Motor Corp., U.S.A., has started shipping the first Viking
Side-by-Side vehicles from its U.S. manufacturing facility in
Newnan, Georgia, and company executives recently held a special event
there to celebrate the all-new vehicle and increased U.S. production.
Every Yamaha Viking distributed throughout the United States and around the world will come from Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC). To handle the increased production, the factory has opened a second plant that is dedicated to the Viking and future SxS models. (Photo: Business Wire)
Every Yamaha Viking distributed throughout the United States and around
the world will come from Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of
America (YMMC). To handle the increased production, the factory has
opened a second plant that is dedicated to the Viking and future SxS
Worldwide excitement around this all-new model and increased production
was apparent at the recent YMMC ribbon cutting ceremony where a number
of Yamaha executives from the U.S. and Japan offered thanks and
congratulations to Yamaha employees and expressed their high
expectations for Yamaha’s expanding SxS line.
Speaking at the special event were Mr. Neal Hideshima, Director,
Managing Executive Officer and Chief General Manager of the Procurement
Center at Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd., Japan (YMC) (also past President
of YMMC); Mr. Toshi Kato, Senior Executive Officer of YMC and President
of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.; Mr. Harry Ito, President of YMMC;
and Mr. Michael Chrzanowski, Senior Vice President of Operations and
Engineering Services at YMMC. Mr. Seiji Sawai, Senior General Manager of
Recreational Vehicles Business Unit at YMC, was also present for the
“Today, we celebrate the launch of Yamaha’s newest vehicle, the Viking,”
Chrzanowski said while speaking to employees during the ceremony at
YMMC. “I would like to recognize the tremendous effort and teamwork by
so many people to get this new product to market. Each of you has played
a key role in this endeavor. Thank you for your hard work.”
YMMC is the largest employer in Newnan and has added 130 employees to
staff up the dedicated SxS plant, according to Chrzanowski. The advanced
manufacturing facility covers more than 850,000 square feet and includes
the latest technology, equipment and procedures in motorsports
manufacturing. The factory is responsible for assembling all of Yamaha’s
4x4 ATVs and SxS vehicles as well as Yamaha Golf Cars and Water Vehicles.
“The most important factor is not the facility or the equipment but the
hardworking and dedicated workforce at YMMC that designs, develops and
tests our products,” Chrzanowski said. “Countless hours have been spent
at YMMC in preparation for this new plant and new model. In fact, in
operation alone we provided more than 9,100 training hours for the
assembly operators to help maintain the highest quality levels.”
The new Yamaha Viking was introduced this June and is setting a new
standard in the three-person multi-purpose SxS segment. It was designed
and engineered as a robust and high-capacity utility vehicle combining
Yamaha’s most powerful four-wheel drive engine to date with a
comfortable and confidence-inspiring three-person cab, precision
steering and class-leading handling.
The first Viking models are starting to arrive at dealers this month.
Standard models will come in Steel Blue, Hunter Green (with sun top),
Red (with sun top) and Realtree AP HD camo (with sun top). The non-EPS
models start at $11,499 MSRP while the EPS models start at $12,499 MSRP.
Learn more about Yamaha Motorsports products at www.YamahaOutdoors.com.
Follow Yamaha at www.facebook.com/YamahaOutdoors
About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS) a leader in the motorsports
market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and
Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings
also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft,
snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and
much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of
dealers in the United States.
Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976,
Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory
operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha,
About Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC)
Founded in 1986, the Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America
(YMMC) facility has the highest certifications for quality, safety and
environmental manufacturing in producing golf cars, personal watercraft,
Side-by-Side vehicles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The factory is
ISO9001 Quality Management System and ISO14001 Environmental Management
YMMC has participated in both EPA’s National Performance Track Program
and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Sustainable Georgia
Partnership Program. These voluntary programs were developed to
recognize companies that have implemented strong environmental
management systems. In return, participating companies are expected to
continually improve their environmental performance through waste
reduction, resource conservation, community outreach, and implementation
of other sustainable business practices. YMMC’s involvement in these
programs clearly shows its desire and commitment to go beyond regulatory
compliance requirements in protecting and preserving Georgia’s natural
resources. In addition, YMMC has received the Georgia State Natural
SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers age 16
years and older.
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