The global off-road vehicles (ORVs) market offers healthy growth opportunities in the entire ecosystem and is projected to reach an estimated value of US$ 11.1 billion in 2023. Recovery of the global economy and increasing disposable income, growing recreational and touring activities, an advancement in the ORV technology, and increasing usage of ORVs in the agriculture and military operations are the major factors proliferating the demand for ORVs globally. The USA is the largest ORVs market due to its large stretches of natural terrain, unpaved roads, and large ranches and farms across the country.
ORVs are four-wheel vehicles that are designed for off-road use and traversing rough terrain, dunes, swamps, and marshland. These vehicles can be multi-passenger as well as single passenger and can be used for various purposes including recreation, sports, fishing, hunting, as well as utility purposes on farms, ranches, and construction sites. The ORVs industry has a brilliant history of more than four decades. In 1970’s, ATVs were firstly developed with three wheels now they are entirely switched to four wheels. In 2004, the global sales of ATVs reached an unprecedented landmark of 814,000 units since then the global ATVs industry never touched that peaked sales point.
In contrast to ATVs, SSVs have a relatively small history of over 20 years. An SSV is more like a car and has a steering wheel and pedals. It is equipped with seat belts and rollover protection bars and allows the driver and passenger to sit side-by-side in the vehicle. Some SSV models also contain additional rows of seats to accommodate up to six passengers. Major SSV manufacturers are putting efforts for the development of advanced SSVs targeting enhanced functionality and differentiated riding experience.
SSV vehicle is a type of off-road vehicle and offers many advantages over ATVs, such as better riding experience, rollover protection bars, and ease of mobility. In the last ten years, the off-road industry noticed a continuous shift from ATVs to SSVs. These factors significantly reduce the number of accidents and injuries as compared to ATVs.
Based on the product type, the global ORVs market is segmented as Utility, Recreation/Utility, Sports, and Youth. The utility is projected to remain the most dominant product type in the global ORVs market during the forecast period. All the major players have an excellent product portfolio for the utility ORVs. The sports segment is likely to witness the highest growth during the same period, driven by increasing tourism and recreational activities across the globe. The USA is the largest buyer of both utility and sports vehicles.