August 17, 2016


Kennesaw, Ga. –TUG Technologies Corporation, a Textron Specialized Vehicles business, has launched a new electric tow tractor.  Known as the M7, this CE-certified vehicle advances the TUG™ product line-up of tow tractors to offer an enhanced operator experience. 

TUG ground support equipment is designed and manufactured by Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company.

With a completely rethought cab design, the new TUG M7 allows the operator to step-through the cab by eliminating the center console and offers left-hand/right-hand drive capabilities with a redesigned, centralized console and illuminated rocker switches.  The modern interior provides improved visibility for the operator with a 10-square-foot front windshield and 8.5-square-foot rear window.

“The operator will absolutely notice the difference when he steps into the M7,” said Matt Chaffin, Vice President, Ground Support Equipment for Textron Specialized Vehicles, which manufactures GSE products under the TUG, Douglas™, and Premier™ brands.  “The M7 gives the operator more space within the cab and reduces noise within the cab from 90 decibels to 65 decibels.”

The M7 also boasts a redesigned hydraulic system, automotive-style feedback steering with a tilt steering wheel, a spring-applied, hydraulically released (SAHR) park brake, and optional sliding doors. 

For durability, the chassis was redesigned with a bolt-on 3/8” A36 steel front bumper, providing an extra layer of protection to the operator’s compartment.


 About TUG

Since the release of the first Model MA tow tractor in 1973, TUG has stood as a symbol of quality, efficiency and reliability in ground support equipment to serve airlines and airports worldwide. Today, the TUG ground support equipment line includes more than 30 different models to make tarmac operations more efficient and expedient. TUG products range from baggage, cargo and tow tractors under gas-, diesel or electric power, to belt loaders, ground power units, air-starts and mobile HVAC units. TUG equipment is designed and built in Kennesaw, Ga. by Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.

About Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Bad Boy®, TUG™, Douglas™ and Premier™ brands; Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.

 About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron in known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Bad Boy Off Road and Textron Systems. More information is available at


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