Novi’s Shyft Group Introduces Utility Truck Body

The Shyft Group in Novi, which was formerly known as Spartan Motors, is showcasing two fleet products at the General Motors Virtual Solutions Summit, one of which is a new offering.
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Utilivan by Utilimaster
The Utilimaster Utilivan will be shown at the General Motors Virtual Solutions Summit. // Photo courtesy of Utilimaster

The Shyft Group in Novi, which was formerly known as Spartan Motors, is showcasing two fleet products at the General Motors Virtual Solutions Summit, one of which is a new offering.

Shyft offers specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets. Its Utilimaster and Royal Truck Body brands are showcasing their offerings, and the continuation of Royal Truck Body’s Severe Duty service body nationwide launch will take place during the summit.

The online expo is available for GM fleet customers. It began Aug. 25 and will run through Dec. 31. Customers can view the summit here.

Royal Truck Body’s new Severe Duty body, built to fit GM’s medium duty truck class, is available on the Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500, and 6500 chassis models. It includes a Fortress five-point lock system, 10-gauge steel and Line-X’d box tops, three-eighths-inch tread plate steel floors, and more. The offering is designed for contractors and business owners who depend heavily on their work truck fleets.

“Since day one, Royal Truck Body has established itself as the go-to service body for contractors and other professionals concerned about performance and perception,” says Steve Guillaume, president of Shyft Specialty Vehicles. “With its durable construction, high luster appearance, expert fit and finish, and ample storage space, these trucks don’t demand trade-offs between hard work and good looks. We look forward to bringing Royal Truck Body’s Severe Duty service body to the market and appreciate General Motors’ providing the platform to accomplish just that.”

The Utilimaster brand will showcase its cutaway Utilivan during the summit. It supports parcel delivery and last-mile delivery vehicle offerings. The Utilivan can be built on a GM or Ford Motor Co. cutaway chassis and is available in 10- and 18-foot lengths. It offers use by multiple parcel delivery customers and customizable, modular interior shelving.

Shyft and its family of brands continues to grow. The company rebranded in June to reflect its next phase of business transformation, echoing its focus on the pursuit of high-growth specialty vehicle markets, following the divestiture of its emergency response business. It has about 2,700 associates in the U.S. and Mexico and reported sales from continuing operations of $757 million in 2019.

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