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Polaris
1956-Present
In the winter of 1955, several men at a farm equipment shop in Roseau, Minnesota, took a grain elevator belt and some pieces of an old Chevy and built their first snowmobile. After selling the first model to make payroll, they continued to build what they called Sno-Travelers, which were larger than modern snowmobiles and could carry several people. They envisioned selling the machines to trappers, utility companies, and others who needed access to remote areas during winter.

In 1963, Polaris built their first front-engined snowmobile, designed more for recreation, called the Comet. After a successful test in Alaska (that nearly cost two employees their lives), they started selling the sled--and nearly bankrupt the company when components of the sleds failed and they failed to maintain traction on the snow in the lower 48 states. With some credit extensions, Polaris was able to get back on track with their Mustang and Colt models.

Snowmobiling reached a peak in popularity in the late 1960's and early 1970's, and Polaris led the way. As other manufacturers fell out of the game, Polaris continued to innovate, designing or improving upon such features as liquid cooled engines and independent fron suspension.

In 1980, a group of Polaris managers and investors bought Polaris from Textron, who had bought the company in the late 1960's. In 1985 they produced their first All-Terrain Vehicle, and in 1989 they introduced the Indy 500, which quickly became a legendary model. It was name Snowmobile of the Decade, and is still produced today.

Throughout the 1990's and the new millenium, Polaris continued to broaden it's product line, introducing Victory Motorcycles, Personal Watercraft (since discontinued), and broadening their ATV line. But snowmobiles remain at the heart of the Polaris Industries company.

The Legend of PolarisThe Legend of Polaris tells the story of the first 50 years of Polaris, their struggle to survive, their ascent to the top of the snowmobile market, and their forays into other markets.




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1965: Lil' Andy, Mustang KA80H, Mustang J90H, Mustang H12H

1966: Colt, Mustang 900, Mustang 1000, Mustang 1400

1967: Colt 80, Colt 100, Colt 130, Colt 140, Colt 150, Mustang 1300, Mustang 1400, Mustang 1500, Voyager 2300, Voyager 2400, Voyager 2500

1968: Colt 127500, Colt 129200, Colt 227500, Colt 229700, Colt 237100, Colt 237200, Colt 230000, Mustang 329700, Mustang 337100, Mustang 337200, Mustang 330000, Voyager 437100, Voyager 437200, Voyager 460005, Voyager 459405

1969: Voyager 438000, Voyager 463400, Colt 230000, Colt 230300, Colt 231700, Colt 238000, Colt 239900, Colt 250000, Colt 263400, Colt 229800, Colt 232000, Colt 237200, Colt 260600, Colt 274400, Mustang 330300, Mustang 338000, Mustang 339900, Mustang 350000, Mustang 363400, Mustang 337200, Charger 127500, Charger 129800, Charger 130000, Charger 131700, Charger 137200, Charger 138000, Charger 139900, Charger 150000, Charger 163400

1970: Playmate, Charger, Mustang, Voyager, TX Playmate, TX Charger, TX Colt

1971: Playmate, Charger, Mustang, Voyager, Charger TX

1972: Colt 72C1700, Colt 72C2500, Colt 72C2900, Colt SS, Charger 7212900, Charger 7214000, Charger 7215400, Mustang 7234000, Mustang, Charger SS, ATX

1973: Colt 175, Colt 250, Colt 295, Colt SS 295, Colt SS 340, Charger 295, Charger 400, Charger 530, Mustang 400, Mustang 530

1974: Colt 175, Colt 250, Colt 295, Colt SS 250, Colt SS 336, Custom II 250, Custom II 398, Custom II 530, Electra 340, Electra 432, TC175, TC250, TX250, TX340, TX440, TX500

1975: TC175, TC244, Colt 250, Colt 340, Colt SS 250, Colt SS 340, Electra 250, Electra 340, Electra 440, TX250, TX340, TX440, TX500

1976: Colt 175, Colt 250, Colt 340, Colt SS 250, Colt SS 340, Electra 250, Electra 340, Electra 440, TX250, TX340, TX440, 250 Starfire, 340 Starfire

