Arctic Cat is back. This couldn’t have made Cat enthusiasts happier.
As you have probably heard by now, Arctic Cat and BRP have came to an agreement and Arctic Cat can again sell their snowmobiles in Canada. BRP filed a lawsuit claiming patent infringement on their pyramidal chassis design. The ruling favoured BRP and Arctic Cat was forced to stop selling their snowmobiles in Canada.
Visiting some Arctic Cat dealers was a sad scene as showroom floors were virtually empty. Some dealers even talked to Yamaha to get their sleds in for the new season. People were wondering if this was the end of Arctic Cat. The big news years ago was that Arctic Cat went to pre orders only. Some thought this was to clear inventory so they can introduce their newest models. People who thought that were disappointed.
Arctic Cat is backed by some big money in Textron Inc. It would take something dramatic to shut down the cat.
In the end, BRP and Arctic Cat came to some sort of agreement and Arctic Cat is again allowed to sell their machines in Canada. Great news! We don’t know what BRP got in return. Some rumours say it might be the mono rail used in Arctic Cat’s Alpha One mountain sleds. Only time will tell.
Textron and Arctic Cat have gone through some growing pains during the 5 years since Textron took over. Hopefully all that is behind them and we can turn the page and see some new innovative models that Arctic Cat has been known for.
As an Arctic Cat owner I have mixed feelings about the news today. A long court battle has been settle, in which BRP (Ski Doo) claims that Arctic Cat infringed on their patent for their pyramid frame design. The one that changed the industry in 2002 with the Rev chassis. And the one that Cat riders fell in love with on the Procross/Proclimb models. The judge ruled in favour of BRP.
There are a lot of unknowns at this point. Where will the trail lead Arctic Cat. What we do know at this point is that Arctic Cat has been ordered to pay BRP $2.8 million and to stop sales of Arctic Cat sleds with that frame (which is pretty much everyone) in Canada. Read the press release here.
So this information is still very fresh and I’m sure Arctic Cat will not go down without a fight. We are left with so many questions. Is this the beginning of the end of Arctic Cat? How will Arctic Cat recover for this on top of the economic struggles that Covid-19 is and will present? What does this mean for Arctic Cat outside of Canada? What does this mean for current Arctic Cat owners? And what does this mean for Yamaha? I’m sure we will get some answers soon. All we really want is the best for the snowmobile industry. And you would think having Arctic Cat part of that would only make it better. Check back for more as this story unfolds
Wow. Just as you thought the snowmobile industry can’t get more innovated, Ski-Doo has stepped it up again for the 2021 model line up. We already heard about the 2021 Summit 850 turbo, now let’s look at the game changer. The brand new rMotion X and RAS X.
In some people’s opinion the rMotion rear end is the best in the business. How can Ski-Doo improve on that? Well, if you remember the rMotion was slapped into the Gen 4 chassis. Now the rMotion X and RAS X is designed specifically for the Gen 4 chassis.
Without getting into the engineering design, the simple way to describe the improvements is that the ride is way superior! The sled stays flatter and you can accelerate hard out of the corner into the next.
With all the hype focused on the new 2 stroke turbo and the suspension upgrades, let’s not forget that Ski-Doo is introducing a new digital gauge which is GPS and Bluetooth enabled.
If you have been contemplating about dropping some coin on a new model, this spring might be the time! For pricing and full details check out Ski-Doo’s site.