Pisten Bully - 20,000 – a red success story
Lagt til av: Espen Børresen | publisert: 25.10.2014
2014 is a year of celebration for Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG. Not because it marks a notable birthday. But because the 20,000th PistenBully was built in September. It was 1968 when the idea began and 1969 when it was realised.... Who would have thought back then?
Time for a look back at a few figures.
The first 105 PistenBully were made, as was usual then, with petrol engines. The switch was soon made to diesel engines, however, which quickly became the global standard. The first attachments were also developed, e.g. to create cross-country tracks. Over 4,000 PistenBully cross-country vehicles have since been sold. Kässbohrer launched the world's first winch vehicle for slope grooming in 1985. Over 3,000 have followed.
The world marvelled when the first PistenBully was delivered to the Antarctic as a research vehicle at the start of the 1980s. To this day, every nation conducting research there has done so with PistenBully.
The most successful model on the planet also comes from Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG - over 3,000 vehicles from the PistenBully 300 series have been sold worldwide.
PistenBully are used in around 70 countries all over the world .... anywhere in fact where snow falls and people go skiing, you will find the red powerhouse hard at work.
Back to the 20,000th PistenBully. This was built at the start of September. The 20,000th is a PistenBully 600 E+ with diesel-electric drive. The "green" PistenBully 600 E+ left the factory as soon as it was finished and headed off by ship to Crystal Mountain, Washington, in the USA.
If that's not grounds for a celebration! On Friday 26th September, Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG has celebrated its 20,000th PistenBully with a delightful BBQ party.