Spartan Introduces New Innovations

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc., introduces new innovations which highlight recent progress and define the Company’s strategic intent.

With over $8 billion in annual revenue, the North American RV industry represents a core market with strong growth opportunity for Spartan Motors, Inc. and a strategic reset for Spartan Chassis, according to a news release.

Innovation

High Output/Performance Front Engine Concept Chassis: Code named the Extol and powered by an 8.8 Liter gas engine that offers 430 HP and 512 lb.-ft. of torque (@3400 RPM). This Spartan-branded engine offers a sizable performance improvement over current Class A gas offerings in the market today. This brand extension is uniquely positioned to target the growth segments in the Class A market.

High Performance/Low Cost Concept Chassis: Code named the Revel, this Class A body-on-frame design utilizes a low cab forward chassis architecture and enables the RV OEMs to realize up to 13 percent of additional living space. Powered by a 6.0 Liter gas engine with an established performance record, and an optional Allison 1000 series transmission, this brand extension can re-establish the value equation at the low end of the Class A market.

Redefining Next Generation Ride and Handing: A new Compression Fluid Strut (CFS) that offers reduced response time and greater damping power than a hydro pneumatic system. Spartan is exploring this as an option on all Spartan Chassis.

“The journey or getting there is just as important as being there,” said Tom Gorman, Chief Operating Officer, Spartan Motors.

“Spartan has been known for over three decades as the industry-leader for ride and handling and we just got even better.”

Customer “First” Care
Spartan has always led the industry with after-the-sale support and will continue to prioritize the treatment of its customers.

Customer support: The Company’s service network continues to expand. Delivery of superior after-the-sale service is provided by over 585 authorized Spartan service providers.

Customer service: the best Roadside Assistance program provided in partnership with Good Sam and their network of over 40,000 mobile service providers.

Go-to Market
The established Spartan Chassis customer base continues to drive the strategic focus of the RV business unit.

Featuring the frame: As the RV Class A Diesel Chassis manufacturer with the most comprehensive warranty coverage available, Spartan will visually enhance this feature by painting every chassis with the bright “Spartan” red.

Every Spartan customer matters: Effective January 7, 2013, Spartan will once again provide his and hers Spartan leather jackets to all new owners that buy a new coach from one of our RV OEM partners.

Details

Spartan Chassis Inc.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, recreational vehicle, defense, and specialty vehicles.

End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc.

Website: spartanchassis.com

Spartan Motors, Inc.

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers, and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies, and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle, emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets.

The company’s brand names—Spartan Chassis, Spartan ERV, and Utilimaster—are known for quality, performance, service, and first-to-market innovation.

The company employs approximately 1,700 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, Florida, and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $426 million in 2011 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering, and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis.

Website: spartanmotors.com

Worth Pondering…

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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