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Airstream Rolls out ‘A-Series’ Diesel Pusher

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May 5, 2005 by   Comments Off on Airstream Rolls out ‘A-Series’ Diesel Pusher

With the introduction of the Airstream A37 diesel pusher motorhome, Airstream Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, has begun to phase out its gas- and diesel-powered Land Yacht Class A line, in part to develop a new generation of “A-Series” diesel pushers. “We are not retiring the Land Yacht diesel, but we expect that it will fade away,” said Bob Wheeler, Airstream vice president of product development engineering. “We will build the Land Yacht diesel and A-Series parallel to each other for the foreseeable future.” The A-Series, a prototype of which was shown at the 2004 Louisville Show, will be in full production by the fall and available in 37- and 39-foot triple slideout floorplans. Airstream hired Creative Mobile Interiors Inc., a bus converter in Grove City, Ohio, to design and produce the A-Series’ yacht-inspired interior. The coach contains a number of high-end features, according to Creative Mobile founder Owen Connaughton, including pear wood veneer panels, leather seating and solid surface Corian countertops. The A-Series, starting at $310,000, is built on a 32,000-pound GVWR Freightliner XC chassis with a 400-hp Cummins ISL diesel engine. The gas Land Yacht will be replaced by an as-yet-unnamed brand of laminated fiberglass motorhomes, the prototype of which is expected to be shown at the upcoming Louisville Show. “We plan to have a full family of (gas) offerings in several lengths,” Wheeler said. The Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary also is in the midst of planning the launch of an updated version of the Classic Class A, a gas-fueled line last built for the 1995 model year that has features reminiscent of the iconic bullet-shaped Airstream aluminum travel trailer. “Both gas products are unnamed yet,” Wheeler said.

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