United States - 09/03/2019 — Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs), is pleased to announce an exclusive agreement with Mobility Networks, a premier manufacturer of vehicle accessibility solutions based in the United Kingdom. This exclusive distributor agreement will make VMI the sole provider of Mobility Networks’ global products for WAVs now sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Under the agreement, VMI will offer Mobility Networks’ leading products for installation on many of the most popular vehicles on the road today for both consumer and commercial applications, including the Dodge Promaster and Ford Transit full size vans. Customers will be able to order products for installation on vehicles shipped from VMI’s factory locations in Tucker, GA and Clarkston, MI.
VMI selected Mobility Networks’ products for its dedication to enhancing the customer experience through innovation, reliability and safety. From an integrated diagnostic troubleshooting system for greater reliability to lift products with security measures including a self-leveling and anti-drift mechanism, Mobility Networks has put great emphasis on product designs to create benefits that customers can enjoy for years to come.
“Installing Mobility Networks’ products on VMI vehicles ensures that we are giving our customers the best and safest products on the market that fit their unique needs to achieve greater independence,“ said Mark Shaughnessy, CEO of VMI. “This exclusive arrangement with Mobility Networks will also simplify our product line, enabling VMI and our authorized dealers to maintain an inventory of ready parts for efficient installation, service and repair.”
Mobility Network’s premier product line includes iCLASS platform lift products which come in several design configurations: split lifts, solid lifts and fold lifts—all designed to allow safe, reliable access to the vehicle interior with easy ramp operation controls. Mobility Networks is currently working on adding proprietary advanced technology that will enable remote ramp operation.
“The Mobility Networks team is truly excited about entering and serving the North American market with VMI; a trusted and established partner within the vehicle accessibility market,” said Wayne Harmer, CEO of Mobility Networks Group. “Both parties share a common and closely aligned purpose and we believe that this partnership will strengthen our goals of empowering lives and promoting inclusivity for all. VMI’s expertise, trusted reputation, and nationwide network of partners, combined with Mobility Networks’ passion for providing vehicle converters and end users with inspired accessibility equipment, will provide the market with a first-class product and optimum service levels for the lifetime of the vehicle.”
Mobility Networks’ use of common components in its products will greatly benefit VMI’s mobility dealer network. With an estimated reduction of required inventoried parts by 69%, dealers will be able to provide service with ease and deliver faster turnaround time, successfully getting customers back on the road sooner.
In addition, VMI customers who purchase a new or used vehicle will receive one year of complimentary roadside assistance membership through the VMI Assurance Program. This exclusive solution provides roadside emergency service, towing, paratransit and troubleshooting for vehicles and lifts. This new program, announced in June 2019, stems from a partnership with Mobility Roadside Assistance™ and At-Home Service™ provided by Wrench.com.
Mobility Networks’ products will greatly broaden VMI’s portfolio of product offerings. Mobility Networks’ U.S. model iCLASS lifts are Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS)/404 compliant, have a 1,000 pounds (454 Kg) capacity and come with a standard 2-year warranty.
Vantage Mobility International (VMI) is a leading manufacturer offering the industry’s broadest choices of wheelchair accessible vehicles for personal and commercial use. Over the past 30 years, VMI has advanced the mobility industry with a robust portfolio of new and used ADA compliant minivans and SUV’s equipped with custom solutions, side and rear entry options, and high-capacity wheelchair platform lifts. VMI is the parent company to Revability, Inc., and AMS Vans. For more information visit: VMI www.vmivans.com, Revability, Inc.www.revability.com, AMS Vans www.amsvans.com
About Mobility Networks
Established in 2012 with worldwide headquarters in Kent, UK, Mobility Networks is the leading multi-national specialist in vehicle accessibility products. It provides a single source for all the latest innovations in vehicle access solutions from across the world. With a portfolio that is continually expanding, its products currently include vehicle access lifts, ramps, steps, seats, flooring and lowered floor conversion kits. For More information visit www.mobilitynetworksgroup.com
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