Vantage Mobility International (VMI) is now the sole provider of Mobility Networks’ global products for wheelchair-accessible vans (WAVs) now sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the company announces.
Under the agreement, VMI will offer Mobility Networks’ products for installation in vehicles 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, Mich.
“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,“ says Mark Shaughnessy, CEO of VMI, in a media release.
“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 Networks’ 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,” states 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, per the release.
Mobility Networks’ products will greatly broaden VMI’s portfolio of product offerings. Mobility Networks’ US 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.
[Source(s): Vantage Mobility International, Mobility Networks]