DETROIT, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors North American Truck
Platforms (NATP), Chevrolet Motor Division and Spartan Motors, Inc.
(NASDAQ-NMS: SPAR), of Charlotte, Mich., announce two separate
agreements today establishing an innovative alternative in sharing
resources to build and market rear diesel engine "pusher" motor home
chassis beginning in the 1995 model year.
These agreements provide General Motors (NYSE: GM), currently a
producer of front engine motor home chassis, with immediate access to
the rear engine motor home chassis segment. They provide Spartan Motors
with additional manufacturing capacity to produce the current designs
and the agreements make Chevrolet Motor Division the only full line
marketer of motor home chassis products in North America.
The first agreement provides GM license to build Spartan Motors'
Discovery/1K motor home chassis with rear "pusher" diesel engine at
NATP's Detroit Assembly plant. The chassis will be rebadged as a P72
model. Many of the components of this motor home chassis are already
supplied by GM including an all GM powertrain, 6.5 liter turbo charged
V8 diesel engine with either a Hydramatic 4L8OE or Allison AT542
automatic transmission. This entry-level chassis will be offered in the
16,000-pound through 18,000-pound Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and
marketed under the Chevrolet nameplate. The P72 model will receive the
standard 36-month, 36,000-mile GM warranty and will be serviced by
Chevrolet light-duty truck dealers nationwide.
Under the second agreement Spartan will build a rear diesel engine
"pusher" motor home chassis, badged as a P92 model, also to be marketed
under the Chevrolet nameplate. The Spartan-built rear engine premium-level chassis will be powered by a Caterpillar 3116 L6 diesel engine
(200-275 horsepower) and Allison transmissions offered at 18,000-pound
to 23,000-pound GVWR. The standard chassis warranty will be 12 month,
24,000 miles. Warranty and service for this chassis also will be
available through authorized Chevrolet dealers.
"We are pleased to reach these agreements with Spartan Motors that
allow both companies to address competitive challenges. These
agreements enable GM to address the market needs and move more quickly
in producing rear diesel engine 'pusher' motor home chassis, than had we
waited to design and build our own versions independently," said
Clifford J. Vaughan, GM vice president and group executive for North
American Truck Platforms.
"We're very excited by the potential these agreements represent,"
said Spartan Motors President and Chief Operating Officer John E.
Sztykiel. "These two agreements should enable both companies to expand
market share in the recreational vehicle (RV) business, and we feel that
everyone involved will benefit: Spartan Motors, GM and especially the
RV customer, who will be getting quality chassis at competitive prices."
Detroit Assembly has produced chassis for more than 20 years. The
GM-Spartan agreements are effective for four model years (1995-1998)
with an annual option to extend the agreements for one year if mutually
/CONTACT: Linda Cook, 810-456-7252, or Mary Ann Tyler,
810-456-7254, both of GM North American Truck Platforms; or Tony Sommer
of Spartan Motors, 517-543-6400/
CO: General Motors North American Truck Platforms; Chevrolet Motor
Division; Spartan Motors, Inc.
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