Workhorse Custom Chassis string of new motor home platforms keeps coming
Workhorse Custom Chassis is an affiliate of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV), a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce™ brand diesel engines, IC brand school and commercial buses, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. It also is a private-label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. The company also provides truck and diesel engine parts and service. Another affiliate offers financing services. The Workhorse manufacturing facility is located in Union City, Ind.
Customer-focused on chassis innovation
Workhorse Custom Chassis began manufacturing chassis in 1999 after acquiring the assets of General Motors’ motor home, walk-in truck and bus P-Chassis business. Workhorse built a state-of-the-art 209,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Union City in record time and moved GM’s entire P-Chassis assembly line from Detroit. Eight weeks after the acquisition, Workhorse produced its first chassis.
Since then, Workhorse, as chassis specialists dedicated to the needs of RVers, has led the way with a number of innovations that have given motor home buyers many new choices.
<LI> Its recent front-engine diesel W16D, W20D and W22D
chassis represent the latest in a string of industry firsts:
<LI> The W22
— the first Class A (bus style) gasoline chassis to reach widespread use at 22,000 lb. GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating — maximum weight allowed for vehicle and its payload), which increased the capacity and size of gasoline-powered motor homes, making them more competitive with low-end diesel motor homes. The W22’s improvements in power, ride and handling also made Class As more drivable, while providing improved performance in key passing, climbing and merging situations.
<LI> The W24/W25.5
— the first 24,000 and 25,500 lb. GVWR gas chassis — taking the W22’s improvements squarely into the higher-end diesel ballpark, providing the capacity for lower-cost gasoline Class A motor homes to match many high-end diesel amenities.
<LI> The UFO Chassis™
— The first Class A motor home chassis to successfully integrate a gasoline engine (8.1L GM Vortec™) in the rear, normally reserved for diesel powerplants. In addition to further improving motor home drivability, its 26,000 lb. and 22,000 lb. GVWR rear-engine configuration again put more diesel-class benefits into the hands of gasoline motor home buyers.
<LI> Innovations with other chassis products, such as the exceptional drivability of its R Series rear diesel pusher, were also firsts when they were initially introduced. Industry competitors would pick up on these innovations to improve their choices for the RV consumer as well.
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