Polaris has expanded its purpose-built commercial vehicle line, Polaris Brutus, to include the Brutus base model with cab, heat and air conditioning. This unit is now available for order through authorized Brutus dealers in North America.
In March 2013, Polaris introduced the three-model Brutus lineup as the first side-by-side utility vehicle in the market to deliver front-end power take-off (PTO) capability. The new Brutus model integrates key offerings from the Brutus HD and Brutus HDPTO models.
Polaris continued its torrid sales pace in the first quarter of 2013 with net sales of $745.9 million, an increase of eleven percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $673.8 million.
“We are pleased that consumers and enthusiasts around the world continued to make Polaris their brand and product of choice during the first quarter of 2013. While Off-Road Vehicles (“ORVs”) and motorcycles faced challenging 2012 comparisons, we were again able to outpace the industry and increase market share in both product lines,” says Scott Wide, Polaris’ chairman and CEO. “Our snowmobile business also generated strong retail sales and market share growth during the first quarter.
“During the quarter, we also launched the highly anticipated Polaris Brutus and Bobcat utility vehicles, co-developed with Bobcat. We are pleased with the vehicles’ performance and the initial market reaction from dealers and customers has been positive. Shipments to both the Bobcat and Polaris’ new commercial channels will begin in April.”
Bobcat has recently unveiled an innovative new line of hydrostatic drive utility vehicles – the 3600 and 3650. The 3650 model has the capacity to operate front-mounted PTO attachments.
If this sounds familiar, that’s because Polaris released its new Brutus line of work vehicles with similar PTO capabilities earlier this week Polaris and Bobcat worked together on these machines.
Both the 3600 and 3650 offer cabs with both heat and air conditioning, making these true four-season work vehicles.
Powered by 24.8-horsepower diesel engines, the new 3600 and 3650 join the 3200, 3400 and 3400XL in Bobcat’s utility vehicle family, along with the Toolcat 5600 and 5610 utility work machines.
One of the main drivers behind the 3600 and 3650 was the development of a hydrostatic drive system. The hydrostatic system in the new Bobcat UTVs provides durability, and uses a single two-speed motor with fewer moving parts.