Polaris acquires Swiss engine manufacturer

February 3, 2010
Polaris Industries today announced its acquisition of Swissauto Powersports, a company based in Burgdorf, Switzerland, with expertise in developing high-performance and high-efficiency engines and vehicles, according to a press release from Polaris. The four-stroke Weber engine that Polaris has used in several snowmobile models since 2006 was developed by Swissauto.
Founded in 1987, Swissauto’s core capabilities are in development, prototyping and manufacturing of internal combustion engines. In addition to producing recreational vehicle engines, Swissauto also has developed engines for World Motorcycle GP. The company’s 500cc, V4, two-stroke engine drove 29 wins, 41 Poles and 3 World Championships during the 1990s, the release said.
“Swissauto has industry-leading powertrain design and development capabilities and a strong understanding of turbo-charging and high-performance engines,” said Scott Wine, Polaris chief executive officer. “This acquisition directly supports our stated objectives to be the best in powersports and a global market leader.”
Polaris acquired the powersports portion of Swissauto and will continue to operate in the company’s Switzerland-based facility. Swissauto’s automotive division was not involved in the transaction and will continue to operate on its own.

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