Yamaha Takes Lead in Support of Motorized Outdoor Recreation

KENNESAW, GA—(Marketwired – October 17, 2017) – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative contributed more than $150,000 in funds and equipment to 12 grant recipients in the second quarter of 2017. This quarter reflected the program's broad appeal to the motorized and outdoor recreation community with several projects focused on creating and protecting motorcycle access and riding opportunities across the country.

“From a ground–up motorcycle riding park in Cleveland to restoring trails damaged by California wildfires, the projects submitted this quarter speak to the diversity of recreation opportunities the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative supports,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha's Recreational Vehicle Group vice president. “The common denominator for outdoor recreation of all types is access to land, and the Access Initiative is here to support those who show the initiative to take on the projects that make it possible.”

As the powersports industry's leading land access advocate protecting the interests of those who work and play outdoors, Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative supports off–highway vehicle (OHV) riders, as well as those who rely on land access to camp, hunt, fish or farm. The 2017 second quarter Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grant recipients are as follows:

  • City of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Friends of Cow Mountain: Ukiah, CA
  • Friends of the Dillon Ranger District: Silverthorne, CO
  • Indian Valley Creek ATV Club: Fayette County, PA
  • Marion County 4–H Club: Ocala, FL
  • Nevada County Woods Riders: Nevada, CA
  • North Country ATV: New Stratford, NH
  • Quail Forever: GA Chapter
  • Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation: National
  • Stewards of the Sequoia: Wofford Heights, CA
  • Thunder Mountain Wheelers: Delta, CO
  • Utah Community–Based Conservation Program/Utah State University: Utah

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative continues to accept qualified applications for consideration of support and funding. For more information on the Outdoor Access Initiative, or to submit a grant application, visit www.YamahaOAI.com.

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is the industry leader in guaranteeing responsible access to our nation's land for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish–bearing streams and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from nonprofit or tax–exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable public use. A committee then reviews each application and awards grants to deserving projects. Examples of appropriate projects for grants include, but are not limited to:

  • ATV, Side–by–Side, Motorcycle and Snowmobile riding and outdoor recreation areas
  • Trail development, restoration and maintenance
  • Trail signage and map production
  • Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
  • Land stewardship, access, safety and education

Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at www.YamahaOAI.com. For specific questions about the Outdoor Access Initiative, call Yamaha's dedicated hotline at 1–877–OHV–TRAIL (877–648–8724), email OHVAccess@yamaha–motor.com or write to:

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
1270 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports industry. The company's ever–expanding product offerings include ATVs and Side–By–Side Vehicles, Motorcycles and Scooters, Snowmobiles, Outboard Motors, Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outdoor Power Equipment, Golf Cars, Race Kart Engines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in California since 1960, YMUS also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information about Yamaha, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

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Knoxville Selected as 2019 NASC Sports Symposium Host

CINCINNATI, OH—(Marketwired – October 11, 2017) – The city of Knoxville, TN, will be the host city for the 2019 NASC Sports Event Symposium, connecting leaders in the sports tourism industry with event rights holders, industry partners, and venue managers from around the country and across the world. The Symposium will be held May 6–9, 2019.

The NASC Sports Event Symposium is the annual meeting of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the only non–profit 501(c)3 association for the sports events and tourism industry in the United States since 1992. Hundreds of sport tourism professionals and industry partners gather there each year to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more.

“Sports Tourism is a growing market and to have NASC choose Knoxville is wonderful for our destination,” states Kim Bumpas, President, Visit Knoxville. “Being chosen for this event puts Knoxville on a national playing field with many other cities across the nation.”

“Visit Knoxville Sports Commission is excited to welcome the 2019 NASC Symposium to Knoxville and we look forward to partnering with all of our teammates at PlayTN to show more than 1,000 sports tourism professionals an unforgettable event,” said Chad Culver, Senior Director, Visit Knoxville Sports Commission. “Hosting the Symposium is an incredible honor for Knoxville as well as the entire state of Tennessee.”

“We are excited to bring our Symposium to the heart of Tennessee,” said Al Kidd, NASC President and CEO. “We look forward to bringing the leaders in sports events and tourism to such a vibrant sports city as Knoxville.”

The Symposium features dozens of authentic education sessions, countless networking opportunities, and business development appointments in the NASC Sports Marketplace, all to help our members produce measurable ROI for their organization, elevate their sports events, and improve the quality of life in their destinations.

The 2018 Sports Symposium will be held April 23–26 in Minneapolis, MN.

