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Vanguard's Presence Continues To Grow In The UTV Market

April 15th, 2009:

Club Car's XRT-950 Series to be Powered Exclusively by VanguardT

Long known as a standard on the golf course, Club Car« has worked with Briggs & Stratton to reach a new audience - one that doesn't mind getting a little dirtier. The golf car manufacturer recently introduced a new consumer utility vehicle [UTV] line, the XRT-950, featuring VanguardT engines from Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power.

The XRT-950 fits between other UTV lines in terms of both size and affordability. As such, they are targeted primarily toward larger land and estate owners, equestrian farm owners and hobby farmers rather than power sports users. Club Car is utilizing a network of dealers to promote the vehicle as a complement to other power sport offerings.

The XRT-950 is exclusively powered by the 480cc Vanguard V-Twin but the project was far from a cookie-cutter application. Following a careful review of Club Car's requirements and understanding end user expectations, a Briggs & Stratton team was assembled to carry the sales opportunity from design to production. A collaborative effort between sales, engineering R&D, and the EAC resulted in the standard 480cc engine being outfitted with a special HSE (High Speed Enrichment), carburetor to meet the start-and-stop demands of a modern 4-wheel-drive utility vehicle. Qualification testing was conducted and the sturdy V-Twin was found to not only meet the criteria, but it beat the competition in terms of power, torque, vibration and noise. Moreover, it met the end user expectation of "driving like an automobile".

The collaboration between Club Car and Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power has resulted in a successful product launch, a closer working relationship between the two firms and a platform for further growth opportunities.

With the support of industry leading OEM'S and dealers, Vanguard is quickly gaining ground in the demanding and competitive Utility Vehicle Market.

Written By: Power Pulse
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