Provides Exclusive Shuttle Service At The 2012 Canadian International
TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The MV-1 - the world's first
factory-built vehicle manufactured "from the ground up" for wheelchair
accessibility is now available to all Canadians. The vehicle, approved
by Ministry of Transportation for import, begins shipping this week.
"We are very excited to introduce the MV-1 to the Canadian marketplace,"
says Fred Drasner, Chairman and CEO of the Vehicle Production Group LLC
(VPG), manufacturers of the MV-1 in the United States. "Our partners
at MV-1 Canada have played a pivotal role in helping us shape the MV-1
for the consumer market. We are grateful to Nick and Peter Grande of
MV-1 Canada for the inroads they have made to make the MV-1 available
to all Canadians."
The MV-1 will make its Canadian debut at the Canadian International Auto
Show (CIAS), February 17th to 26th, 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). And, as the
exclusive wheelchair accessible shuttle service sponsor, the MV-1 will
provide complimentary transportation for CIAS visitors with
disabilities between the MTCC's North and South buildings.
"The market for accessible transportation in Canada is large and it is
growing rapidly along with Canada's aging population," says Nick
Grande, CEO of MV-1 Canada. "The MV-1 is the world's first
factory-built wheelchair accessible vehicle built to meet the unique
physical needs of those with mobility and other disability issues and
There are 179,000 Canadians with a disability who are permanently
confined to a wheelchair and an additional 590,000 who have other
mobility issues1 requiring some form of assistive device. Only four percent of Canadians
who require a wheelchair currently own an accessible vehicle. Before
the arrival of the MV-1, this market has been serviced by vehicles
which have been converted on an after-market basis.
"Because the MV-1 requires no conversion, it's an easy choice for people
who need an accessible vehicle, whether for personal use or livery
applications," says Mr. Grande. "We have just received approval from
the City of Toronto for the MV-1 to be used for accessible
transportation by taxi car, limousine and para-transit companies. This
will benefit many Torontonians who cannot take commercial or public
The MV-1 comes with more safety features, has a longer service life, is
available for a significantly lower purchase price, is more
cost-effective and environmentally efficient to operate, and offers a
more comfortable ride than the converted vehicle alternatives.
Designed by VPG, with the best-in-class Ford power train and assembled
by AM General in the U.S., the MV-1 meets or exceeds: Canada Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS), Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
guidelines, U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS),
Americans with Disabilities Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with
Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Canadian D-409 accessible vehicle
standards for commercial vehicles.
The MV-1 has incorporated a number of state-of-the-art technologies to
improve accessibility and functionality including the larger side
entryway and a manual or optional automatic, retractable access ramp
which can withstand up to 1200 pounds. The non-slip ramp disappears
between the floor and the frame to keep it protected from the elements
while the extra wide and high door opening can easily accommodate any
size wheelchair and scooter. MV-1 is also working towards offering the
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) option to the Canadian market delivering a
green solution with an approximate driving range of 460 kms.
The MV-1's interior layout provides comfortable and spacious room up
front for a wheelchair passenger and room for another wheelchair
behind. The roomy interior allows easy manoeuvrability inside the
vehicle and a generous trunk storage space that can hold six full-size
suitcases and two golf bags. Several optional packages are available
including the Accessible Driver option with transfer seat and hand
controls; a Premium Entertainment package and a winter protection
package - all comparable to current automotive manufacturers.
The MV-1 will be initially available through 17 MEDIChair dealers across
Canada with a planned expansion to almost 30 dealers within the next
two years. Backed by a three-year, 60,000 kms, bumper-to-bumper and
five-year, 120,000 kms, ramp warranty, MV1 Canada has carefully
selected a complete network of over 500 automotive service centres
across Canada to handle MV-1 servicing. VPG recently named Ally
Financial as the preferred provider of financing for VPG vehicles in
the US. Canadian consumers will also be able to arrange financing through Ally
For further information on the MV-1, consumers can visit www.mv1canada.com or call 1-888-870-8147.
About MV-1 Canada
MV-1 Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of the MV-1, the
world's first factory built accessible vehicle. The MV-1 is built and
designed by the Vehicle Product Group of Miami, FL (VPG). VPG was
established in 2006 with the goal of designing and building the first
vehicle to meet and exceed the guidelines for the Americans with
Disabilities Act. MV-1 Canada, a recently incorporated operating
subsidiary of the Motion Group of Companies, is dedicated to sales and
service of the MV-1.
MV-1 Canada can be reached at 1-888-870-8147, on the web at www.mv1canada.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mv1can or on twitter at #mv1can.
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