1977: Colt 244, Colt 250, Colt SS 250, Colt SS 340, Electra 250, Electra 340, Electra 440, TX250, TX340, TX440

1978: Colt 244, Colt 250, S/S 340, Cobra 340, Cobra 440, TX250, TX340, TX440, TX-L340

1979: Gemini, Apollo, Cobra, TX, TX-L, Centurion

1980: Gemini, Apollo, Galaxy, TX, TX-C, TL-L, Centurion, TX-L Indy

1981: Gemini, Galaxy, Cutlass, Cutlass SS, TX-C, TX-L, TX-L Indy, Centurion Indy

1982: Cutlass SS, TX-C, TX-L, TX-L Indy, Centurion Indy

1983: Gemini, Star, Sport, SS, IndyTrail, Cross Country, Indy 600, Long Track

1984: Star, SS, Indy Trail, Indy 600, Long Track

1985: Star, Indy 400, SS, LongTrak, Indy Trail, Indy 600, Indy 600 SE

1986: Star, Sprint 340, Sprint 340 ES, Indy 400, SS, LongTrak, Indy Trail, Indy 600, Indy 600 LE

1987: Star, StarTrak, Sprint 340, Sprint 340 ES, Indy Sport, Indy 400, LongTrak, LongTrk w/Reverse, Indy Trail, Indy Trail ES, Indy 600

1988: Star, StarTrak, Sprint ES, Indy Sport, Indy 400, Indy 400 SKS, Indy 400 Classic, LongTrk w/Reverse, Indy Trail, Indy Trail SP, Indy Trail ES, Indy Trail SKS, Indy Trail Deluxe, Indy 650, Indy 650 SKS

1989: Star, StarTrak, Sprint ES, Indy Sport, Indy Sport GT, Indy 400, Indy Trail SuperTrak, LongTrk w/Reverse, Indy Trail, Indy Trail SP, Indy Trail SKS, Indy Trail ES, Indy Trail Deluxe, Indy 500, Indy 500 SKS, Indy 500 Classic, Indy 650, Indy 650 SKS

1990: Star, StarTrak, Sprint ES, Indy Sport, Indy Sport GT, Indy 400, Indy Trail, Indy Trail Deluxe, Indy Trail SuperTrak, Indy 500, Indy 500 SP, Indy 500 SKS, Indy 500 Classic, Indy WideTrak, Indy 650, Indy 650 SKS

1991: Indy StarLite, Indy Lite, Indy 400, Indy Sport, Indy Sport GT, Indy Trail, Indy Trail Deluxe, Indy 500, Indy Trail SuperTrak, Indy 500 SP, Indy 500 SKS, Indy 500 Classic, Indy WideTrak, Indy 650, Indy 650 RXL, Indy 650 RXL SKS

1992: Indy StarLite, Indy Lite, Indy Lite Deluxe, Indy Lite GT, Indy Sport, Indy Sport GT, Indy 440, Indy 440 XCR, Indy Trail, Indy Trail Deluxe, Indy 500, Indy SuperTrak, Indy Classic, Indy 500 SP, Indy 500 SKS, Indy WideTrak, Indy 650, Indy 650 RXL, Indy 650 RXL SKS

1993: Indy StarLite, Indy StrLt GT 2-Passenger, Indy Lite, Indy Lite Deluxe, Indy Lite GT 2-Passenger, Indy Sport, Indy Trl Dlx 2-Passenger, Indy 440, Indy 440 SKS, Indy XCR, Indy Trail, Indy Classic, Indy 500 EFI, Indy 500 EFI SKS, Indy Clsc Touring 2P, Indy WideTrak 2-Passenger, Indy XLT, Indy XLT SKS, Indy XLT Special, Indy RXL, Indy RXL SKS, Indy Storm, Indy Storm SKS

1994: Indy StarLite, Indy StrLt GT 2-Passenger, Indy Lite, Indy Lite Deluxe, Indy Lite GT 2-Passenger, Indy Sport, Indy Sport SKS, Indy Super Sport, Indy 440, Indy 440 SKS, Indy XCR, Indy Trail, Indy Trail Dlx 2-Pass, Indy WideTrak GT 2-Pass, Indy 500 EFI, Indy Classic, Indy 500 EFI SKS, Indy Clsc Touring 2P, Indy WideTrak LX 2-Pass, Indy XLT, Indy XLT SKS, Indy XLT Special, Indy RXL, Indy RXL Touring 2-Pass, Indy Storm, Indy Storm SKS

