Bombardier Outlander ATV Named "ATV of the Year"

Bombardier Recreational Products is pleased to announce that the Bombardier™ Outlander™ 400 H.O. 4X4 ATV has been named 2003 ATV of the Year by ATV Magazine, the world’s largest All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) industry publication. This marks the Outlander’s second1 ATV of the Year honor by a major ATV publication since its launch. Bombardier’s newest entry into the highly competitive ATV market was chosen over new models from all major competitors, including the 2003 Honda Rincon.

"The Outlander fits our ATV of the Year award criteria better than any other ATV. It brings innovative engineering to a category of ATVs that is longing for improvement. It offers consumers a level of comfort and performance never before available at this price," said Glenn Hansen, Editor of ATV Magazine.

"Our goal in creating a vehicle for the 300 and 400cc segments, which are the heart of the ATV market, was to establish an a game-changing ATV," Chris Dawson, Vice President, Marketing, Snowmobiles, Watercraft and ATVs said. "This ATV had to redefine consumers’ expectations for a fun ride and comfort over tough terrain. These two "ATV of the Year" honors clearly establish that, with the Outlander, we have achieved what we set out to do."

The Outlander 400 H.O. and 330 H.O. models offer advanced technology and are ideal for consumers who want a sporty look and a comfortable, superior ride in a lightweight package. Powered by a reliable new, high performance Rotax® 4-TEC™ engine, the Outlander introduced the highly innovative TTI™ (Trailing Torsional Independent) rear suspension that provides superior ride comfort over a broad range of terrain and conditions. This system significantly improves rider comfort by repositioning the two independent pivot points so that the rear wheels travel in a predictable straight "up-and-down" line when encountering bumps.
Outlander ATVs also include Bombardier’s revolutionary SST™ (Surrounding Spar Technology) frame, a one-piece perimeter steel frame that provides greater strength, structural integrity, and a superior power-to-weight ratio. The SST delivers a narrower bottom profile "runner", whose slide and glide action allows Outlander ATVs to virtually "ski" across obstacles.

Standard Outlander 4x4 ATV features include constantly variable automatic transmission (CVT), 2WD/4WD selectability, full floorboards, and an eye-catching, molded rack design.

Bombardier Recreational Products designs, develops, builds, distributes and markets utility vehicles, Rotax® engines, Ski-Doo® and Lynx® snowmobiles, Bombardier® ATVs, Sea-Doo® watercraft and sport boats as well as Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard marine engines and the Ficht® direct fuel injection technology.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 80,000 people in 24 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2002 stood at $21.6 billion Cdn. Bombardier trades on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

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1 The Bombardier Outlander 400 HO 4X4, ATV of the Year 2003, Guide du VTT Quad 2003, 2003 Canadian ATV Guide.

For more information:
Marc R. Lacroix
Director, Communications and Public Relations
Snowmobiles, Watercraft and ATVs
Bombardier Recreational Products
(450) 532-6454
[email protected]