Spartan Chassis Presents 100% Connectivity Solution Providing Firefighters Enhanced Productivity, Safety and Information Access

Spartan Chassis Presents 100% Connectivity Solution Providing Firefighters
Enhanced Productivity, Safety and Information Access

INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary
of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), introduced a new Connectivity and
Mobile Hotspot Concept at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in
Indianapolis, Ind. The Spartan solution is a multi-tiered approach to
effectively manage data and hardware on the scene or remotely.

The Spartan Chassis Connectivity Concept integrates three protocols
(Bluetooth, cellular, and satellite) with the portability and multiple form
factors of today's electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, and laptops), and
merges these technologies with the apparatus and the department. From
monitoring and/or controlling the apparatus remotely, to scheduling and
planning apparatus maintenance, to maintaining communications with other
departments and authorities, the opportunities to benefit the firefighter are
limitless.

While the Spartan Chassis Connectivity Concept offers multiple use-cases, it
is the ability to maintain communications during a major power outage created
by natural or civil disasters that is most critical. Hurricane Sandy is a
case-in-point. Soon after it made landfall, Sandy disabled communications for
many first responders, as over 25% of the cell towers were inoperative. More
recently, cell towers were overloaded and inoperable, following the tragedy at
the Boston Marathon, which also created communication problems for first
responders.

"The benefits enabled by our Connectivity Solution will enhance safety,
productivity and information access. We are very optimistic about the market's
reaction to this technology concept and with stabilization of protocols and
operating systems, Spartan can enter the market with offerings of this
nature," said Dennis Schneider, President, Spartan Emergency Response.
"Without effective communications, everything breaks down; but now Spartan has
solved the issue."

The Connectivity Solution is a good example of Spartan creating products that
redefine technology and innovation which provide significant value to
firefighters and enhance the Spartan brand across multiple dimensions. These
enhancements further align Spartan with its D.R.I.V.E. business strategy.

D.R.I.V.E.

  *Diversified Growth
  *Redefining Technology and Innovation, Develop Exciting Products Value
  *Integration of the Enterprise to Achieve Operational Improvement
  *Vibrant Culture
  *Extend Our Core Markets

Building on this plan, D.R.I.V.E. encourages heightened focus, teamwork and a
common approach. It will align associate efforts and emphasize the importance
of both collaboration and integration across business units. This strategy
will enable diversification and limit exposure to industry cyclicality.

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
www.spartanchassis.com.

About Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis,
specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational
vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery
and service markets. The Company's brand names – Spartan™, Spartan Chassis™,
Spartan ER™, 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 and Florida. Spartan reported sales of $471 million in 2012
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.

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
assumptions that 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
www.sec.gov 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.
         517.997.3852
 
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