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Wheelchair-Accessible Van Expands Distribution in U.S.

September 26, 2014
Source: Market Watch

More than 100 dealers are now prepared to offer their customers MV-1 wheelchair-accessible vehicles, according to Mobility Ventures.

The MV-1 is the only American-manufactured vehicle completely purpose-built and designed for people who use wheelchairs. Mobility Ventures LLC, a unit of AM General LLC that designs and manufactures paratransit vehicles for public and private transportation, said the MV-1 is available in 107 U.S. dealerships. The MV-1 first became available in April.

“This is a very unique product, and its in a very underserved market,” said John Walsh, Mobility Ventures vice president for sales and marketing.

The [total of] 107 is a leap from the 50 dealerships that we reported in February.

“This milestone is very important because it indicates significant progress in our commitment to provide a broad network of well-established dealers who can be depended upon to provide high quality MV-1 sales, service and support to individuals in wheelchairs, commercial fleets, institutions and municipalities,” Walsh said in a statement.

The company is on target with sales and distribution, Walsh said. The MV-1 is the only purpose-built vehicle that meets or exceeds the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the statement said.

Mobility Ventures has a distributor in Toronto, which has dealerships throughout Canada, and Dubai, which has dealerships across the Middle East and North Africa. The company plans to continue the expansion of its dealer network to include all major domestic and international market areas, the company said.

Vehicle Production Group LLC originally designed and built MV-1, but AM General bought the group last year and established Mobility Ventures.

The story “MV-1 wheelchair-access vehicle now available at 107 dealerships,” first appeared on “Automotive News.”

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