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The NewAire, the low-profile 29-foot Class A motorhome that drew a lot of attention as a concept vehicle during the Louisville ´99 trade show, was introduced as a diesel pusher by Newmar Corp. last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The NewAire will go into production in September and it will become available for delivery to dealers beginning in September, said Craig Alexander, vice president/sales.

Alexander declined to identify the supplier of the chassis for the NewAire. It will be built on two different chassis, he added.

Production was delayed due to chassis development issues, he said.

Suggested retail prices for the NewAire have not been set.

The NewAire target market is buyers under age 49 who are not interested in a standard Class A, and older RV enthusiasts who want to scale-back to a smaller, easier-handling unit, Alexander said.

Additionally, at its dealer meeting, Newmar introduced the model year 2001 Mountain Aire gas Class A, which was totally redesigned including: new front and rear caps; all new exterior and interior colors and other styling modifications. It comes on a Ford and the new Workhorse W22 chassis and ranges from 34- to 37-feet long. An optional second slide-out room is available.

The Kountry Star fifth wheels and American Star fifth wheels and travel trailers also were repositioned on the price spectrum. They were moved down into the mid-range, from the high end. Exact suggested retail prices were not immediately available.