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Workhorse Enters New Category with 16,000-lb. GVWR Chassis

May 2, 2006

UNION CITY, IN — Workhorse Custom Chassis has entered a new market with the introduction of a 16,000-lb. GVWR version of its new W42 chassis. The platform is now available with either a diesel or gas engine for companies using walk-in trucks in the package delivery, laundry, utility, mobile tool sales and newspaper industries.The previous GVWR range of the Workhorse W42 chassis was 9,400- to 14,500-lb. GVWR. The diesel platform is powered by the International VT 275 V-6 engine coupled to an Allison LCT-1000 electronic 5-speed transmission, while the gas version boasts the 6.0L GM Vortec 6000 coupled to GM’s 4L80-E Hydromatic electronic transmission with overdrive. The chassis has wheelbases of 125, 133, 157, 178, and 190 inches and will be initially marketed for use in the above industries, among others.The new International diesel engine delivers 200 horsepower and 440 lbs.-ft. of torque. Its dual-staged turbocharging system provides acceleration, using a small turbo for quick, low-speed responsiveness and a second turbo for power at higher RPMs. The International Electro-Hydraulic Generation Two (G2) fuel injection system delivers higher injection pressures with precise control, which enhances performance, fuel economy, and emissions control. The engine has a 250,000-mile lifecycle design and also simplifies routine maintenance with mechanic-friendly features such as easily accessible cartridge-style fuel and oil filters.The GM Vortec 6.0L gas engine provides 300 horsepower and 355 lb.-ft. of torque and is 50-state emissions compliant. It features the latest in gas engine technology for exceptional performance and durability. Maintenance costs are also reduced by such features as Texaco DexCool anti-freeze coolant (150,000-mile service interval), long life sparkplugs (100,000 miles) and axles lubed for life.Other upgraded features, such as high-performance four-wheel Brembo disc brakes, a new Westport Wide Track I-Beam front axle with a full 50-degree wheel cut, new Meritor WABCO four-channel ABS system, and a new ZF variable ratio power steering box, contribute to exceptional handling and driver control. New parabolic taper leaf suspension springs and custom-tuned shocks also improve stability and comfort on the road. The chassis has full J-1939 diagnostics capability and a new Smart Cluster instrument panel with LCD screen for driver and diagnostic information.
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