Found this information from http://www.utv-sc.com/
With the known main brands being common knowledge, we actually want to concentrate our subject matter on the second level of UTV products which would be the off-brands that generally all come out of China. The largest percentage of these off-brand UTVs should be avoided. Its probably much easier to layout the Chinese made off-brands that have proven to be of decent quality and reliability, plus have the technical support and spare parts to back them up if the event arises. Since we are writing this list, it is fairly short:
* Linhai UTVs (well supported and very reliable)
* CF Moto UTVs (also well supported and excellent quality units - very reliable)
* HiSun UTVs (at this point, there is very strong evidence that HiSun Builds for Yamaha)
To start off, Linhai of China has been manufacturing engines for Yamaha for about 8 years now. In the late 1990's, they worked with Yamaha to develop new products for Yamaha to build into their product models sold world wide. Yamaha even owns thirty percent of Linhai and keeps their QC and engineering staff on site to assist Linhai in the development of it's new engines and products. Linhai has learned a lot about product development and building quality products from their dealings with Yamaha. They are now the second most common powersports brand in China behind only CF Moto. It is because of their abilities to develop and build quality products that they now build models for the US market.
The Linhai Bighorn CUV-300 (pictured at top) is a 275cc 4WD Side-by-Side Utility Vehicle (UTV) with a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine. The 275cc, 4-stroke engine presents excellent power over a standard 250/300 class vehicle in a light weight, full-sized UTV while the liquid cooling provides excellent wear characteristics and thusly, longevity. The CUV-300 has a 2-speed CVT automatic transmission with Hi / Lo / Neutral / Reverse as well as shaft drive at the front and rear wheels.
The next off-brand UTV would be from HiSun. There's plenty of evidence currently that suggests HiSun actually builds parts, sub-assemblies or a substantial portion of the platform for Yamaha's Rhino. It appears that as Yamaha refines their Rhino design over the years, the same enhancements are incorporated into the HiSun version - other than the EFI system. The HiSun is such a close clone, one has to wonder in the first place. But consider the changes happening at the same time and it becomes more obvious. If HiSun was just cloning the Rhino, why would the make the same identical changes as Yamaha does year after year.
Of course, HiSun actually builds three different sizes of UTV for the world market - a 700cc, a 600cc and a 500cc. We know that the 700cc version is actually the 686cc engine from the 700 Rhino. We also know that the 500cc version is not from the 450 Rhino but rather just a necked down version of the 700cc. Same piston stroke but smaller bore. All of these models come in liquid-cooled form with a 2-speed CVT automatic and reverse. All have locking front differentials with the 4x4 function. These same drive trains are also incorporated in their large ATV models.
In early 2010, HiSun introduced a Razor clone. It's not anything that they could really be building for Polaris other than maybe some components for the drive train and electronics. It's definitely a clone in that it looks very similar at first glance but it isn't exact by any means. Matter of fact, there seems to be strong differences so we're not sure if that's an attempt to avoid patent issues or what. At any rate, the HiSun Razor clone utilizes a similar V-twin 800cc engine design as the the original Razor. Even EFI has been added to try to bring up the performance level as close as possible to the original version. Its also a liquid-cooled 2-speed CVT automatic with reverse. It's supposedly capable of speeds up to 55 mph but we'll reserve our opinions on speed until we actually drive one. Right now, they are actually pretty hard to get ahold of as they are about $3-4,000 less than the real Razor.
A really cool machine would be either the HiSun Razor clone 800cc EFI or the Yama-buggy 400cc in a single seat version. Both of these vehicles are pretty decent for two-up riding and enjoyment, but some riders are just plain interested in going fast - or fastest. And additional weight in a passenger being removed would provide a slight advantage of the two-person versions. Hopefully, someone comes up with the obvious idea soon - we're ready to go really fast again.
CF Moto has also introduced a small UTV based on their 500cc ATV engine. It's pictured at the top in the title box of the webpage - has more of a square Jeep-like front end. CF Moto has made a name for themselves in that they have a great line up of scooters, motorcycles and ATVs and are making great in-roads into the US market by building on an already strong dealer base. If they are not the number one product line coming out of China at present, then they are close behind Linhai which would be number one. Our choice would be Linhai as number one as they seem to have been at this longer - but CF Moto has a larger product line. Both produce completely unique products in their respective names. You won't find CF Moto products under another name at this time.
CF Moto also introduced a new 600cc Sport UTV (Razor clone) in February of 2010. Their Razor clone isn't as polished as the HiSun version but appears to cost more probably in consideration of better support thru CF Moto's dealer network. CF Moto is also promising an 800cc V-twin Razor clone with EFI - so the secondary market is trying to steal some of the thunder from the main brands at this point. It should be noted that there haven't been any patent lawsuits filed as of yet - but only time will tell on that issue.
We've also been made aware of a new electric UTV available from X-treme Scooters. It appears to be of decent quality and reliability - and X-treme has already built a good reputation for providing top level support for their products. Being all electric introduces several limitations (Speed, length of ride, etc) but introduces some excellent power capabilities. We wouldn't be surprised if this torquey little machine wouldn't out pull any other UTV available on the market today. If you plan to do real work, like farm work, and have larger loads to move around, this may be a good option for you.
With it being a 4x4 but still electric, load capacities are great on this UTV. It runs very much like an electric golf cart, only much more luxurious and with better capabilities. The electric motor eliminates all emissions and runs very quiet - if your need is for something of this type. We'd be very interested in one for ourselves if it was just a bunch faster. When are they ever going to gear one of these electric powered vehicles to do 80 mph? It probably would need an automatic transmission to go with it, maybe something like the CVT V-belt transmission found on many gas engines. At any rate, add a winch to go with the stock windshield and roof and this is a very useful UTV tool.