Autocar Announces Expansion of its Xpert Class 7 Cab Over Platform Into Other Severe Vocations
HAGERSTOWN, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autocar, the first name in alternative fuel and custom severe-service trucks, announced in 2011 the formation of a Strategic Partnership between Autocar Industries, LLC and Federal Signal’s Elgin Sweeper Company, North America’s leading street sweeper manufacturer. The two companies formed this ground breaking formal partnership and are pleased to announce have been in full production since Q1 2012 of the Autocar Xpert custom Class 7 Cab Over sweeper chassis, coupled with Elgin’s market leading sweeper bodies. The Autocar Xpert is the only American owned and assembled class 7 cab over in the US market today, and with UD (imports) announcing it’s plans to exit the US market just this week, Autocar is now the only Class 7 cab over in full production in the US. “We believe Autocar and Elgin’s joint customers will greatly benefit from this joint engineering and operations effort between the two companies through increased reliability, fewer cab-chassis-sweeper body field issues, and the elimination of all third party modifications necessary for dual steer configurations (as well as the elimination of related warranty support confusion and challenges),” said Brian Giles, Product Manager, Elgin Sweeper Company.
Autocar is now also pleased to announce, that starting in Q4 2012, will begin production of the Xpert class 7 cab over available for other and more severe vocations, besides the street sweeper markets.
As always, Autocar has leveraged its custom engineering expertise to now offer the class 7 Xpert platform with a variety of heavy duty vehicle options never seen before on imported cab overs, cab seating and driving alternatives, powertrain options, and a variety of overall configurations fit for numerous vocations. “Autocar believes in the value of investing the time, money, and resources into engineering and offering a variety of options and working with customers to co-engineer and co-integrate the bodies with our chassis, like no other OEM.” “We have been working with several customers for months and in serious talks with others as we speak, who know and understand the value and benefits of a cab over trucks for their applications, but were starving to find a custom truck manufacturer like Autocar willing to work together to customize a truck for the more severe and non-traditional class 7 vocations,” offered Eric Schwartz, Sr. Vice President, Autocar Specialty Vehicles Group.
Autocar’s new cab over truck platform, whose nameplate is the Autocar Xpert, is assembled in the Midwest US, in Hagerstown, IN. The Autocar Xpert made its formal debut at the APWA Show in Denver on September 20, 2011, and full production trucks with Elgin sweeper bodies have been delivered and are sweeping the streets coast to coast.
Autocar, LLC, and Autocar Industries, LLC, are headquartered in Hagerstown, Indiana, manufacturer and marketers of Class 8 LCOE trucks, terminal tractors, and Class 7 COE trucks, and are an affiliate of Highland Park, Illinois-based GVW Group, LLC.