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SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, Acton Fleet Sales and Specialty Vehicle Group (SVG) to introduce Cadillac XTS-L W30 7-Inch Extended Sedan to Livery Industry, Announce Exclusive Cooperative Agreement at 2013 LCT Show

TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, Acton Fleet Sales and Specialty Vehicle Group (SVG) today announced the launch of the all new Cadillac XTS-L 7-Inch extended sedan built on Cadillac's XTS W30 Chassis. The new vehicle will be unveiled at a press style event at the 2013 LCT show in Las Vegas on February 5, 2013. The unveiling will take place at the Acton Fleet Sales / SoCal Penske Professional Vehicle display area in the main exhibit hall at 3:45pm PT.

“Industry customers told us that they wanted a product offering class-leading rear passenger space without the complexity of modified doors and body openings,” says Bill Cunningham, General Manager of Acton Fleet Sales. “The XTS-L 7-inch extended offers the best of both worlds in terms of enhanced passenger comfort and a high quality, CMC certified build that retains the OEM door opening and associated hardware.” The XTS-L 7-inch extended W30 model quality built by SVG delivers a product for livery customers that is free from the complexity and potential reliability issues of a more extensive conversion that impacts the OEM rear opening, yet is able to offer a full 47 inches of rear legroom.

Efficient and Stylish

The most dramatic and distinctive purpose built Cadillac XTS to date will deliver the class leading performance, features and exceptional Cadillac quality that the industry expects in the most efficient package available to the industry today. “By accomplishing the extension at the B-Pillar and retaining the original OEM door and hardware, we were able to keep the character and proportion of the car that Cadillac designers created as well as provide what we believe will be the highest quality, most durable and most reliable CMC certified conversion offered to the industry today,” said Tim Lautermilch, SVG President.

High Featured and Cost Efficient

Cadillac has already delivered to the professional vehicle industry the innovative Cadillac XTS, packed with features and technologies that surpass many of its rivals. The SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, Acton Fleet Sales and SVG XTS-L 7-inch extended sedan includes features such as a one piece painted roof, one piece composite extension panel, one piece headliner and extended interior pillar covers and full rear carpet. Because the vehicle retains the integrity and quality of the original OEM door and associated hardware, the need for investment in complex modifications to the OEM structure was unnecessary, allowing industry operators the opportunity to generate more attractive returns on their product investment.

Built to Exacting Standards and delivered with Valuable Owner Protections

The SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, Acton Fleet Sales and SVG XTS-L 7-inch extended sedan is built to the exacting standards of the Cadillac Master Coachbuilder program (CMC) and meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

In addition to the standard 4-year/50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, the vehicle is covered by the exclusive Cadillac Professional Vehicle Protection Plan (PVPP) which includes extensive supplemental coverage for a term of 36 months or 150,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Also included is access to Cadillac Roadside Service and a host of Exclusive Cadillac Service and Ownership Benefits such as the Cadillac Premium Care Maintenance Plan and one-year OnStar Directions and Connections Plan.

Innovative Industry Partnership

SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles and Action Fleet Sales also announced today a cooperative agreement between the two companies and Specialty Vehicle Group (SVG), otherwise known as Federal and Eagle Coach. This relationship allows convenient, one stop sourcing of the SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, Acton Fleet Sales and SVG XTS-L 7-inch extended sedan exclusively through Penske Cadillac of Southbay, located in Torrance California and it's sales partner, Acton Fleet Sales, located in Acton, Massachusetts.

“Since the relationship between SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles and Acton Fleet Sales was concurrently announced at both the NELA and GCLA events last fall, we have been hard at work trying to not only refine our process to create a convenient, one-stop source for the professional vehicle industry, but also to identify product offerings that meet the needs of the industry,” said Phil Hartz, SoCal Co-CEO and Coleman Hoyt, President of Acton Fleet Sales. Through the partnership with one of the industry's most reliable, CMC certified coachbuilders, we found in SVG a team that shared our vision to provide high quality and reliable solutions to the needs identified by the industry that offers an exceptional level of passenger comfort at what will be a very compelling price point. Added Greg Maddock, West Coast Director for SoCal Penske, “SVG – Eagle and Federal is well known in the industry for its long standing ability to deliver a fantastic product at a competitive price.”

The SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, Acton Fleet Sales and SVG XTS-L 7-inch extended sedan is available for immediate order through Penske Cadillac of Southbay and Acton Fleet Sales.

About SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles

SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles, headquartered in Torrance, California is a unit of Penske Buick GMC Cadillac of Southbay which is part of the SoCal Penske Dealer Group. SoCal Penske Professional Vehicles is a franchised dealer for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. Through its partnership with Acton Fleet Sales, Lincoln and Chrysler professional vehicles are also offered. Headquartered in West Covina and Cerritos, California, SoCal Penske operates 14 automotive, medium duty truck, RV and heavy duty transmission franchises, representing 14 different brands and 3 collision repair centers. SoCal Penske sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents.

About Acton Fleet Sales

Acton Fleet Sales, headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts is an affiliated business unit of Acton Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Since 1990, Acton Fleet Sales has established itself as a national provider of professional vehicles and chassis to the livery, limousine and funeral industries. Specializing in Lincoln, Chrysler and Cadillac products, Acton is widely recognized as a trusted, reliable source for professional vehicle fleet procurement solutions and chassis supply management.

About Specialty Vehicle Group, Eagle Coach and Federal Coach

SVG is the leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles in North America, and manufactures under two distinct brand names: Federal Coach and Eagle Coach. Eagle Coach Company is a Customer-driven professional vehicle manufacturer that can trace its origins back to the 1940s and the armored car legend Hess & Eisenhardt. Eagle Coach Company has grown and has earned a reputation for building the highest quality, most tastefully styled professional cars in the industry. Federal Coach has deep roots in the specialty vehicles industry. For more than one hundred years, Federal Coach and its forerunners have been leaders in specialty vehicle manufacturing focusing on Quality, Safety, Service and Value. Federal Coach is a Cadillac Master Coachbuilder (CMC), having successfully completed assessments and site inspections on an ongoing basis made by Cadillac/GM. Additionally; SVG – Eagle Federal - is committed to complying with all FMVSS and NHTSA safety requirements and we're the exclusive builder of the Cadillac XTS professional show validation vehicles.

Penske Cadillac
Phil Hartz, 917-214-9606
phartz@socalpenske.com
or
Greg Maddock, 765-438-1636
gmaddock@socalpenske.com
or
Acton Fleet Sales
Coleman Hoyt, 978-375-4707
coleman@actonfleetsales.com
or
Bill Cunningham, 978-423-7487
bill@actonfleetsales.com
or
Specialty Vehicle Group
Eagle Coach – Federal Coach
Tim Lautermilch, 513-797-4100 ext 20
tlautermilch@svgvehicles.com
or
Specialty Vehicle Group
Randy Garner, 479-459-3641
rgarner@fedcoach.com

 

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