Photo Release -- PSI & Spartan Chassis Launch New Concept Chassis at RVIA
WOOD DALE, Ill., Nov. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Power Solutions
International, Inc. ("PSI") (OTCBB:PSIX) and Spartan Motors, Inc.
(Nasdaq:SPAR) announced today the launch of a new Class A Front Engine Gas
(FEG) concept chassis featuring PSI's newly designed 8.8-liter engine. The new
chassis, code named the Extol, is designed to meet increased demand in the RV
market for greater power performance and for gas powered engines. Both
companies will be showcasing these products at the RVIA National RV Trade
Show, which takes place November 27–29 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Class A Front Engine Gas (FEG)
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"PSI is excited about presenting our newly developed on-highway applications
through this collaboration with Spartan Chassis, a leader in the specialty
vehicle category," said Jeremy Lessaris, Director of Marketing at PSI.
Recreational vehicle OEMs have been frustrated with their engine options,
which until now have been underpowered. Because of the considerable weight,
RVs require significant torque for pickup and to avoid chugging or spitting on
hills. As a result, power compromises are problematic.
Powered by a PSI 8.8-liter engine that provides 430 HP and 512 lb.-ft of
torque (@ 3400 RPM), the Extol chassis offers the power performance that
end-users seek in a package developed to capitalize on the growth of smaller
Class A recreational vehicles (22K to 28K GVWR). The newly designed and
engineered engine offers 20% across-the-board improvements in power and 15%
better fuel-efficiency over its predecessor, General Motors 8.1-liter.
The Extol also provides superior handling and superior ride quality, achieved
through Spartan's proprietary suspension and new Compression Fluid Strut.
Spartan Chassis has been known for decades as a leader in the Class A diesel
market. This Extol concept chassis is an excellent brand extension which
should expand our product portfolio and fill what we perceive as a gap in the
RV chassis market," said Tom Gorman, Chief Operating Officer of Spartan
Motors. "This new chassis development illustrates both our long-term
commitment to the RV business and, more importantly, our interest to
continually find new business growth opportunities for our OEM partners in the
PSI's high-performance 8.8-liter "big block" replacement was launched at the
2011 RVIA Expo. The new engine is capable of fulfilling power, efficiency,
emissions and fuel-flexibility needs across a wide range of applications
beyond RVs, including school buses, waste-hauling trucks and light-duty uses.
The heavy-duty, durable block includes the following design features:
*A significantly stronger crankcase and a forged and induction hardened
crankshaft that enable delivery of 1,000 ft-lb of torque.
*An intake manifold that incorporates a tuned, long-runner to increase
*High-flow, fast-burn cylinder heads that ensure a full burn to reduce
Power Solutions International is presenting its 6.0-liter and 8.8-liter
engines in booth number 248 at the RVIA National RV Trade Show in the Kentucky
Expo Center, November 27–29. The Spartan Chassis display is located in booth
Power Solutions International (PSI) is a leading global provider of cleantech
power solutions. The company designs and manufactures engines for the
industrial and on-road sectors and offers fuel-flexible, low-emission engines
ranging from .97 liters to 22 liters of displacement. PSI's power systems are
used worldwide in trucks and buses, power generation, forklifts, aerial lifts,
and industrial sweepers, as well as in equipment used for oil and gas
extraction, aircraft ground support, agriculture, and construction equipment.
For more information visit www.psiengines.com
About 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 (RV), 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. Visit Spartan Chassis at
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.
The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.
CONTACT: For more information about this release, please contact:
Director of Marketing
Power Solutions International
Russell T. Chick
Corporate Director of Marketing
Spartan Motors, Inc.
517.997.3852 or Russell.email@example.com
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