Spartan Chassis Debuts Passive Steer Tag Axle for RV Industry
Purpose-Built Passive Steer Tag Axle With a 7% Reduction in Curb-to-Curb
CHARLOTTE, Mich., May 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan Chassis, Inc.
("Spartan" or the "Company"), a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc.
(Nasdaq:SPAR), introduced today its new Passive Steer Tag Axle* for the
Recreational Vehicle (RV) industry. This purpose-built Passive Steer Tag Axle
produces a 7% reduction in curb-to-curb turning radius.
"Spartan's Passive Steer Tag Axle has been designed, engineered and
purpose-built for motorhomes in the recreational vehicle industry," said
Timothy Hamm, Vice President, Sales and Business Development of the Specialty
Vehicles business unit, Spartan Chassis. "We take great pride in the
competencies of the technical staff at Spartan and the ground-up approach they
bring to chassis engineering. This passive tag is not an adaptation of an
Spartan Chassis has designed and packaged its Passive Steer Tag Axle to
minimize intrusion into the OEM's floor plans. Additionally, reduced system
mass achieved through a unique design enables increased cargo carrying
capacity, depending on the configuration of the OEM's floor plan.
When a motorhome equipped with the Spartan Passive Steer Tag Axle is shifted
into reverse, the alignment mechanism automatically straightens the tires to
further reduce tire wear.
The Passive Steer Tag Axle is standard equipment on the 2015 Model Year Newmar
Essex and King Aire Luxury Motor Coaches on a Spartan Chassis platform.
Spartan custom manufactures chassis to the individual specifications of its RV
OEM customers such as Entegra Coach, Newmar Corporation and Tiffin Motorhomes.
*Model restrictions apply
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 (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 1,800 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
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CONTACT: Russell T. Chick
Corporate Director of Marketing
Spartan Motors, Inc.
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