Spartan ERV Secures Large Contract for Units Equipped With New Advanced Protection System

Spartan ERV Secures Large Contract for Units Equipped With New Advanced
Protection System

Award is From Toronto Fire Services and Includes 12 Star Series Pumpers

BRANDON, S.D., Oct. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency
Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR),
announced today that the City of Toronto Fire Services (TFS) has awarded
Spartan ERV, and their authorized dealer Dependable Emergency Vehicles, an
order for 12 custom fire apparatus.

The Spartan ERV pumpers will be built on the Metro Star from Spartan Chassis
with a Cummins 400HP ISL engine. All units in the order include the Advanced
Protection System (APS) from Spartan Chassis. This system offers a number of
industry-leading innovations including outboard sensors, side impact airbag
protection, full side curtain airbags, driver's knee airbags and intelligent
seat belts, as well as steering wheel mounted driver airbags and officer knee
airbags. Spartan cab/chassis are designed, engineered and tested to meet
stringent ECE-R29 and other structural safety standards.

"Our APS has clearly established Spartan as the leader in providing
firefighters safe transport to/from the scene," said Dennis Schneider,
President, Spartan Emergency Response. "This award from Toronto Fire Services
is our most significant validation since the August launch and we expect this
momentum will continue. Combining the merits of APS with the other dimensions
of the Spartan ERV value proposition, puts our dealers, such as Dependable
Emergency Vehicles, in an excellent position to meet and exceed the unique
needs of our customers."

The Star Series pump system includes a side-mount panel producing 2,000
gallons per minute, a cold weather package forextreme winter environments and
capacity to carry 600 gallons of water.The stainless steel body was custom
designed to meet the needs of the Toronto Fire Services.

Once delivered, TFS will have 24 Spartan ERV pumpers in its fleet making it
one of the largest users of Spartan ERV apparatus. Dependable Emergency
Vehicles provides a broad range of Spartan ERV products to TFS and will soon
deliver a heavy rescue squad to this important customer.

About Spartan ERV

Spartan ERV™ is a leading manufacturer of custom fire trucks and other rescue
vehicles.A business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), Spartan ERV™
is committed to quality, performance and innovation.Drawing on more than 130
years of excellence in fire truck manufacturing, Spartan ERV™ manufactures a
full line of pumpers, tankers, rescues, aerials, quick-attack/urban interface
vehicles and other emergency-rescue vehicles from its facilities in Florida,
Pennsylvania and South Dakota.For more information, visit www.spartanerv.com.

About Spartan Motors

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™, 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. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com

About Dependable Emergency Vehicles

Dependable Emergency Vehicles located in Brampton, Ontario, Canada is a
Division of Dependable Truck and Tank, Ltd. Dependable Emergency Vehicles
prides itself in quality products and exceptional customer service. Dependable
Emergency Vehicles has been a Spartan ERV dealer since 2007. Dependable Truck
and Tank manufactures custom fire trucks, fuel oil, water and other bulk
liquid tanker trucks and was established in 1975 with the creation of the
Emergency Vehicles Division in 1980. For more information, visit
www.dependable.ca.

CONTACT: Russell T. Chick
         Corporate Director of Marketing
         Spartan Motors, Inc.
         517.997.3852