Wednesday, July 29, 2015
BRAUNABILITY PICKS FORD EXPLORER TO CREATE WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE SUV | WITH FURY FORD SANDTON
BraunAbility and Ford Motor Company are introducing a vehicle with the potential to change the face of an industry and bring greater mobility to people in wheelchairs. The BraunAbility MXV™ gives wheelchair users the quality and dependability of a BraunAbility mobility vehicle and the adventurous spirit of the world’s best-selling sport utility vehicle - the Ford Explorer.
Featuring a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the BraunAbility MXV delivers the performance and capability that Explorer drivers have embraced for years. Innovative sliding-door technology and the lighted, in-floor ramp are some of the highlights. In addition, the interior space of the vehicle is maximized to create ample room for wheelchair navigation and comfort. Wheelchair users will be able to drive the vehicle from a wheelchair, or ride as a passenger.
“For our first-ever wheelchair-accessible SUV, it was important we worked with the best,” said Nick Gutwein, BraunAbility president and CEO. “We wanted to create a vehicle that personifies freedom and independence, and the Ford Explorer provides the ultimate base to achieve that.”
Production of the new MXV will begin in August in BraunAbility’s 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The Indiana-based company has revolutionized what independence means to wheelchair users, establishing itself as a world leader in automotive mobility products, including wheelchair-accessible vehicles and lifts for consumer, commercial and taxi markets. The BraunAbility MXV will be available for purchase throughout the United States.
“The MXV is a revolutionary vehicle, and we’re thrilled with Explorer’s role in helping bring it to market,” said Craig Patterson, Ford utility vehicle marketing manager. “For 25 years, the Explorer name has symbolized freedom and adventure, and the BraunAbility MXV adds another chapter to that story.”