UNION CITY, IN
– This month, Workhorse Custom Chassis is relaunching its FasTrack program that provides integrated walk-in trucks under the Workhorse badge. Since 2000, Workhorse has sold standard models of walk-in trucks with one Workhorse invoice and one Workhorse warranty for both body and chassis. By eliminating separate chassis-and-body orders and warranties, while providing a list of popular options, the FasTrack program creates a walk-in truck that’s easy for dealers to stock, and easy for customers to buy — often right off the lot like a cargo van or box truck. “Quick and easy truck selection and delivery is especially helpful for the small fleet owner unfamiliar with the different specs these trucks can have,” said Jay Sandler, Workhorse vice president – commercial product. “They just want a truck that works for them, and they want it now. This program gives them that.”The new FasTrack truck for 2007 is a completely different truck, now with standard bodies by Utilimaster, and the new W42 chassis from Workhorse. It’s more maneuverable, with a 50-degree wheel cut, and gives the driver better control with high-performance Brembo brakes and a four-wheel Meritor WABCO ABS system. It also offers a better ride with its new front-and-rear parabolic taper leaf suspension springs with custom tuned 35mm shock absorbers.“The turning radius and braking are the most noticeable benefits to the driver,” of the new W42 chassis, said Bob Kruse, senior transportation and facilities manager for online grocer Peapod. “Their handling, minimized maintenance costs, improved fuel economy and driver comfort make them most valuable to us.”The FasTrack models come in five cargo body lengths of 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 feet, with wheelbases of 125, 133, 157, and 178 inches and gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) of 10,000 and 14,500 lbs. Either a 4.8L or 6.0L GM Vortec gas engine powers the trucks.With aluminum bodies that don’t rust, walk-ins are ergonomically friendly and offer stand-up access to the cargo area and easy entrance and exit from the side steps and low rear platform. A roomy stand-up cargo hold also serves as a mobile shop.Manufacturing of the new FasTrack models will begin in July.