- The Washington Times - Friday, March 26, 2010

TORRANCE, Calif. | American Honda Motor Co.’s Powersports Division brings out for spring new models for the 2011 model year. These returning Honda ATVs for 2011 include the FourTrax Recon, FourTrax Foreman 4x4, FourTrax Foreman Rubicon and FourTrax Rincon.

“Honda has enjoyed an extremely positive rollout of 2010 models,” said Powersports spokesman Bill Savino. “We’ve asserted our leadership role by introducing 11 brand-new models for 2010, all of which have been received with great enthusiasm. Now we’re moving forward with the introduction of early-release 2011 models, beginning with these four popular ATVs. Relative to this model release, we’d like to recognize all the associates at the Honda South Carolina (HSC) plant who produce these machines.”

“I’m proud of the entire team here at HSC,” said Brian Newman, HSC’s senior vice president. “We’ve all been working hard to improve our overall competitiveness and manufacturing characteristics, and we love the fact that so many machines we build are used all around the country and the world over. That definitely adds a big pride factor to what we do here.”

Additional information will be released regarding other 2011 models in months to come. More detailed information and images of Honda’s model line can be found on www.powersports.honda.com or see your local Honda powersports dealer.

c The midsize Recon remains a crowd favorite

Serving faithfully as longtime best sellers, the manual-shift FourTrax Recon and the FourTrax Recon ES with its convenient Electric Shift Program (ESP) transmission continue to be favorite choices. Credit their rugged features, get-it-done attitude and stylish looks, along with a strong-running 229cc OHV engine, electric starting and more. For those in search of a midsize mount, the FourTrax Recon and Recon ES both shape up to be an ideal riding partner. Available in red and olive.

c Climb aboard the hard-charging FourTrax Foreman 4x4; your choice of four different versions.

The brawny FourTrax Foreman delivers 4x4 performance to tackle almost any job, with two models equipped with a rugged manual-shift transmission along with Honda’s Traxlok and torque-sensitive front differential to smooth the way. Whether it’s on the workweek clock or time for a weekend adventure, the hard-charging 475cc OHV engine provides plenty of grunt, and riders can choose between manual-shift models with manual steering or the addition of Electric Power Steering (EPS) to suit preferences and conditions. In addition, the FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES comes with manual steering or EPS and also incorporates the push-button shifting ease of Honda’s ESP to become one of the handiest rides around. Available in red, olive and natural gear camouflage.

c Advanced technology abounds in the FourTrax Foreman Rubicon and even more so in the FourTrax Foreman Rubicon with EPS and GPScape.

The remarkably popular FourTrax Foreman Rubicon comes in a version with EPS and sophisticated GPScape navigation, adding to its bulging list of technological achievements, which already includes a continuously variable Hondamatic transmission, Traxlok 2WD/4WD system and torque-sensitive front differential.

This is the choice for ATV enthusiasts in search of a high-tech ride. Available in red, olive and natural gear camouflage.

c The ATV that sits at the top of the class: FourTrax Rincon

You could say that the FourTrax Rincon outclasses all competitors. The muscle-bound 675cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine churns out an abundance of power that gets to the ground smoothly and efficiently via Honda’s unique automotive-style automatic ATV transmission, which is quipped with a hydraulic torque converter to drive three forward gears plus reverse. The Rincon chassis is equally high-tech and impressive; there’s a fully independent rear suspension, lightweight tough forged aluminum suspension components to provide comfortable cruising over rugged terrain, and disc brakes front and rear. All in all, the Rincon is the complete package, one that utilizes Honda technology to bring the full joy of riding to off-road adventure. Available in red, olive and natural gear camouflage.

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