1954 Company renamed Polaris Industries Inc.
The history of Polaris is traced from the very beginning by its founders - Edgar Hettin, his younger brother Allan and his close friend David Johnson. The fruitful trio launched its predecessor Polaris - Hetteen Hoist & Derrick - in 1945 in the small town of Roseau, Minnesota. In the face of metal shortages during the Second World War, their farm machinery repair skills quickly earned the respect of regular customers. But they earned a place in history by working on ways to get to forest hunting houses faster through deep snow. These developments led to the creation of the first prototype snowmobile in 1955. To prove that the new type of transport is not just a toy, Edgar and three friends embarked on a journey of 2000 km through the wild places of Alaska, demonstrating the reliability of the vehicle. The device, loaded with more than four hundred kilograms of provisions, withstood a temperature of −40 Celsius and successfully completed a journey of 12 days.
1956 The first snowmobile is built. The devices became so popular that Polaris began to produce snowmobiles exclusively, and this lasted for many years, until the company expanded the product line that required new skills in the development, production, distribution, marketing, new powertrains and technologies.
1968 Textron Inc buys Polaris. Production continues to Roseau, Minnesota
1976 The first liquid-cooled Polaris engine was installed on the TX-L340, and soon after that the first snowmobile with independent suspension was built.
1980 W. Hall Wendell Jr., declared president of Polaris, led the management group that bought Polaris from Textron in 1981
1984 ATVs and ATVs appear in the lineup. The company becomes the world leader in the production of motor vehicles.
1995 Polaris sales reached $ 1 billion.
1997 Victory Motorcycle Debut. Pilot Al Anser Jr. entered the first motorcycle at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in the Mall of America. Polaris expands off-road line, adding to it a buggy Polaris RANGER
2007 Polaris introduces the Ranger RZR - the first towable and fastest-speeding buggy.
2008 Current CEO Scott W. Vine joins the Polaris team
2011 Annual sales for the first time exceed 2 billion. Polaris acquires the legendary Indian Motorcycle company and restarts the Chieftain in Sturges in 2013. Polaris also acquires GEM, an electric vehicle manufacturer.
2014 September 29, the great opening of the Polish factory Opole, the first production of the company, located outside North America. Annual sales exceeded 3.8 billion dollars.
2015 Polaris buys the Brammo line of electric motorcycles, the popular Brammo Empulse model, produced under the new name Victory Empulse TT
2017 Cessation of Victory Motorcycle Production
2018 Indian Motorcycle Division has achieved higher sales and profits than Harley-Davidson (experiencing a shrinking market), confirming that it is making the right decisions and going in the right direction.