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Arctic Cat Responds to EPA Concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   COMPANY       Tim Delmore

CONTACT:     Chief Financial Officer

218/681-9868

 

CONTACT:     Shawn Brumbaugh/

                        Marian Briggs

                        Padilla Speer Beardsley, Inc.

612/455-1700

 

 

ARCTIC CAT 4-STROKE SNOWMOBILES CERTIFIED BY

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

 

·        Arctic Cat First Manufacturer to Certify 2003 and 2004 Models Under New Park Rules

·        Arctic Cats Park-Certified Sleds Significantly Outperform National Park Requirements

 

 

            THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., Sept. 5, 2003  Arctic Cat Inc. (Nasdaq: ACAT) today announced that five of its 4-Stroke snowmobiles have received certification for use in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park by the U.S Department of the Interiors National Park Service. Arctic Cat is the first snowmobile manufacturer to receive this annual certification since the Park Service announced new environmental standards in March 2003.

            Arctic Cat pioneered the development of cleaner, quieter four-stroke snowmobile engines, and we are proud to be the first to certify 2003 and 2004 model snowmobiles, said Christopher Twomey, chairman and chief executive officer. This also is terrific news for snowmobilers, who will now be able to enjoy two of the most popular snowmobile destinations on our four-stroke sleds this winter.

            Arctic Cats certified snowmobiles significantly outperform the National Park Services emissions standards (see table) and the year 2012 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

            To mitigate impacts to air quality and the natural soundscape, the National Park Service  requires that recreational snowmobiles entering the parks meet its BAT emissions standards, defined as a snowmobile that achieves a 90 percent reduction in hydrocarbons and a 70 percent reduction in carbon monoxide emissions from the EPAs baseline standards.

            This certification demonstrates our commitment to produce environmentally responsible machines that offer Arctic Cats unparalleled performance, said Twomey.

            The following Arctic Cat snowmobiles meet the National Park Services new Best Available Technology (BAT) requirements for strict air and sound emissions standards: the 2004 T660 Touring; 2003 4-Stroke Trail and Touring; and the 2002 4-Stroke Trail and Touring models.     

            Arctic Cat has been developing four-stroke engine technology since 1996. The company was the first manufacturer to offer commercially available four-stroke snowmobiles in the 2002 model year.

 

 

Arctic Cat Inc.

Snowmobile Emissions Test Data

2004 4-Stroke Trail and Touring Models

 

 

Carbon Monoxide Emissions (grams per kilowatt hour)

                                                Max. Allowed in

                                                Yellowstone/Grand Teton            2004 model       2003 Model

Arctic Cat 4-Stroke                           120                                       92.28                   95.4 

 

Hydrocarbon Emissions (grams per kilowatt hour)

                                    Max. Allowed in

                                    Yellowstone/Grand Teton            2004 model       2003 Model

Arctic Cat 4-Stroke                             15                                         5.62                    7.55                     

                                         

 

Sound level

                                                Max. Allowed in

                                                Yellowstone/Grand Teton            2004 model       2003 Model

Arctic Cat 4-Stroke - L side         73 decibels                                71.6 decibels     70.2 decibels

Arctic Cat 4-Stroke - R side        73 decibels                                71.9 decibels     70.0 decibels

 

 

 

 

About Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) under the Arctic Cat® brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories.  For more information, please visit Arctic Cats Web site at www.arcticcat.com. 

 

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ARCTIC CAT FOUR-STROKE SNOWMOBILES MEET YEAR 2012 EPA STANDARDS

 

 

            THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., Sept. 5, 2003  Arctic Cat Inc. (Nasdaq:  ACAT) today announced that its 2004 Turbo and Trail model 4-Stroke snowmobiles received certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for meeting the strict emission standards required by the year 2012.

            Were proud that Arctic Cat continues to lead the snowmobile industry, said Christopher Twomey, chairman and chief executive officer. Arctic Cat was the first to produce a commercially available four-stroke snowmobile. We are pleased that our four-stroke engine today is significantly cleaner than the EPAs 2012 standards. Achieving EPA compliance so far ahead of schedule demonstrates our technology leadership and commitment to producing environmentally responsible snowmobiles. 

            The EPA adopted new emissions standards in 2002 for snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles to reduce air pollution from hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide. Manufacturers are required to begin meeting these regulations in 2006, with the EPA emissions requirements becoming increasingly more stringent by 2012. 

            Arctic Cat has been developing four-stroke engine technology since 1996. The company was the first and only snowmobile manufacture to offer sleds with four-stroke engines in the 2002 model year. Four-stroke snowmobiles are cleaner and quieter than typical two-stroke machines. 

 

About Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) under the Arctic Cat® brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories.  For more information, please visit Arctic Cats Web site at www.arcticcat.com. 



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