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Old 08-08-2019, 03:32 PM   #121 (permalink)
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Did they drop it or did Ski Doo take it away? Reason I say that is Country Cat was and always will be a HUGE AC dealer. I know of several dealerships that sold enormous numbers of AC's and had either Polaris or Ski Doo and sold much smaller volume of those models and both Ski Doo and Polaris yanked them.

One was a close family friend who sold AC and Polaris for decades. He sold hundreds (back in the day) of new AC sleds and probably dozens of Polaris sleds. They accused him of not trying to push the product. Pulled it away and had a new dealer 4 miles away that still didnt sell them...
It was Country Cat's decision.
They sold the Ski Doo dealership to a group of investors that opened it in the same town
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It was Country Cat's decision.
They sold the Ski Doo dealership to a group of investors that opened it in the same town
Selling isn't what I would call dropping.
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Since 2000, Cat snowmobile sales have dropped from 20% of the market down to only 15%. Polaris has stayed in the 33%+/- range, and Doo has steadily moved up and is now in the high 40s (or maybe even higher). I'd imagine that whoever bought the Ski-Doo rights from Cat Country is pretty happy with that decision.

With that being said, I have a serious question: With all this talk of Cat selling hundreds of sleds at dealerships that had a hard time time selling Polarises and Ski Doos at the same time, when was the last time Cat led the market in sales or was at least competitive? I recall Yamaha leading for a while . . . and Polaris leading for a long time in the '90s and early 2000s . . . and Ski-Doo leading ever since then. When was Cat selling "enormous" numbers of sleds compared to the other brands?

Please avoid the "Ferrari vs. Camry" or "filet mignon vs. MacDonalds" stuff. Similar-class sleds from Cat, Doo, and Poo cost about the same, so consumers pick according to what they want. If a Ferrari and a Camry cost the same (like sleds do), they would be a hell of a lot more Ferraris on the road.
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Just wait till those ferrari's need their maintenance.
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ALL dealers have dropped like flies.
I used to have A/C and Ski-Doo within a stones throw and all 4 within 25 minutes of me. Now all 4 are at least 45 minutes away.
not here. only cat dealers are dropping like fly's. the very same ski-doo and Polaris dealers are all still here. one doo dealer been around since 1960. still going strong.[/QUOTE]

Well WAY down here an hour south of you it is a different story......
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Since 2000, Cat snowmobile sales have dropped from 20% of the market down to only 15%. Polaris has stayed in the 33%+/- range, and Doo has steadily moved up and is now in the high 40s (or maybe even higher). I'd imagine that whoever bought the Ski-Doo rights from Cat Country is pretty happy with that decision.

With that being said, I have a serious question: With all this talk of Cat selling hundreds of sleds at dealerships that had a hard time time selling Polarises and Ski Doos at the same time, when was the last time Cat led the market in sales or was at least competitive? I recall Yamaha leading for a while . . . and Polaris leading for a long time in the '90s and early 2000s . . . and Ski-Doo leading ever since then. When was Cat selling "enormous" numbers of sleds compared to the other brands?

Please avoid the "Ferrari vs. Camry" or "filet mignon vs. MacDonalds" stuff. Similar-class sleds from Cat, Doo, and Poo cost about the same, so consumers pick according to what they want. If a Ferrari and a Camry cost the same (like sleds do), they would be a hell of a lot more Ferraris on the road.
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Sleds wer great in the 70s lol
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Since 2000, Cat snowmobile sales have dropped from 20% of the market down to only 15%. Polaris has stayed in the 33%+/- range, and Doo has steadily moved up and is now in the high 40s (or maybe even higher). I'd imagine that whoever bought the Ski-Doo rights from Cat Country is pretty happy with that decision.

With that being said, I have a serious question: With all this talk of Cat selling hundreds of sleds at dealerships that had a hard time time selling Polarises and Ski Doos at the same time, when was the last time Cat led the market in sales or was at least competitive? I recall Yamaha leading for a while . . . and Polaris leading for a long time in the '90s and early 2000s . . . and Ski-Doo leading ever since then. When was Cat selling "enormous" numbers of sleds compared to the other brands?

Please avoid the "Ferrari vs. Camry" or "filet mignon vs. MacDonalds" stuff. Similar-class sleds from Cat, Doo, and Poo cost about the same, so consumers pick according to what they want. If a Ferrari and a Camry cost the same (like sleds do), they would be a hell of a lot more Ferraris on the road.
Pretty hard for a family of 4 to dd a Ferrari!
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Pretty hard for a family of 4 to dd a Ferrari!



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In the late 90's into early 2000's Cat was ahead of Ski Doo in sales. The 2003 into 2004 introduction of the Rev started a monumental shift in sled sales.
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