Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BraunAbility to Make Ford Explorer First Wheelchair-Accessible SUV

BraunAbility to Make Ford Explorer First Wheelchair-Accessible SUV

WESTLAND, Mich.– There couldn’t be a better way to mark the 25th year of the Americans with Disabilities Act than for BraunAbility to make the Ford Explorer the first wheelchair-accessible SUV.

BraunAbility, a world leader in the mobility business, will produce a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the MXV, on the foundation of the Ford Explorer. The MXV will provide convenience to wheelchair users as well as many of the great features included in Ford’s best-selling sport utility vehicle, making it the ultimate wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

Starting Aug. 4, BraunAbility will manufacture the MXV in its 170,000-square-foot facility in Winamac, IN, and by the early fall you’ll be able to purchase the MXV at over 200 U.S. BraunAbility mobility dealers.

BraunAbility unveiled the MXV concept vehicle earlier this year in Daytona, Florida, and promised the first production MXV would be donated to wounded veteran and United States Marine Mike Delancey, who was paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet while serving in Iraq in 2006. Don't you think it’s exciting that Ford gets to play a huge part in improving the mobility of men and women like Delancey?

Plans for BraunAbility to make the Ford Explorer the first wheelchair-accessible SUV means the MXV will come packed with technology from both companies. In regards to wheelchair accessibility, the MXV will include

  • Patented sliding-door technology
  • Removable driver and passenger seats
  • A powered and lighted in-floor ramp
  • Plenty of maneuvering space for wheelchairs 

By using the Ford Explorer as the foundation of the MXV, the wheelchair-accessible SUV will also provide impressive performance features, including like a 3.5-liter V6 engine; an EPA-estimated rating of 17 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined; and a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

You don’t normally see wheelchair-accessible vehicles that look and perform like a quality sport utility vehicle such as the Ford Explorer, but evidently that’s about to change. When it comes down to it, you know BraunAbility chose the Ford Explorer as the base for its MXV because it’s a well-known fact that Ford makes quality vehicles. Come test drive the New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks at our Garden City area Ford dealer and you’ll understand!

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by, or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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