DENVER, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vehicle Production Group (VPG) today will deliver an MV-1 to Craig Hospital for the hospital's exclusive use in transporting wheelchair users. VPG has set up an agreement with Denver's Craig Hospital to offer a complimentary MV-1 to the facility to showcase the car's capabilities and features for total mobility needs.
"Craig is world renowned for spinal cord and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and it felt like a natural extension to work directly with them to showcase the car's capabilities. It is great to be associated with such an outstanding facility," said John Walsh, VPG Chief Executive Officer.
Craig Hospital specializes in the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Craig's use of the vehicle will be managed and supported by MV-1 of Colorado (Medved), Colorado's premier MV-1 dealership. The MV-1 officially debuted in Colorado in March of this year when Medved hosted the MV-1 Grand Opening and Mobility Resource Fair.
The MV-1 is the first vehicle purposely designed and built in support of wheelchair users. Manufactured in Mishawaka, Indiana, at AM General's former Hummer facility, the car is factory-built and offered direct to consumers with no conversion requirements needed to accommodate wheelchair accessibility.
With a base price starting around $40,000, the MV-1 is typically 25% - 55% less expensive than a newly converted accessible van or SUV. The car is delivered straight from the factory already 100% ADA compliant, with the fully automated access ramp built directly into car's floorboard.
With seating options for up to five passengers, of which two can be wheelchairs, the car will be used to transport patients to and from Craig's facilities.
"It is an ideal vehicle for passenger transport," said Mike Fordyce, President of Craig, adding "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with VPG and Medved in testing the capabilities of the car."
About the Vehicle Production Group
Headquartered in South Florida, The Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) has a simple company mission: to help those with mobility issues find solutions by developing vehicles that allow them to travel with comfort and dignity. The American-built MV-1 was designed for just such a purpose – a versatile, unique and thoughtful vehicle that was built from the ground up specifically for the members of the disability community and those who help them. VPG is also proud to feature a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered engine – the first factory-built, U.S.-made vehicle to offer such an option. For more company information, please visit www.vpgautos.com.
SOURCE Vehicle Production Group