Leoni to supply new off-road vehicles from Polaris

Expansion of Power Sports business unit ahead

Nuremberg (Germany), Tucson (USA) – Leoni, the leading European provider of cables and cable systems to the automotive sector and other industries, obtained two new orders from Polaris Industries Inc., a US-based manufacturer of all-terrain recreational and utility off-road vehicles. These projects will help the cable specialist to enlarge his activities in the newly established Power Sports business unit.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, Polaris nominated Leoni as supplier of wiring systems for two new off-road vehicles. Leoni will design, develop and produce chassis and box harnesses, which connect together to deliver the overall electric and electronic system functionality. Engineering support will be provided, too. The start of production is planned for the third quarter of 2014.

The new models 2014 Ranger 570 EFI and 2014 Ranger Crew 570 EFI are both utility side-by-side vehicles, designed for off-road usage. Compared to regular passenger cars, those vehicles are likely to be used under tough conditions and thus require an even more robust and resistant wiring system. Polaris intends to produce about 12,000 vehicles of each model per year.   

“In order to enhance our business, we are developing new customer groups and entering further markets. The Power Sports segment offers big potential for Leoni, in particular in the Americas,” states Dr Andreas Brand, member of Leoni AG’s Management Board with responsibility for the Wiring Systems Division (WSD). The company’s Power Sports business unit has been established in 2013 and comprises all activities for recreational and utility machines like side-by-side vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and quads as well as snowmobiles, jet-skis and motorbikes.