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Mobility Ventures Signs MV-1 Canada To Exclusive Distribution Agreement

SOUTH BEND, Ind., and TORONTO, Ontario, May, 13, 2014 – Mobility Ventures LLC, designer and manufacturer of the acclaimed MV-1, has announced the appointment of MV-1 Canada as the exclusive Canadian distributor for the MV-1,the only North American vehicle, purpose-built and designed from the ground up in support of wheelchair users.

Headquartered in South Bend, Ind., Mobility Ventures LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of AM General.

The MV-1 is the first factory-built mobility vehicle designed from the ground up to provide accessible transportation to individuals with mobility challenges, commercial fleets, institutions, and municipalities.

Built at AM General’s world-class, 675,000 square-foot Commercial Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Ind., the MV-1 is universally designed, allowing people of all abilities equal access to a quality, safe and inclusive transportation option. It meets all applicable Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) direct from the factory, with no modifications. Additionally, the MV-1 is more durable and cost effective to own and operate than a traditional retrofitted van or bus. It is dedicated to transporting all passengers; with or without mobility challenges, making it the perfect solution for both consumer and commercial fleet services.

“MV-1 Canada is the ideal partner for us in Canada” said Rick Smith, President of Mobility Ventures. “The team at MV-1 Canada has a strong reputation for customer satisfaction, years of experience serving the mobility industry and a dedication to a culture of accessibility in Canada. As our distribution partner, MV-1 Canada is establishing a national network of independent dealers and services locations across Canada.”

The MV-1 is the only accessible vehicle that meets or exceeds the stringent vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Canadian CSA D-409 safety standards. The SUV-like vehicle has an easily deployable manual or powered ramp built directly above the frame but below the floor. The ramp extends from the side so wheelchair users can enter from the curb and position themselves in the front passenger location.

“We are thrilled about our new agreement with Mobility Ventures and look forward to supporting our customers and dealers across Canada.” said Nick Grande, CEO of MV-1 Canada. “The MV-1 is a truly innovative product, has been well received and has performed in all applications. We want to thank all our customers, partners and staff for their support and incredible loyalty to this revolutionary vehicle. The MV-1 is now available in Canada for immediate delivery.”

About Mobility Ventures LLC

Mobility Ventures is an industry innovator in purpose-built paratransit vehicles for public and private transportation providing design, engineering, marketing, sales, and customer service support. Mobility Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary, of AM General LLC. Please see more information about Mobility Ventures at www.mv-1.us

About AM General

AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. AM General has more than five decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states. Please see more information about AM General at www.amgeneral.com


Media Contact:
Jeff Adams, 703-347-2276; e-mail: jeff.adams@amgeneral.com
Peter Grande 905 738 3800, e-mail: pgrande@motiongroup.ca

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