1995: Indy StarLite, Indy Lite, Indy Lite Deluxe, Indy Lite GT 2-Passenger, Indy Sport, Indy Super Sport, Indy Spt Touring 2-Pass, Indy 440, Indy 440 SKS, Indy 440 XCR, Indy Trail, Indy 500, Indy Trail Dlx 2-Pass, Indy WideTrak GT 2-Pass, Indy 500 EFI, Indy Classic, Indy 500 EFI SKS, Indy EFI SKS PdlTrack, Indy WideTrak LX 2-Pass, Indy XLT, Indy XLT SKS, Indy XLT SKS PdlTrack, Indy 600 XCR, Indy XLT Special, Indy XLT Touring 2-Pass, Indy RXL, Indy RXL Touring 2-Pass, Indy Storm, Indy Storm SKS, Indy Storm SKS PdlTrk

1996: Indy Lite, Indy Lite Deluxe, Indy Lite GT 2-Passenger, Indy Sport, Indy Super Sport, Indy Spt Touring 2-Pass, Indy Tran Sport, Indy 440, Indy 440 XCR, Indy Trail, Indy 500, Indy Trl Touring 2-Pass, Indy 500 SKS, Indy 500 RMK, Indy WideTrak GT 2-Pass, Indy 500 EFI, Indy 500 EFI SKS, Indy Classic, Indy Clsc Touring 2P, Indy EFI RMK, Indy WideTrak LX 2-Pass, Indy XLT, Indy XLT Special, Indy 600 XCR, Indy XLT SKS, Indy XLT RMK, Indy XLT Touring 2-Pass, Indy 600 XCR SP, Indy RXL, Indy Ultra SP, Indy Ultra SKS, Indy Ultra RMK, Indy Storm, Indy Storm SKS, Indy Storm RMK

1997: Indy Lite, Indy Lite Deluxe, Indy Lite GT 2-Pass, Indy Sport, Indy Spt Touring 2-Pass, Indy 440, Indy Tran Sport 2-Pass, Indy 440 XC, Indy XCF, Indy Trail, Indy Super Sport, Indy Trail RMK, Indy 500, Indy Trl Touring 2-Pass, Indy 500 SKS, Indy 500 RMK, Indy 500 EFI, Indy Classic, Indy WideTrak GT 2-Pass, Indy Clsc Tour 2-Pass, Indy WideTrak LX 2-Pass, Indy XLT, Indy XLT Limited, Indy XLT Special, Indy 600 XC, Indy XLT SKS, Indy XLT RMK, Indy XLT Touring 2-Pass, Indy 600 XCR, Indy 600 XCR SE, Indy RXL, Indy Ultra SP, Indy Ultra, Indy Ultra SPX, Indy Ultra SPX SE, Indy Ult Touring 2-Pass, Indy 700 SKS, Indy 700 RMK, Indy Storm, Indy Storm SE, Indy Storm RMK

1998: Indy Lite, Indy Lite Deluxe, Indy Lite Tour 2-Pass, Indy Sport, Indy Spt Touring 2-Pass, Indy XCF, Indy 440, Indy Tran Sport 2-Pass, Indy 440 XCR, Indy Super Sport, Indy Trail, Indy Trail RMK, Indy 500, Indy Trl Touring 2-Pass, Indy 500 RMK, Indy 500 Classic, Indy Clsc Tour 2-Pass, Indy WideTrak LX 2-Pass, Indy 600 XC, Indy 600 RMK, Indy XLT Limited, Indy XLT Special, Indy XLT Classic, Indy XLT Touring 2-Pass, Indy 600 XCR, Indy Ultra, Indy 700 XCR, Indy Ult Touring 2-Pass, Indy 700 XC, Indy 700 RMK, Indy Storm

