Workhorse launches W42

The first orders for the new W42 commercial platform from Workhorse Custom Chassis came off the production line July 18 to launch model year 2006.

New platforms will be offered in GVWRs of 9,400 10,000, 12,000, and 14,500 pounds, with wheelbases of 125, 133, 157, 178, and 190 inches. Among the new choices drawing interest from walk-in truck customers is the single-rear wheel option for the 9,400-, 10,000-, and 12,000-lb-GVWR models.

The first production models of the W42 will feature GM Vortec 6.0L and 4.8L gas engines. Both are 50-state emissions-compliant with 300 and 270 horsepower, respectively. They feature the latest in gas engine technology.

Workhorse is also offering a new International 275 VT diesel engine on fall production models. The July 18 production start also marks a watershed moment for Workhorse. It cuts the last tie to the original P42 commercial chassis Workhorse purchased from General Motors when the company began in 1999.

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