First Factory-Built, Wheelchair-Accessible Car Debuts Nationally in Washington, D.C.


Tomorrow, the Vehicle Production Group will unveil the first factory-built, wheelchair-accessible car to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The press conference will begin at 11:30am and will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington – Independence Ballroom.

This vehicle will make many lives easier, helping not only the disabled, but their friends and family be able to enjoy life to the fullest.

Speakers:

· Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), ADA Legislation Champion

· Dave Schembri, Chief Executive Officer, The Vehicle Production Gr

· Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living

· Marc Buoniconti, President, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

WHEN: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 11:30 AM

WHERE: Grand Hyatt Washington – Independence Ballroom
1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 map

WHY: Even as the country marks the 20th anniversary of the ADA, there is still a large disparity in transportation options for the 14 million Americans reliant on wheelchairs or other mobility devices (returning vets, the elderly and others). The MV-1 enters the scene this year as the only factory-built vehicle that meets or exceeds the ADA vehicle guidelines, featuring:

· A deployable integrated ramp with shallow angle and anti-slip surface for easy passenger access.

· A 36-inch entryway and spacious interior that can accommodate up to six occupants.

· Ability for passengers in wheelchairs or scooters to easily enter and turn, so they can sit next to the driver.

The versatile MV-1 will be built by a new American car company, The Vehicle Production Group, at AM General’s assembly plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, creating or saving up to 1,000 jobs between direct and supplier positions nationwide. Vehicle production begins in the fourth quarter of 2010.

VISUALS:

The news conference will feature:

· First national public reveal of a production-quality MV-1 vehicle for media and consumers to experience the vehicle’s versatility and capability

· Hundreds of NCIL attendees witnessing public reveal, many of whom are wheelchair users who will experience firsthand the features of the MV-1 and interact with the vehicle

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