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Yamaha Motor Corp. releases first American-made vehicles

The Cypress company plans to move all of its manufacturing to Georgia by the end of 2013.

by Mackenna WaterhousePublished: June 08, 2012 02:30 PM

The Yamaha Raptor 700R
Yamaha Motor Corp. of Cypress has unveiled its first American-made sport ATVs this week among its 2013 line of ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles including the Raptor 700, Tactical Black Grizzly 700 4x4 and Rhino 700 4x4.

Last year, the company began moving some of its production to the Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC) factory in Newnan, Georgia. The company expects the production transfer to be completed by the end of 2013 and hopes it will add up to 200 U.S. jobs in the Yamaha factory. The Raptor 700 was the first model manufactured in the new location.

"Yamaha's ATV production transfer represents the company's long term commitment to the U.S. ATV market as well as its significant investment in the YMMC facility," said Steve Nessl, marketing manager at Yamaha Motor Corp. in a press release. "Yamaha's U.S. factory is state-of-the-art with highly trained and passionate U.S. workers who are turning out the most durable and reliable ATV and [Side-by-Side] products. “

The Raptor 700 will be released this year in three different models with a range of pricing – from $7699 to $8799 – and design. According to Yamaha, the Tactical Black Grizzly and Rhino models are brand’s most off-road capable of their classes.


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