Workhorse Custom Chassis has marked the production start of its first diesel chassis with an International diesel engine. The W42 Workhorse chassis uses the International VT 275 4.5L diesel V6 engine with 200 hp and 440 lb.-ft. of torque.
Workhorse’s discussions with International involving the use of the VT 275 in Workhorse’s new diesel chassis led to International’s offer this past summer to acquire Workhorse. International’s purchase of Workhorse was completed Aug. 19.
“We’re very excited about this new chassis,” says Jay Sandler, vice president of commercial products for Workhorse. “We’ve been strong in the gas market, but did not have a diesel in 2005. This chassis gives us a great product for the diesel market.” Workhorse says it is the only manufacturer that provides both gas and diesel chassis for walk-in trucks.
“We’re also excited that Workhorse essentially has its own engine now,” Sandler says. “The merging of this engine’s advanced technology with the enhanced features of our new chassis perfectly reflects the expanded capabilities that the new International-Workhorse relationship will provide our customers.”
“Our combined engineering expertise and expanded parts and service resources will have a substantial impact on the benefits we can provide,” says Tim Cooney, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for International Engine Group. “Workhorse makes a great platform that will complement our own products very well. Diesel customers now have a great choice supported by our combined service networks.”
The gas version of the W42 went into production in July. With the fall start of the diesel W42 production, walk-in truck customers now have the best of both worlds available to them, says Sandler. The diesel W42 comes with GVWR options of 10,000, 12,000 and 14,500 lbs., with wheelbases of 125, 133, 157, 178 and 190 inches. Enhancements, according to Workhorse, include: