Upgraded Chevy-Workhorse Chassis Sales Up

In the midst of a down market, the Chevy-Workhorse cab chassis for Class
C motorhomes continues to increase market share, growing to 28 percent
for 2007, a five-point increase over 2006. That growth continued in
early 2008 as the chassis captured 30-percent market share for January.
Figures are based on vehicle registration data compiled by Statistical
Surveys of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bill Walmsley, Workhorse director of RV marketing, said: “What a
lot of people like about it is that, for a Class C chassis, the cab
comes the closest to what you might actually call ‘roomy,’ ” said
Walmsley. Large foot wells provide space to stretch out on long trips. A
forward-mounted engine doghouse leaves more room to get in and out of
seats from the inside, while wide step pads make it easier to get in
from the outside. Oversized door storage pockets provide extra room for
maps and gear.

The redesigned cockpit for 2008 puts more controls at easy
reach, starting with a new steering wheel with new cruise-control
activation. A new radio adds MP3 capabilities, and new HVAC control
knobs and childproof window switches add more convenience and safety.

The new 2008 gauge cluster also enhances driver visibility,
while adding a Driver Information Center. This dash-mounted screen
provides maintenance reminders for systems, including the A/C, air bag,
battery and anti-theft system. Along with various engine function
warning messages, it provides a fuel status that includes fuel used,
fuel range, and average fuel economy.

Some of the other user-friendly touches Walmsley noted include
the labeled and easy-to-find fluid fills and engine monitoring points. A
step on the front bumper makes it easier to reach the windshield for
cleaning. Battery-rundown protection, lockout prevention and retained
accessory power provide another safety net. Large anti-lock front disc
brakes with twin piston calipers provide sure stopping, while Dynamic
Rear Proportioning adjusts brake pressure toward the front or rear as
needed. To eliminate body roll and road wander, an advanced coil-spring
independent front suspension, heavy-duty axles and a rear stabilizer bar
with greater diameter than the competition were incorporated.

The chassis is powered by the 6.0L GM Vortec gas engine that
also gets a horsepower boost for 2008 from 300 to 323 at 4,600 rpm, and a
torque boost from 360 lb-ft to 373 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm, for more
acceleration and hill-climbing power when needed. The chassis comes with
gross vehicle weight ratings (gvwrs) of 9,600, 12,300 and 14,050
pounds. A Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbodiesel engine also is an option for the
12,300-pound gvwr model.

Chevy offers free emergency roadside service for five years or 100,000 miles.

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