Mobility Ventures adds luxury model to its lineup of wheelchair-accessible vans

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MV-1 LX

Mobility Ventures, the Indiana-based maker of vehicles designed and built to accommodate people with disabilities, is adding a luxury model to its lineup. Called the MV-1 LX, the vehicle joins Mobility Ventures’ portfolio of purpose-built vans with wheelchair ramps.

The LX model adds more standard equipment, including leather seats, rosewood interior accents and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, a navigation package with a seven-inch touchscreen, a rear backup camera and Sirius Satellite Radio. Other features include a body-colored grille with chrome accents, turn signals mounted in the mirrors and a two-stage power wheelchair ramp.

The LX is on sale now. Mobility Ventures also sells a more basic DX variant to consumers, an SE model designed for fleet use and a taxi.

All versions come with a 4.6-liter V8 engine sourced from Ford rated at 248 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque that runs on regular fuel. The same engine, converted to run on compressed natural gas, is an optional feature and makes 213 hp and 259 lb-ft. The LX variant can achieve a speed of 99 mph, compared 80 mph for the other models.

Mobility Ventures is owned by AM General, which builds the MVs in Mishawaka, IN. AM General is best known for making Humvees for military purposes and for building the Hummer H1 and H2 SUVs for General Motors.

The MV-1 line was previously produced by an entity called the Vehicle Production Group, which contracted production of the vans to AM General. When VPG went out of business due to cash problems, AM General bought the assets and resumed production.

The company now has about 100 dealers across the United States and Canada that sell MV-1s. Mobility Ventures markets its vehicles as an alternative to retrofitted vans, and has designed them to meet or exceed passenger guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Scroll down to read the official press release.

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