Spartan Chassis Redefines Firefighter Comfort, Safety and Space Utilization
With Debut of New Cab Interior Configuration at FDIC
INDIANAPOLIS, April 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis ("Spartan" or
the "Company"), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), today
introduced its new cab configuration available on its Gladiator cab/chassis at
the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, April
10-12. The unit, presented at FDIC booth 2408, features an innovative interior
design that has been re-engineered for comfort and space, next generation
seats, along with revolutionary quiet cab technology.
"The re-engineered cab configuration reinforces Spartan's leadership in the
Emergency Response cab/chassis market," said Michael Bowman, Vice President of
Sales, Emergency Response Chassis. "The Company is excited to debut this
offering which provides unmatched occupant comfort combined with the
industry's leading protection system, the Spartan Advanced Protection System."
Firefighters have again asked Spartan to provide additional comfort in both
the driver and the officer positions. Without increasing the 99-inch width of
the Company's Gladiator cab/chassis, more hip room has now been made available
providing improved comfort for all individuals equipped in their turnout gear.
With this improvement in occupant comfort, Spartan has further established
itself as a leader in the industry.
-- Improved weight distribution
-- Greater occupant comfort
-- Improved styling
-- Rigid backed SCBA parade panel available
-- An increase in comfort when utilizing the HVAC system
-- Improved seat cushion bolster and lumbar support
-- Ergonomic enhancements
*Elastomer vibration control (50% vibration reduction)
*Dual density foam – greater comfort and increased cushion durability
-- Improved shoulder harness accessibility
-- E-Z Release SCBA system
-- Seat material which reduces blood born pathogen exposure
-- Approximately 2.5dB^*, or 45%, reduction in sound energy levels within the
cab when traveling at a speed of 45 mph with the windows up
-- A safer environment inside the cab for occupants en route to a call
-- Greater ability to communicate effectively inside the cab without the need
of an intercom
* dB reduction will vary based on the final cab/chassis configuration
-- Volume increase of 5,827 cubic inches (the equivalent of 118 12oz cans)
-- 10% increase in hip room on driver's side of tunnel
-- 11% increase in hip room on officer's side door to side of tunnel
-- 6.6% reduction in tunnel height
-- 3.8% increase in leg room for the two center forward facing crew members
-- 22" base seat cushion and back cushion
The configuration is a product of Spartan's voice of the market (VOM) process.
The Company utilizes a collection of research techniques to drive the VOM
process, which fall into two classifications:
- Observational techniques
- Focus groups
- One-on-one interviews
- Tracking surveys: Brand/communications tracking studies
- Segmentation studies
- End-user surveys
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 and Florida. Spartan reported
sales of $470 million in 2013 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.
CONTACT: Russell T. Chick
Corporate Director of Marketing
Spartan Motors, Inc.
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