Spartan Chassis Presents Suspension Innovations at RVIA

Spartan Chassis Presents Suspension Innovations at RVIA

New System Consolidates Part Count and Improves Ride and Handling of
Recreational Vehicles

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis, a
subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), today presented a
Compressible Fluid Strut (CFS) that offers a collection of performance
benefits and opportunities for part-count reduction. The single unit combines
fluid spring, shock absorber, damping and actuation functions into a
lightweight and compact design. The CFS is currently undergoing Spartan
testing and is manufactured by Horstman Incorporated of Sterling Heights, MI.

"The psychographic profile of today's RV owner is far more diverse than years
past. The outdoor activities they enjoy run the gamut and the amount of
equipment carried on the coach continues to escalate year after year. The
additional weight places greater demands on the RV suspension," said Tom
Gorman, Chief Operating Officer, Spartan Motors. "Concurrently, the customer's
ride quality and vehicle handling expectations are also increasing so we need
to continually explore development of higher performing suspension systems and
early indications are the CFS out-performs current technologies."

Horstman CFS benefits:

  *Reduced response time and greater damping power than a hydropneumatic
  *Fluid compression requires no hydraulic flow to respond to load inputs,
    providing instantaneous response
  *Performs well in severe, high-speed and cross-country applications
  *Improved heat rejection eliminates "damper fade"
  *Strut is compatible with trailing arm, leading arm, McPherson and wishbone
    suspension configurations
  *Significantly longer life than traditional shock absorbers

"All of these benefits ultimately lead to significantly reduced vehicle roll
and pitch, and increased vehicle stability and handling," stated Drew Lippert,
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Horstman Incorporated. "For nearly 100
years, Horstman has been dedicated to using technological advances to
significantly improve the safety and comfort of vehicle operators.To this
end, Horstman has partnered with Spartan to bring this life saving technology
to market."

The CFS is also suited to vehicle upgrades for original designs by replacing
the shock absorbers. CFS can operate as a bolt-on suspension upgrade alongside
a traditional spring, or in a stand-alone configuration.Units can be supplied
with a variety of end fixtures depending on the suspension geometry, as well
as an optional Ride Height Control System to expand vehicle capability.

Spartan has always led the industry with after the sale support:

  *Customer support: superior after the sale service 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

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

About Horstman

Horstman, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty suspension
systems for a wide range of markets.Horstman has been known for its
development of high performance suspension technologies worldwide since
1913.With facilities, in Michigan, Louisiana, Toronto, and the United
Kingdom, Horstman is truly a global supplier of mobility solutions.Visit
Horstman at

This release contains several forward-looking statements that are not
historical facts, including statements concerning our business, strategic
position, financial strength, future plans, objectives, and the performance of
our products. These statements can be identified by words such as "believe,"
"expect," "intend," "potential," "future," "may," "will," "should," and
similar expressions regarding future expectations. These forward-looking
statements involve various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and
assumptionsthat are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, and
likelihood. Therefore, actual performance and results may materially differ
from what may be expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements.
Factors that could contribute to these differences include operational and
other complications that may arise affecting the implementation of our plans
and business objectives; continued pressures caused by economic conditions and
the pace and extent of the economic recovery; challenges that may arise in
connection with the integration of new businesses or assets we acquire or the
disposition of assets; issues unique to government contracting, such as
competitive bidding processes, qualification requirements, and delays or
changes in funding; disruptions within our dealer network; changes in our
relationships with major customers, suppliers, or other business partners,
including Isuzu; changes in the demand or supply of products within our
markets or raw materials needed to manufacture those products; and changes in
laws and regulations affecting our business. Other factors that could affect
outcomes are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings we
make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available at or our website. All forward-looking statements in this release
are qualified by this paragraph. Investors should not place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We undertake no
obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements in this
release, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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