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New MV-1 vehicle unveiled at AM General Plant

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It was an historic day for AM General and the City of Mishawaka on Tuesday. The new MV-1 vehicle was unveiled at the AM General Plant. The MV-1 is built from the ground up for people with disabilities. You may remember years back, the MV-1 was made along side the Hummer H2. But GM eventually shut down the production of the H2, along with the MV-1.

This is the first MV-1 produced since AM General bought the company that developed it, Vehicle Production Group. This project, along with a planned foreign military order of Humvees has put about 200 workers back on the job at the factory.

Now, Mobility Ventures says there's a high demand for the vehicle, and local officials say this is something to be excited about. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was all smiles, and says, "Hearing this company's back to work and hearing these lines rolling again, and seeing the cars in the parking lot. Couple 100 people back on the job here, there couldn't be better news on a day like today." Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood says, "This also represents an economic development for the city. Not only for what they're able to produce here but hopefully in the supply line as this thing ramps up, and hopefully reaches it's full potential." South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal also spoke about the excitement this brings to South Bend, and the economic development for both cities.

Mobility Ventures VP of Sales John Walsh says, "There's such a large demand for a vehicle like this. It's enormous. It's not just a car. It's a way of life. And it's truly giving people it's independence. Ford, GM, Chrysler, no one's ever tried to build one off an assembly line. Anything that's been done before for someone that's in a wheelchair that needs a vehicle." The first MV-1 will be sent out to the dealership Friday.

Walsh says the coolest part is that it's built form the ground up for wheelchair access. He says the MV-1 has found the perfect home. "Why in Mishawaka? I'll tell you why. Because this plant is one of the newest, actually, it's THE newest U.S. auto plant in the country," he says. Those with disabilities who benefit from the MV-1 say the Michiana area is changing lives. Kristina Rhoades, Mobility Ventures media relations, says, "People that are building this vehicle live in this community, and are a part of the South Bend/Mishawaka community. And the work they're doing is something they really should be proud of."

The MV-1 seats up to six adults, with 2 full-size wheelchairs. Sales are expected to start April 1st.

 

 

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