New MV-1 Manufacturer Joins NMEDA
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Nov 01, 2013
The new owner of the wheelchair-accessible MV-1 is now officially a member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA).
AM General - manufacturer of the military Humvee - purchased the rights to produce the MV-1 after its former owner, Vehicle Production Group, halted production in the spring and laid off nearly all its staff.
Since then, AM General has created a wholly owned subsidiary named Mobility Ventures to take over MV-1 production.
The MV-1 has been touted in consumer and industry press as the only American automotive vehicle created to be wheelchair accessible from the very start.
"We are pleased to become a member in NMEDA, a national organization that reflects Mobility Ventures' commitment to improving the quality, safety and reliability of accessible transportation," said Rick Smith, Mobility Ventures' president, in a news statement. "We look forward to working with NMEDA as Mobility Ventures continues to grow its MV-1 dealership network across the United States. Our goal is for each MV-1 consumer dealer to be a NMEDA member and to become accredited in its industry-leading Quality Assurance Program."
The MV-1 will be built at AM General's assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind.
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.