Yamaha plans to shift ATV production to US

Yamaha Motor (YMC) plans to transfer its all-terrain vehicle (ATV) production from Japan to the US.

According to YMC the move, which is still currently in the planning stages, is scheduled to begin in early 2011 and is intended to optimize manufacturing capacity and improve productivity. The transfer is expected to facilitate the consolidation of both production management and manufacturing technologies and also afford an increased level of responsiveness to market needs by maximizing production in US. The production transfer to the US is expected to be completed by 2013.

Mike Martinez, general manager of ATV and SxS operations at Yamaha Motor, USA, said: "We are pleased to have this additional ATV production transitioning to YMMC in Newnan, Georgia. We expect this transition to have a positive impact on the local economic community and provide worldwide recognition for our state-of-the-art facility and its ability to produce durable and reliable off-road vehicles."

YMMC currently manufactures ATVs ranging in engine displacement from 250cc to 421cc. The production transfer will increase it's production lineup to include a range of Yamaha ATVs up to models with large 700cc engines. This transfer allows YMPC to manufacture generators, multi-purpose engines and golf cars, while YMMC will also continue to manufacture golf cars, personal watercraft and side-by-side vehicles.