Spartan Motors Showcases Its Industry-First Driver Safety Technology with Crash Mitigation Demonstration at Florida RV SuperShow
Advanced Protection System® Represents Big Step
Toward Autonomous Driving Aids for RVers
TAMPA, Fla., January 19, 2017 – Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR), a global leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, demonstrated its groundbreaking Advanced Protection System® (APS) driver safety technology at the Florida RV SuperShow this week, complete with a simulated crash scenario in which an APS-enabled RV successfully avoids a collision without driver interference.
A video of Spartan’s APS platform in action can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7cGvGcdiR4
“We introduced our APS platform with 2017 model year coaches, but this is the first opportunity we’ve had to show it to the RV community so they could witness the technology firsthand,” said Daryl Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Motors. “It’s an impressive combination of cutting-edge technologies, yet it’s not until you actually see it in action that you can begin to appreciate the new level of collision mitigation and resulting safety we’ve introduced. We’re proud to say Spartan Motors is the first chassis supplier to bring this game-changing technology to the market.”
Spartan’s Advanced Protection System is available on 2017 Class A luxury coaches from leading premium manufacturers Entegra and Newmar. Spartan’s APS platform utilizes the following systems:
- Radar-based Collision Mitigation (Forward Warning and Active Braking)
- Electronic Stability Control
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Spartan Safe Haul™: a proprietary, integrated air braking system for towing
“This technology not only makes RVing safer, but it also opens doors to new consumers who may not have considered a Class A coach up to this point,” said Steve Guillaume, President of Spartan Specialty Vehicles. “It ultimately makes the road ahead that much safer for everyone traveling on it.”
The 2017 Florida RV SuperShow was held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa Jan. 17-22. It is the largest annual RV show in the nation.
About Spartan Motors
Spartan Motors, Inc. is a leading designer, engineer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty vehicles, specialty chassis, vehicle bodies and parts for the fleet and delivery, recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, defense forces and contract assembly (light/medium duty truck) markets. The Company’s brand names— Spartan Motors, Spartan Specialty Vehicles, Spartan Emergency Response, Spartan Parts and Accessories, and Utilimaster®, a Spartan Motors Company— are known for quality, durability, performance, customer service and first-to-market innovation. The Company operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, Saltillo, Mexico; and Lima, Peru. Spartan reported sales of $550 million in 2015. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.
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SPARTAN MOTORS SPECIALTY VEHICLES LEADERSHIP
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SPARTAN MOTORS
Daryl M. Adams, a 25-year automotive executive, was elevated to President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Motors, Inc., in February 2015. Mr. Adams joined the organization in August 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Spartan Motors, Mr. Adams served as the Chief Executive Officer of the privately held Tier One automotive supplier Midway Products Group. During his eight-year tenure with Midway Products Group, the company experienced significant growth and operating improvements. Before joining Midway Products Group, he held a succession of management positions with Lear Corporation, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. His experience included senior leadership roles in Lear’s North American and European operation. Mr. Adams holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management and Manufacturing from Lawrence Institute of Technology.
PRESIDENT, SPARTAN SPECIALTY VEHICLES
Steve Guillaume began his career with Spartan Motors in January, 2015. Mr. Guillaume’s deep domain expertise in the automotive and specialty vehicle manufacturing segments coupled with a broad leadership background translated into an immediate impact for the company in growth and EBITDA enhancement. Prior to joining Spartan, Mr. Guillaume had a rich 24 year history at Navistar, rising through the ranks, commanding senior leadership positions across multiple business functions, including Finance, Accounting, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, and Program Management, before entering General Management. Mr. Guillaume then held numerous Vice President and General Manager roles, across multiple segments including specialty vehicles, commercial trucks, and diesel engines. He earned his Master’s of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School of Management, and has an undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Business Administration/Finance.
Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com