Quad safety is back in the news in Australia, where the Government has ruled that rollover protection will be mandatory within 24 months.
Set up about a year ago, Hisun Motors NZ has organised its distribution and support and is now recruiting dealers in 15 regions.
Hisun Industries, based in Chongqing, China was formed about 30 years ago. Beyond its home base it has a large presence in the US where much of its R&D and engineering is done.
Interestingly, the company will soon release an all-electric machine with a typical range of 80km.
The company makes about 40,000 petrol-powered units each year, some of them known to Kiwis as Massey Ferguson and Cub Cadet.
Under its own banner, Hisun markets 4WD quads and side x sides from 400 to 1000cc.
Predictably the prices are attractive, particularly so given the high levels of equipment offered as standard.
For example, the Vector 500cc four-wheel drive quad is priced at $12,500, powered by Hisun’s own single cylinder engine with Delphi fuel injection and mated to a Canadian CV Tech transmission with good downhill braking.
Standard equipment includes on-demand 4WD, a front locking diff, 26-inch rubber on alloy wheels and air-assisted shock absorbers, the latter giving a very comfortable ride even on tough terrain.
Towing capacity is 580kg and carrying capacity 250kg.
The machine comes fitted with a 3500lb, front-mounted winch, a mix of LED and halogen lighting, roof, windscreen, toolbox and 2-person seating in a bench-style layout.