12 Facts About Arctic Cat


Arctic Cat is an American brand of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles manufactured in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

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Arctic Cat was formed in 1960 and is part of Textron Inc Arctic Cat designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, as well as related parts, garments—such as snowmobile suits—and accessories.

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Arctic Cat was formed by snowmobile pioneer Edgar Hetteen in 1960 due to his departure from his previous self-started business, Polaris Industries.

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Arctic Cat made their first snowmobile in 1960 and in 1970, started the Boss Cat line.

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The all-terrain vehicle and side-by-side models branded as Arctic Cat were either discontinued or rebranded Textron, whereas the snowmobile models have kept the Arctic Cat brand.

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Arctic Cat is known for their M series snowmobile models which were 3rd in Market share behind Ski-doo and Polaris in 2003.

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Arctic Cat discovered that this design was suitable for mountain riding, however the trail model developed an overheating issue as the heat exchanges were found to be insufficient when ridden on ice and in marginal snow conditions.

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Arctic Cat started producing utility all-terrain vehicles in 1996, and expanded to produce side by side UTV's in 2005.

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In 2017, Arctic Cat produced its final model year for ATVs after joining Textron with the Alterra continuing under the Textron Off Road brand name.

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Arctic Cat offered its first side by side UTV, the Prowler, starting in 2005.

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In 2015, Arctic Cat launched the Side-By-Side Racing Series as a support series to the Stadium Super Trucks; the series fielded ten Wildcat side-by-sides for its debut at the Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, California.

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In 2017, Arctic Cat produced its final model year for UTVs after joining Textron with variations of the Wildcat and Prowler being offered under the Textron Off Road brand name.

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