It is always interesting to see and hear about new products coming into our industry, and a recent press trip to Oxford enabled me to view Kubota's official launch of their brand new range of compact and high performance all terrain utility vehicles, with the added bonus of doing an interview with the new MD.
The day began with an introduction from David Roberts on how Kubota was developing and how he sees his role.
He was happy to report on the how the company was aiming to increase its market share in providing new models of ATV (All Terrain Vehicles).
Following his presentation, I was able to ask David some key questions about his role and how he sees the current economic climate affecting the professional groundcare industry.
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Along with several other members of the press, I was allowed to drive their new 4WD Kubota RTV400Ci and RTV500 vehicles over some testing terrain.
Both have been designed to offer powerful, robust and reliable utility vehicles that provide users with exceptional handling and a host of innovative features to maximise control, even in the toughest of conditions.
Adrian Langmead, Kubota's business development manager, commented: "Utility vehicles are used for a wide range of jobs, from caring for livestock to shooting, or just getting around your property, estate or park for instance. The type of vehicle you choose very much depends on what it is being used for and the type of terrain it needs to get across."
"The new RTV400Ci and RTV500 have been specifically launched to strengthen our range of utility vehicles and ensure we have the right machine for every application. Along with these new compact solutions, our customers also have access to our more powerful RTV900 and RTV1140 ranges."
The RTV400Ci incorporates a new, high revving 16HP air-cooled, single cylinder petrol engine, along with Kubota's newly designed CVT Plus (Continuously Variable Transmission) with inertial clutch.