1999: Indy 340, Indy 340 Deluxe, Indy 340 Touring 2-Pass, Indy Sport, Indy Spt Touring 2-Pass, Indy Tran Sport 2-Pass, Indy XCF, Indy 440 XCR, Indy Trail, Indy 500, Indy Trail Tour 2-Pass, Indy 500 RMK, Indy 500 Classic, Indy Clsc Tour 2-Pass, Indy WideTrak LX 2-Pass, Indy 500 XC, Indy 500 XC SP, Indy Super Sport, Indy Trail RMK, Indy 600 XC, Indy 600 XC SP, Indy 600 RMK 1.75, Indy 600 RMK 2.00, Indy XLT Special, Indy XLT Classic, Indy XLT Tour 2-Pass, Indy 700 XC, Indy 700 XC SP, Indy 700 SKS, Indy 700 RMK 1.75, Indy 700 RMK 2.00, Indy 700 XCR, Indy 800 XCR

2000: Indy XCR 120, Indy 340 Deluxe, Indy 340 Touring 2-Pass, Indy 500, Indy 500 Classic, Indy Clsc Tour 2-Pass, Indy WideTrak LX 2-Pass, Indy 500 XC, Indy 500 RMK, Indy 500 XC SP, Indy Super Sport, Indy Spt Touring 2-Pass, Indy Trail RMK, Indy Trail Tour 2-Pass, Indy 600 RMK, Indy 600 XC Deluxe, Indy Triumph, Indy 600 XC SP, Indy 600 Touring 2-Pass, Indy 700 XC SP, Indy 700 SKS, Indy 700 RMK 1.75, Indy 700 RMK 2.00, Indy 700 XC Deluxe, Indy 800 RMK 1.75, Indy 800 RMK 2.00, Indy 800 XCR

2001: Indy 120 XC SP, Indy 340 Deluxe, Indy 340 Touring 2-Pass, Indy XCF SP, Indy 500, Indy 500 Classic, Indy Clsc Tour 2-Pass, Indy WideTrak LX 2-Pass, Indy 500 XC, Indy 500 RMK, Indy 500 XC SP, Indy Super Sport, Indy Trail RMK, Indy Spt Touring 2-Pass, Indy Spt Tour ES 2-Pass, Indy 600 RMK, Indy 600 Classic, Indy 600 XC SP, Indy 600 Edge X, Indy 600ClscTour 2-Pass, Indy 600 PROX, Indy 700 XC SP, Indy 700 SKS, Indy 700 RMK 136, Indy 700 RMK 144, Indy 700 Classic, Indy 800 XC SP, Indy 800 RMK 144, Indy 800 RMK 151, Indy 800 LE, Indy 800 RMK SP 144, Indy 800 RMK SP 151, Indy 800 XCR

2002: 120 XC SP, 340 Deluxe, 340 Touring 2-Passenger, 440 Pro X Fan, Indy 500, 500 Classic, 500 Clsc Touring 2-Pass, WideTrak LX 2-Passenger, 500 XC, 500 RMK, 500 XC SP, Super Sport, Trail RMK, Sport Touring 2-Passenger, 550 Classic, Trail Touring 2-Passenger, 600 XC SP, 600 RMK, 600 Clsc Tour 2-Passenger, 600 Classic, 700 XC SP, 700 SKS, 700 RMK 136, 700 RMK 144, Frontier Touring, 700 RMK 151, 700 Classic, 800 XC SP, 800 RMK 144, 800 RMK 151, 800 RMK 156, 800 XCR

2003: 120 XC SP, 340 Edge, 340 Touring, 340 Edge Classic, 440 Pro X Fan, Indy 500, 500 Classic Touring, WideTrak LX, 500 XC, 500 XC SP, 500 Classic, Super Sport, Trail RMK, Sport Touring, 550 Classic, Trail Touring, 600 XC SP, 600 RMK 144, 600 Classic, 600 Classic Touring, 600 PRO X, 700 XC SP, 700 RMK 144, 700 SKS, 700 RMK 151, 700 Classic, 700 Classic Touring, 700 PRO X, Frontier Classic, Frontier Touring, 800 XC SP, 800 RMK 144, 800 SKS, 800 RMK 151, 800 PRO X, 800 XCR, 800 RMK 159, Vertical Escape

