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Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

Monday 12/24/12

New Year Means New ATVs and Utility Vehicles

If Santa didn't bring you a new ATV or UV for Christmas, Yamaha and Kawasaki hope you'll go to a dealer and buy one.

The Grizzly 550 FI EPS is one of three new ATV's from Yamaha. (Photo by Yamaha Motor Corp.)

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. is rounding out its utility ATV line with the addition of 2013 red utility ATVs produced at its Newnan, Georgia, manufacturing facility.

Red versions of Yamaha's utility ATV models should start arriving at dealers before the end of the year. They include the Grizzly 700 FI EPS, Grizzly 550 FI EPS and Grizzly 450 EPS.

"Yamaha has strong demand from a variety of customer groups -- including farmers and recreational users alike -- for the red utility models, and we've seen our dealer partners ask for them this fall," said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS group marketing manager. "All of Yamaha's 4x4 ATVs now come from its U.S. manufacturing facility in Georgia, which allows the company to respond more quickly to customer demands."

Also new on the market for 2013 is a four-passenger utility vehicle from Kawasaki, the Teryx4 750 4x4.

Powered by a 749-cc, liquid cooled V-Twin engine, the Teryx4 features digital fuel injection and electric power steering.

The automatic power drive system features high and low ranges, plus reverse. A continuously variable transmission provides direct engine feel along with instantaneous acceleration.

The Teryx4 offers both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options, and a four-wheel drive with a locking differential to improve traction in slippery conditions. The Teryx4 rides on 26-inch Maxxis tires mounted on 12-inch rims.

Teryx4 has 10.8 inches of ground clearance, carries 249 pounds of cargo in an 18-inch by 48-inch bed and tows 1,300 pounds. It carries 7.9 gallons of fuel.

The Teryx4 comes in three versions: a four-seater one with electric power steering, a limited edition with electric power steering, and a camo version (Realtree APG HD camouflage), also with electric power steering. The LE version includes 12-spoke cast aluminum wheels, a cab roof, body colored door panels and two-tone bucket seats.

For more info, visit www.kawasaki.com. MSRP: $15,499

Posted at 2:41PM CST 12/24/12 by Dan Miller
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