Spartan ERV Honors Top Dealer of 2012

Spartan ERV Honors Top Dealer of 2012

MIAMI, Feb. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response
Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), announced
Ferexpo S.A. as its 2012 Dealer of the Year during the annual awards banquet
at the Spartan ERV Sales Training Conference in Miami, Fla. In 2012, Ferexpo
S.A. sold 45 custom and commercial fire apparatus in South America.

"Ferexpo S.A., headquartered in Santiago, Chile, has and will continue to play
a key role in our business growth plans for South America.," said Dennis
Schneider, President, Spartan Emergency Response. "We have seen firsthand the
exceptional growth that can be achieved in key markets when we have someone
like Raimundo Aranguiz who is both driven and capable, and has the ability to
build a team of like-minded individuals. Ferexpo S.A. is differentiated by its
capability to add value to the customer's purchase process and build a new
company including all the requisite infrastructure for the fire industry. We
remain very optimistic in Raimundo's ability to continue on his aggressive
growth curve."

Aranguiz and the rest of the Ferexpo S.A. team have developed a reputation in
Chile as a company that consistently surpasses customer expectations. This
reputation, combined with the expert knowledge that Ferexpo S.A. demonstrates,
has been instrumental to its growth in this important market.

Ferexpo S.A. recently moved to become a full-service dealer by adding service
and parts operations as well as its 15,000 square feet headquarters location.

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.

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