2004: 120 PRO X, 340 Classic, 340 Touring, Indy 340, 500 Classic, Widetrak LX, Indy 500, 500 XC SP, 550 PRO X, Trail RMK, 550 Classic, Trail Touring, Sport Touring, Super Sport, 600 PRO X, 600 PRO X2, 600 XC SP, 600 Switchback, 600 RMK, 600 Classic, 600 Touring, 700 PRO X, 700 PRO X2, 700 XC SP, 700 Switchback, 700 RMK, 700 Classic, 700 Touring, Frontier Classic, Frontier Touring, 800 PRO X, 800 PRO X2, 800 XC SP, 800 Switchback, 800 RMK, 800 Classic, 800 Touring

2005: 120 PRO X, 340 Classic, 340 Touring, 500 Classic, Widetrak LX, Indy 500, 500 XC SP, Trail RMK, 550 Classic, Trail Touring Deluxe, Trail Touring, Super Sport, 600 XC SP, 600 RMK, 600 Classic, 600 Switchback, 600 Touring, 700 XC SP, 700 RMK, 800 Switchback, Frontier Touring, 800 XC SP, 800 RMK, 800 Touring, 900 Fusion, 900 RMK

2006: 900 Fusion, 700 Fusion, 600 H.O. Fusion, 500 XC SP, 900 Switchback, FST Switchback, 600 H.O. Switchback, 700 Classic, FS Classic / FST Classic, 600 Classic, 500 Classic, 550 Classic, 340 Classic, 550 Super Sport, Indy 500, 120, 900 RMK 166 / 900 RMK 159 / 900 RMK 151, 700 RMK 159 / 700 RMK 151 / 700 RMK 144, 600 H.O. RMK 144, Trail RMK 136, 700 Touring, FS Touring / FST Touring, 600 Touring, Trail Touring / Trail Touring Deluxe, 340 Touring, Wide Trak LX

2007:

2008: 700 Dragon IQ, 700 IQ, IQ Turbo Drago, 600RR, 600 Dragon IQ, IQ Shift, IQ Turbo LX, 600 IQ LX, 550 LX, Turbo SwitchBack, 700 Dragon SwitchBack, 700 SwitchBack, 600 SwitchBack, 600 Dragon SwitchBack, SuperSport, 340, 120 Dragon, 800 Dragon RMK 163/155, 700 Dragon RMK 163/155, 700 RMK, 600 RMK 155, RMK Shift 155, 600 RMK 144, Trail RMK, IQ Cruiser, FST IQ Touring, FS IQ Touring, 600 IQ Touring, Trail Touring, WideTrak LX, 340 Transport

2009: 800 Dragon SP, 800 IQ, IQ Turbo Dragon, 600 Dragon SP, 600 IQ, 600 IQ Shift, 550 IQ Shift, 800 Dragon Switchback, 800 Switchback, Turbo Switchback, 600 Dragon Switchback, 600 Switchback, 600 IQ Shift 136, 800 Dragon RMK 163, 800 Dragon RMK 155, 800 RMK 155, 800 Assault RMK, 800 RMK Shift 144, 700 RMK 155, 600 RMK Shift 155, 600 RMK Shift 144, Trail RMK, FST Touring, 600 IQ Touring, FS Touring, Trail Touring, WideTrak IQ, WideTrak LX, 550 Transport, 120 Dragon

2010: 800 Dragon IQ, 800 IQ, IQ Turbo Dragon, 600 Rush, 600 IQ, 600 IQ Shift, 550 IQ Shift, 800 Dragon Switchback, 800 Switchback, 600 Dragon SwitchBack, 600 SwitchBack, Turbo LX, 600 LX, 800 Dragon RMK 163, 800 Dragon RMK 155, 800 RMK 155, 800 Assault RMK, 800 RMK 144, 700 RMK 155, 600 RMK 155, 600 RMK 144, Trail RMK, FST IQ Touring, 600 IQ Touring, Trail Touring, 600 WideTrak IQ, Widetrak IQ, Widetrak LX, 120 Dragon


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