018 Ranger XP 1000 rolled off the assembly line in Hunts- ville, Alabama. According to Polaris, the new flagship Ranger "is more rugged, more refined, more Ranger. The vehicle features more than 100 owner-inspired innovations making it the hardest working, smoothest riding Ranger ever built." CAN-AM PARTNERS WITH LUKE BRYAN BRP's Can-Am off-road brand has announced it is the official off-road vehicle of the Luke Bryan Farm Tour for 2017 and 2018. "Can-Am is all about passion. We work hard at reinventing ourselves to bring the best to people, as does the agricultural com- munity," said Marc-André Dubois, market- ing director for Can-Am off-road. "To have the opportunity to support Luke Bryan's values and affection for farmers is something we are really proud of. We are eager to start the tour and share the Can-Am experience with every Luke Bryan fan." This two-year commitment will give the Can-Am team opportunities to meet with more than 100,000 Luke Bryan Farm Tour fans and live concertgoers. Can-Am, in addi- tion to being the official off-road vehicle of Farm Tour, will have a bold presence at all six events to give people the full Can-Am experience, filled with fun and excitement. "The Farm Tour is all about giving back to the local farmer and their families," Bryan said. "Can-Am is a passionate brand with outstanding off-road products that shares our appreciation for the agricultural com- munity. We're pleased to have Can-Am assist us in our efforts to honor them." Country music and Luke Bryan Farm Tour fans alike can learn more about Can- Am vehicles from local Can-Am dealership staff and product specialists at designated vehicle display booths at each venue. Booth visitors can also register on site for a chance to win a Can-Am off-road vehicle, includ- ing the Can-Am Defender, which is built to excel in agricultural and off-road settings with a tough, capable and clever framework. The booth activities will include offering free giveaways for those who register to win. KAWASAKI UNVEILS NEW DISPLAY FEATURING FIRST MULES Kawasaki Motors Corp. unveiled a newly designed outdoor display at the Farm Prog- ress Show in August. This is the same show where KMC debuted the first Mule 1000 side-by-side 30 years ago. The large outdoor- themed display is designed to showcase the vehicle's work and play capabilities. The new 2018 Mule Pro-FXR, along with a large selection of Mule units, were on dis- play. The Mule Pro-FXR model exhibits the "play" side of the Kawasaki Mule Pro Series of side-by-sides. With a stronger, more com- pact shape that stands out among the Kawa- saki side-by-sides, a premium appearance, painted finish and aggressive styling, the Mule Pro-FXR is worthy of carrying forth the Kawasaki Strong legacy. The display also showcases one of the very first Mule utility vehicles ever built, a 1988 Mule 1000, serial No. 000006, nicknamed "Old Stinky." This unit has been in use since 1988 and has more than 14,000 miles on it, all logged on the premises of Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was retired in 2016 and is set to take on its new role at the show. "Kawasaki made history when we unveiled the Mule side-by-side 30 years ago, and as we continue to evolve the Mule lineup to match the needs of our custom- ers, we continue to provide strong, durable side-by-sides," said Kawasaki vice president of Marketing Chris Brull. "We put the same hard work and dedication into designing this new Mule consumer display. It celebrates the 30-year history of the Mule while also allowing consumers to get close and interact with the current generation of Mules." The Farm Progress Show annually hosts more than 600 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines and farm implements; seed and crop protection prod- ucts; and many additional farm supplies and services. In addition to the Farm Progress Show, KMC will bring the Kawasaki Mule display to the following shows: Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, from Oct. 17-19 and World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, from Feb. 13-15. FULLY AUTONOMOUS YAMAHA UTV IN DEVELOPMENT Yamaha Motor R&D is developing intelligent vehicle technology in wilderness environ- ments. Visit PowersportsBusiness.com for video of a fully autonomous Yamaha Viking VI (AS-X1) heading down a trail with no driver. The Yamaha Viking VI (AS-X1) in this video is fully autonomous with a custom drive-by-wire system, navigation sensors and point-to-point navigation demonstrated on an off-road test course. CAMSO TRACK SYSTEM AVAILABLE FOR KODIAK 450 Camso is expanding its current collabora- tion with Yamaha Parts and Accessories, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., with the aim of extending the ride of dirt bike and ATV owners. Dirt bike riders seeking to enjoy their vehicles year round will be able to add Cam- so's dirt-to-snow bike conversion system, the Camso DTS 129, to Yamaha's WR450F. Meanwhile, the all-new Yamaha Kodiak 450 mid-size all-terrain vehicle will also be avail- able with the Camso ATV R4S track system as an option, allowing greater access to a broader playground at a lower price. The new DIGEST 2018 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 rolls off line See Digest, Page 32 The first Polaris Ranger XP 1000 rolled off the assembly line in Huntsville, Alabama. Photo courtesy of Polaris

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