FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 31, 2008
Kathleen C. Searle
Vice President – Communications
E-Z-GO Introduces Versatile New ST Express Vehicle Gas and Electric Models Combine Power, Payload of Multi-Passenger and Trail Utility Vehicles
(AUGUSTA, GA)— E-Z-GO, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and the world’s leading manufacturer of golf cars and utility vehicles, today introduced its new ST Express vehicle, combining shuttle-like seating capacity with UTV power and performance.
E-Z-GO developed the ST Express to provide consumers with a durable vehicle capable of transporting four passengers on road or off. Available in both gas and electric models, the ST Express also features numerous options to suit the owner’s specific design and function needs.
“We’re excited about adding the ST Express to our lineup and believe consumers will find it a convenient, practical and very enjoyable vehicle,” says Kevin Holleran, president of E-Z-GO. “The ST Express is a unique hybrid of our multi-passenger and trail utility vehicles, giving customers the best of both worlds. ST Express owners will appreciate its versatility – it is equally at home patrolling the backwoods, roaming the farm or cruising around the neighborhood.”
The ST Express joins E-Z-GO’s range of specialty vehicles that includes the Shuttle (with seating for up to six passengers) and ST trail utility lines as well as the Freedom personal golf car. In November, E-Z-GO introduced its much-anticipated RXV fleet golf car delivering unprecedented power, control, comfort, safety and cost savings.
The ST Express features and benefits include:
o Room for four: Forward-facing, four-passenger seating on the ST Express provides plenty of space for everyone. Transporting family and friends is convenient and easy.
o Smooth ride: The ST Express features 23-inch Terra Trac tires for a comfortable ride over any terrain. Attractive diamond-wheel rims add an element of style.
o Best-in-class hauling capability: With an 800-pound payload and the option of a stake-side bed, roto-molded bed or a versatile flip-flop seat that folds down to increase storage space, the ST Express offers unparalleled hauling capability. From groceries to gardening tools, the Express can carry the load.
o Versatility: Powerful gas or 48-volt electric engines, three-bar steel brush guard and custom two-tone seats in black/red or white/viper blue are among the options that give the ST Express unrivaled versatility.
o Lower operating costs: The ST Express electric comes standard with E-Z-GO’s patented Precision Drive System and PowerWise QE Charger, which charges 15 percent faster and delivers energy savings of up to 30 percent. The gas model is powered by a fuel-efficient 11-HP Subaru engine.
For more information on the complete lineup of E-Z-GO products and services, visit www.EZGO.com
. About E-Z-GO
E-Z-GO, a Textron Company, is a leading manufacturer of golf cars and utility vehicles. E-Z-GO is the preferred golf car fleet provider for seven of the top 10 of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses as ranked by Golf Digest. E-Z-GO is also the golf car of choice of nine of the nation’s 10 largest course-management companies. E-Z-GO boasts the largest sales and service network in the industry, with more factory branch locations and independent distributors than any other manufacturer.
More than a maker of golf cars, E-Z-GO is also a leading provider of industrial, turf and utility vehicles for a variety of applications and industries. Products under the E-Z-GO flagship include the Shuttle Personnel Carrier, ST Trail Utility vehicles, and the Clays Car, the world’s first vehicle designed specifically for the sporting clays shooter. E-Z-GO also produces the Cushman line of heavy duty burden carriers.
Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga., E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com
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