About the National Association of Sports Commissions
As the only trade association for the sport tourism industry, the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and sports event owners. The NASC is committed to the success of more than 700 member organizations and 2,000 sports event professionals. Our promise is to deliver quality education, ample networking opportunities and exceptional event management and marketing know–how to our members – sports destinations, sports event owners, and suppliers to the industry — and to protect the integrity of the sport event industry. For more information, visit www.sportscommissions.org.

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All-New Yamaha Wolverine X4 Now Available at Dealerships

KENNESAW, GA—(Marketwired – October 10, 2017) – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the all–new four–passenger Wolverine X4™ Side–by–Side (SxS) vehicle is shipping from its U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia. To further aid customers in Realizing their Adventure even before purchase, they can now customize and tailor their Wolverine X4 with Yamaha Genuine Parts and Accessories using the “Build Your Own” (BYO) function found at www.YamahaOutdoors.com.

The Proven Off–Road Wolverine X4 delivers superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails, combined with legendary Real World Tough Yamaha durability and reliability. Powered by an all–new twin cylinder 847–cc engine, the Wolverine X4 sports a compact, nimble chassis featuring the most versatile cab in its class with industry–exclusive stow–away full–size rear seats for expanded cargo capacity on demand.

Yamaha Real World Tech driver–centric features include On–Command® four–wheel drive (4WD), ultra–reliable Ultramatic® continuously variable transmission (CVT) and industry–leading, speed–sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS). Advanced self–leveling rear shocks provide a plush ride, and help maintain optimized ground clearance based on the terrain and cargo.

Understanding the varying needs for every unique adventure, the Wolverine X4 was designed with optimum accessory integration in mind. Yamaha Genuine Parts and Accessories offer a wide range of premium accessories including, mirrors, overfenders, brush guards, windshields, sound systems, tire and wheel kits, and more. The Wolverine X4 is also the only four–seat SxS to feature a true full hard cab accessory option available direct from the manufacturer. Learn more about all of the available accessories though Yamaha's BYO site at www.YamahaOutdoors.com.

Standard Wolverine X4 color options include Graphite (MSRP $15,999), Yamaha Blue with overfenders and cast aluminum wheels (MSRP $16,499), and Realtree Xtra camo with overfenders and cast aluminum wheels (MSRP $16,899). Featuring overfenders, painted bodywork, color–matched interior and shock springs, and cast aluminum wheels, Special Edition (SE) models are available in Matte Silver and Matte Carbon (MSRP $17,249).

The Wolverine X4, along with all Yamaha SxS and full–size ATVs, are proudly Assembled in the USA at Yamaha's state–of–the–art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia for worldwide distribution. Follow Yamaha on any of your favorite social media channels, including: Facebook.com/YamahaMotorUSA, Facebook.com/YamahaOutdoors, Twitter.com/YamahaMotorUSA, Twitter.com/YamahaOutdoors, Instagram.com/YamahaMotorUSA, and Instagram.com/YamahaOutdoors. #YamahaWolverine #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #Yamaha #AssembledInUSA

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS) a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side–by–Side vehicles. The company's ever–expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, California, since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers 16 years and older.

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Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, Donates Generators to Red Cross

CYPRESS, CA—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) – Yamaha Motor Corp. USA's, Outdoor Power Equipment Division has announced that it is donating nearly 400 generators to the Red Cross for its disaster relief efforts.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S., is donating both its popular 2000–watt and 2800–watt invertor generator models to the Red Cross to assist in the immediate disaster relief efforts for the stricken island of Puerto Rico that was hit so hard by hurricane Maria.

“The devastation and the impact to so many lives on the entire island of Puerto Rico is simply overwhelming,” said Kim Ruiz, Yamaha's Senior Vice President. “And as a result, Yamaha is very proud to support the Red Cross's efforts to help those so much in need through this donation of much needed portable power. We would also like to sincerely thank the Environmental Protection Agency for their swift assistance as well in helping to facilitate this donation.”

The 2000–watt and 2800–watt models are easy to transport, can run equipment needed for various clean–up efforts, and can also run household appliances when necessary and will undoubtedly be useful immediately in areas still without power.

About Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS)
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports industry. The company's ever–expanding product offerings include Outdoor Power Equipment, Motorcycles and Scooters, ATVs and Side–By–Side Vehicles, Snowmobiles, Outboard Motors, Personal Watercraft, Boats, Golf Cars, Race Kart Engines, Unmanned Helicopters, Electric Bicycles, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in California since 1960, YMUS also has Sales and Manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Yamaha, visit www.Yamaha.com.

