Industry News - SeptemberOctober 2015

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A Distinctive New Vehicle Customized for Neighborhood Transportation

Move over, golf cars. There’s a new car on the block: the personal transportation vehicle (PTV), a small four-wheeled vehicle similar to a golf car that’s made for neighborhood transportation.

And Club Car has a distinctive new model rolling off the line: the limited edition Jaunt PTV.

“The Jaunt PTV is tailor-made for seniors, families and individuals in communities where personal transportation is part of the lifestyle,” says Mary A. Sicard, consumer marketing manager. It comes in two- and four-passenger electric models, and can be used both on and off course.

Almost-instant Customization

“Personalizing a vehicle takes days, and using aftermarket parts can affect your warranty,” Sicard says. The limited edition Jaunt PTV avoids those problems. It comes factory-customized with the following features and carries a two-year limited warranty:

An automotive-style body and cowl with dual halogen headlights and molded-in color that doesn’t show scratches. (Black, midnight sky metallic, red or silver metallic)

A color-coordinated canopy

Luxurious marine-grade seats with complementary piping and stitching
A rear flip seat (Four-passenger models only)

“The Jaunt PTV is built on our exclusive rustproof AlumiCore™ frame and engineered to deliver years of inexpensive, reliable transportation,” Sicard says.

Not-So-Standard Equipment
The vehicles are accessorized for neighborhood transportation with:

19-mph Private Use Speed Option
Headlights, tail lights, brake lights and horn
Comfort-grip steering wheels
Wink mirrors
Split windshields
USB ports
PTV kits (decals and reflectors)
Exclusive Club Car grills
Automotive-style alloy wheels

Best-in-class Chargers with Single Point Watering Systems

The quiet, emissions-free Jaunt PTV delivers one of the longest ranges in its class and helps avoid dead batteries and ruined outings. It’s new charging system issues alerts that prevent common user errors. It also charges during power fluctuations and monitors the battery pack after charging to deliver power as needed. A standard single-point watering system simplifies battery maintenance and extends battery life.

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The Yamaha Golf-Car Company will sponsor the 2015 Pro-Am at The McGladrey Classic, an Official PGA TOUR Event, on Wednesday, November 18th. For the first time, the Pro-Am Event will be played on both the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia’s Golden Isles. The courses are the same that the professional golfers will play competitive rounds on during this year’s McGladrey Classic.

The Yamaha Golf-Car Company has been investing in grassroots programs designed to support and grow the game of golf through PGA of America Sectional events, the Tour, as well as a partnership with the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Over 1,400 golf courses have switched to Yamaha Golf Car products over the last five years, signaling a major shift in the industry. Armed with a rich pedigree of quality and engineering, Yamaha’s fleet, utility, and personal transportation cars are enjoying a fast growing following throughout the world both on and off the golf course.

“Like most people, I’ve always been familiar with Yamaha’s high-performance products within the motorcycle, ATV, boat, and marine industries,” said tournament host Davis Love III, 20-time PGA Tour winner and captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. Now, having recently spent a lot of time with their golf division, it’s easy to see that their golf car and utility car products have carried on that same high quality, reliability and high-performance position in the golf industry. Yamaha is an ideal fit for The McGladrey Classic and I’m proud to have their support of our event.”

“We are proud to support the Davis Love Foundation and be a part of the sixth annual McGladrey Classic. This is a great opportunity for us to support children and family charities and build relationships with our customers,” said Tom McDonald, president of the Yamaha Golf-Car Company.

The Pro-Am includes a Tuesday night Pairings Party hosted by Love and his wife, Robin. The event has become an integral part of The McGladrey Classic and one of the premier Pro-Am events on the PGA TOUR.

There are a limited number of Pro-Am spots available. For more information on the 2015 Yamaha Pro-Am at The McGladrey Classic please visit

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The makers of two golf carts are recalling their products according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

E-Z-GO Recall
E-Z-GO is recalling some 8,200 gas-powered golf, shuttle and utility vehicles because the gas tank can leak, posing a fire hazard.

The recall involves E-Z-GO gas-powered TXT Fleet golf cars, E-Z-GO Freedom TXT, TXT2+2 and Valor golf cars, E-Z-GO Express, E-Z-GO Terrain and Cushman Shuttle vehicles with bench seats for the driver and passengers. The E-Z-GO Terrain and the Cushman Shuttle have a cargo bed on the back.

The recalled vehicles were sold at E-Z-GO and Cushman dealers nationwide from January 2015 through May 2015 for between $5,300 and $12,100. They have date codes ranging from G2015 through L0515. Date codes are printed on a plate or label inside the cab below the driver’s seat. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact E-Z-GO or an authorized dealer for a free repair. E-Z-GO and E-Z-GO dealers are contacting known owners.

Consumers can call E-Z-GO toll-free at (844) 725-7212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at or for more information.

Yamaha Recall
Yamaha is recalling about 2,000 golf cars and personal transportation vehicles because the front wheel hubs on the golf cars and PTVs can crack causing the front wheels to detach, posing a crash hazard that could result in injury or death to the user or bystander.

This recall involves five 2015 and one 2016 model-year golf cars and PTVs. Recalled models include 2015 “DRIVE PTV”, DRIVE EFI”, “Adventurer One”, “DRIVE”, “DRIVE Electric” and 2016 “DRIVE A.C.” The Yamaha logo is printed on the front of the vehicle. The vehicles were sold in various colors including blue, green, red, white, tan and silver. The serial number can be found on a label under the driver’s seat on the left or right side.

Yamaha Golf Car dealers nationwide sold the affected models from April 2015 through June 2015 for between $5,900 and $7,500.

Model Names Model Numbers Serial Numbers

DRIVE PTV YDRAX5 PTV JC0-606306-606698
DRIVE EFI YDRAX5F JC2-209964-210300

Adventurer One YTF1AX5F JW6-700581-700600
DRIVE YDRAX5 JW8-513800-514310
DRIVE Electric YDREX6 AC JW9-515401-516300

2016 Model
DRIVE A.C. YDREX6 AC JC3-001701-001900

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled Golf Cars and PTVs and contact their local Yamaha Golf Car dealer to schedule a free repair. Yamaha is also contacting all registered owners directly.

Consumers can contact Yamaha at (800) 962-7926 anytime or online at for more information.


Fullriver Battery USA, manufacturer of high-quality, maintenance-free, deep-cycle AGM batteries, announces a rebranding of the company’s identity. The rebranding campaign, centers around a fresh new logo, and is focused on brand continuity throughout their product series.

“After 10 years, it was time for our logo to be updated. We feel the new look of Fullriver Battery will provide consistent brand recognition as well as promote and energize awareness of our product offerings across the deep-cycle AGM battery industry.” Patrick Leibrich, Owner, Fullriver Battery USA. Consumers and distributors can expect to start seeing the redesigned logo, an improved website experience and updated literature immediately; while the rebranded packaging and batteries will make their way onto store shelves over the next few months.

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