Yamaha releases new utility vehicle

Yamaha Golf-Car Company released a new golf utility vehicle at the PGA Show in late January, just six months after it released its Drive2 golf car.

The UMAX is a technically advanced car that features a larger and quieter gas engine or an AC electric engine, plus smoother suspension, larger cargo bed, bucket seats and added storage spaces.

“We reached out to numerous golf superintendents, course operators and industry professionals to get their suggestions on how to enhance our utility vehicle, and a substantial number of their recommendations have been incorporated into the new UMAX line,” said Tom McDonald, president of Yamaha Golf-Car Company. “In addition to its quietness, UMAX now represents the ultimate in power, performance, versatility and comfort.”

The UMAX utility vehicle has been widely reengineered and incorporates some innovative design features derived from other Yamaha vehicles, including the Drive2 gas golf car, and the Yamaha Viking Side-by-Side off-road vehicle.

The UMAX moves away from the look of a golf car to more of an all-terrain vehicle. The more rugged look complements the actual increase in durability and longevity of the vehicle It also offers a larger cargo bed (33” long x 46” wide) bearing loads up to 1,000 pounds.

The gas-powered UMAX utility vehicle has a 12 percent larger, 402cc engine with some noise suppression features derived from Yamaha’s new Drive2 gas golf car. Other features include bucket seats, expanded storage options and a single, center tailgate latch that can be operated with one hand.

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