Quadski builder Gibbs to increase dealer count, add models
Gibbs Sports Amphibians has announced plans to increase its U.S. dealer count, add models and start exporting its Quadski.
The company plans to build 1,000 Quadskis out of its Auburn Hills, Mich., plant this year. Its dealer count, which is currently at five, is expected to surpass 100 by the end of 2014. Gibbs’ first Michigan dealer should be announced this summer.
In addition to increasing its U.S. presence, Gibbs is also seeking to export units to Europe, the Middle East and select markets in the Asia Pacific region, communications manager Graham Jenkins told the media at a Tech Crawl 2013 press conference in Orchard Lake, Mich.
Also in the company’s future plans are several new consumer products to be unveiled over the next 18 months. Gibbs is also developing new commercial and military vehicles to add to its current lineup, which includes the Phibian and Humdinga. As more models are added and more markets are explored, Gibbs expects to add to its current staff of 120.
"Our primary focus over the past 12-14 months has been a successful Quadski production launch and the establishment of a strong, premium U.S. dealership base, primarily in the Midwest, New York, Texas and the southeastern United States," Jenkins said. "West Coast sales currently are on hold pending California regulatory approval."
The Quadski is an amphibious vehicle that converts from an ATV to a PWC in less than five seconds. It’s powered by a BMW Motrrad engine and is available in blue, black, red, silver and yellow, starting at about $40,000.