BraunAbility MXV – a Ford Explorer Conversion – Is World’s First Wheelchair-Accessible SUV

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  • BraunAbility, the world leader in mobility vehicles, introduces
    BraunAbility MXV based on the 2016 Ford Explorer; MXV is
    the world’s first wheelchair-accessible SUV, and continues
    BraunAbility’s long line of automotive mobility innovations
  • BraunAbility MXV gives wheelchair users the freedom of an accessible
    van with the style and capability of an SUV
  • Ford Explorer revolutionized the SUV market, and reigns as the
    best-selling nameplate in the segment for 25 years; with its Explorer
    conversion vehicle, BraunAbility revolutionizes what independence
    means for wheelchair users

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The world’s best-selling SUV for 25 years is now the world’s only
volume-production wheelchair-accessible SUV.


Ford Motor Company and BraunAbility have joined forces to create
BraunAbility MXV – a wheelchair-accessible SUV that gives
wheelchair users the quality and dependability of a BraunAbility
mobility vehicle, and the adventurous, “unstoppable” spirit of an
Explorer.

“We’re thrilled the Explorer name is connected to such a highly
respected brand like BraunAbility,” said Omar Odeh, Ford marketing
manager. “Explorer has always been associated with helping people go
places they otherwise could not, and BraunAbility MXV furthers that
reputation.”

BraunAbility MXV – available with Explorer base, XLT and Limited models
– features patented sliding-door technology, removable driver and
passenger seats, and a powered, lighted in-floor ramp. A sliding shifter
and front seat base design provide for increased space, while an
integrated key fob operates both door and ramp. There’s also an
available tow package.

Interior space is maximized to create ample room for wheelchair
navigation and comfort. Wheelchair users can drive the vehicle from a
wheelchair or ride as a passenger. Notable dimensions include:

  • 55-inch usable side door opening height
  • 28 1/2-inch usable ramp width
  • 58-inch interior height (vehicle center)
  • 59-inch interior height (for driver and passenger)
  • 55-inch interior floor length behind front seats
  • 59 1/2-inch interior width at B-pillar

“Our customers are very excited to have a mobility option that reflects
their individuality,” said Nick Gutwein, BraunAbility president and CEO.
“For us, Ford Explorer was the obvious choice. It’s an iconic American
vehicle that reflects the ultimate in independence and freedom.”

Featuring a 3.5-liter V6 engine, BraunAbility MXV delivers the
performance and capability Explorer drivers have embraced for years,
including an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg
combined rating. Actual mileage will vary. MXV also delivers an
estimated 5,000-pound maximum tow capacity.

BraunAbility MXV is produced at BraunAbility’s 170,000-square-foot
manufacturing facility in Winamac, Indiana. It is sold at more than 200
authorized dealers throughout the United States.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford
Motor Company
is a global automotive and mobility company
based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants
worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing,
manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford
cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury
vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging
opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a
leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer
experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford,
its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit
www.corporate.ford.com.

About BraunAbility

BraunAbility
is the world’s leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles
and wheelchair lifts in the mobility industry. Founded nearly 50 years
ago by Ralph Braun, the corporation was built on the age-old adage,
“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Ralph Braun was a young man who
used a wheelchair and had no reliable transportation to and from his
place of work. He built his first wheelchair-accessible vehicle in 1972,
and since then the company has grown into the most well-known and
experienced name in the mobility industry, bringing independence to
millions of individuals across the world.

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video, visit www.media.ford.com.

Contacts

Ford Motor Company
Mark Schirmer
313.390.8647
mschirme@ford.com
or
William
A. Mattiace
313.390.4958
wmattiac@ford.com
or
BraunAbility
Megan
Wegner
574.595.0478
megan.wegner@braunability.com