Caterpillar has announced it is to enter into the utility vehicle market (UTV), following a manufacturing and supply agreement with Textron Specialized Vehicles.

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The company will offer UTV models sold through participating Cat dealerships, staring in 2018.

Steve Schoening, product manager, Caterpillar, said, “We are excited about our introduction of the first-ever Cat UTV models. We look forward to offering a vehicle specifically designed to serve the needs of our existing as well as new customers.

“Cat utility vehicles will offer exceptional performance and stability at full load, superior reliability, and a quiet, spacious operator environment.”

Cat’s new UTV models have been developed in collaboration with Textron Specialized Vehicles, a division of Textron. The company’s new models will handle up to 450kg of material and tools, and offer 900kg towing capacity.

“Cat UTVs offer easy-to-access service points for maintenance, and customers can rely on the unmatched service and support offered by participating Cat dealers to keep their UTVs working at peak performance,” added Schoening.

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