Vehicle Manufacturing in Georgia

Gary S. Vasilash

It is available with 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD with differential lock. There’s optional electric power steering. It has four-wheel independent suspension. It is equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It has a towing capacity of 1,500 lb. There are bucket seats, and seating for three.

It is the Yamaha Viking side-by-side vehicle, a utility vehicle for use on farms or on trails. It will become available in August.

Yamaha Viking

(In case you’re wondering, it has a 686-cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke SOHC, single-cylinder, four-valve fuel-injected engine.)

What’s interesting is that the Viking is built by Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America in an 850,000-square foot facility in Newnan, Georgia. It is exclusively built in that plant. To build the Viking, they added 130 employees.

In addition to the Viking, the factory assembles all of Yamaha’s 4x4 ATVs and side-by-side vehicles, golf cars, and water vehicles.

Just think: Ford closed its Atlanta Assembly Plant in 2006, and GM Doraville in 2008.

Now Kia is building vehicles in West Point, Georgia, and Yamaha is turning them out in Newnan.

Things change.