INFINITI Reports Record September Sales

NASHVILLE, TN—(Marketwired – October 03, 2017) –

  2017 2016 % Change
September Sales 12,745 11,413 11.7
Total Sales 113,714 96,775 17.5

INFINITI today reported its best September ever, with sales of 12,745 vehicles, an increase of 12 percent. For the year, INFINITI is up 17.5 percent to 113,714.

The QX50 premium crossover, with deliveries of 1,628 (increasing 34 percent), and QX60 7–passenger premium crossover, which had sales of 3,879 (up 24 percent), also had a record September. Overall, deliveries of INFINITI crossovers and sport–utility vehicles were up 31.5 percent for the month and 22 percent for the year.

Other notable increases for INFINITI in September included the Q60 sports coupe, up 53.5 percent to 763, the Q70 luxury sedan, increasing 37 percent to 550, and the QX30 premium active crossover with 1,053 deliveries, up 323 percent.

  Sep Sep Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD
  2017 2016 % chg 2017 2016 % chg
             
INFINITI Total 12,745 11,413 11.7 113,714 96,775 17.5
Q40 0 0 —– 0 59 –100.0
Q50 3,336 4.359 –23.5 28,076 31,163 –9.9
Q60 763 497 53.5 8,156 1,413 477.2
Q70 550 402 36.8 4,608 4,495 2.5
QX30 1,053 249 322.9 11,981 323 3609.3
QX50 1,628 1,215 34.0 12,143 12,399 –2.1
QX60 3,879 3,126 24.1 29,360 31,067 –5.5
QX70 321 363 –11.6 6,167 4,062 51.8
QX80 1,215 1,202 1.1 13,223 11,794 12.1
Car 4,649 5,258 –11.6 40,840 37,130 10.0
CUV/SUV 8,096 6,155 31.5 72,874 59,645 22.2
             

About INFINITI

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi–Shi (near Yokohama), London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver–assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula 1® team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry–leading technologies can be found at www.infiniti.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

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Yamaha Racing's CJ Greaves Adds to Legacy in TORC Series with YXZ1000R

KENNESAW, GA—(Marketwired – October 02, 2017) – Yamaha Racing's CJ Greaves captured the TORC Series' Pro Stock class championship in his Johnny G Motorsports prepared Monster Energy / Yamaha Racing / Maxxis Tires / Yamalube #933 YXZ1000R with a near–perfect 12 of 13 first–place finishes. The series ended with a YXZ podium sweep for Yamaha, with drivers Zach Martin and Jake Lunderby taking second and third respectively in the final standings. For his TORC Series Pro Stock UTV victory in a YXZ1000R, Yamaha rewarded Greaves with the $15,000 bLU cRU Championship Bonus.

“We're excited to have Greaves racing for Team Yamaha in the Pro Stock UTV class piloting his YXZ1000R,” said Donnie Luce, Yamaha's Amateur MX / ATV / Off–Road Coordinator. “Despite only being 22–years–old, he already has a decorated racing career and has proven he can dominate any class he races, not only finishing the year as the second Pro Stock UTV champion in TORC Series history, but also earning his third–straight Pro 4 truck series championship.”

Winning twelve rounds in a row and finishing a nearly impeccable season, Greaves dominated the Pro Stock UTV class with a 54 point lead over second–place driver Zach Martin, and 122 points ahead of Jake Lunderby in third. Both Martin and Lunderby raced the series in YXZ1000Rs, allowing Yamaha a podium sweep this year.

In the TORC Series' Pro Mod UTV class driving his non–turbo YXZ1000R, Powersports 1 / Johnny G Motorsports / Yamalube #945 Rodney Van Eperen secured an overall second–place finish – only eight points behind the leader, and against a fleet of turbos. Van Eperen's results, along with Greaves' near–flawless run, a Yamaha podium sweep, and the second–straight year for the YXZ1000R winning the Pro Stock UTV Championship since the class was introduced last year, attests the Yamaha YXZ1000R is the dominant, Proven Off–Road Side–by–Side for short course racing.

Follow Yamaha online at www.Facebook.com/YamahaMotorUSA, www.Twitter.com/YamahaMotorUSA and www.Instagram.com/YamahaMotorUSA #Yamaha #YamahaRacing #bLUcRU #YXZ1000R #ProvenOffRoad

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side–by–Side vehicles. The company's ever–expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, California, since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers 16 years and older.

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