• Oct 21st 2009 at 1:41PM
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Vehicle Production Group MV-1 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Remember the Standard Taxi from the Vehicle Production Group? It's now called the MV-1, and production is slated to begin next year at the AM General plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. That's the same assembly location where the Hummer H2 is built, which makes sense since the MV-1 is based on the same GM underpinnings as the behemoth SUV.

According to its makers, the MV-1 is the first purpose-built wheelchair-accessible vehicle in America, and it's able to accommodate up to six adults or two full-size wheelchairs. An ADA-approved ramp that stows under the vehicle's floor and a 36-inch wide side opening are designed to make entry and exit a simple affair.

With its body-on-frame construction made with fully boxed rails, the MV-1 should prove to be a durable people mover and its well-known GM drivetrain components should also be easily serviceable. Further, VPG has teamed up with Clean Energy to develop a dedicated compressed natural gas powertrain option that will provide a 250-mile range with significantly reduced emissions.

Styling wise, the MV-1 may not be the prettiest machine on the road, but for those needing to transport wheelchair-bound passengers, this design may just be a thing of beauty. See for yourself in our high-res image gallery below.

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      • 5 Years Ago

      Since existing auto plants will be used for this new Hummer product owned by the Chinese I believe, will it still be union/uaw built?
      • 5 Years Ago

      1) 10+ years ago a wheelchair-bound resident where I work used a 'roof box' where a winch and strap slid out of a cargo box and he hoisted the wheelchair up into the roof box in about a minute. He had this first on a Buick Park Avenue, then later had it painted to match his new Cadillac DeVille. The unit is similar to the first link, and the second link's box would look good on almost any sedan or wagon.

      2) Drivers are getting older and design changes that would allow people with less mobility (handicapped and the elderly) should be featured more prominently. Doors that cut deeper into the roof, seats that slide out sideways, and other ideas could be a hit with these people. Styling isn't the only reason some flock to PT Cruisers, Scion XBs and Elements, they're also easier to get in and out of than regular cars.

      3) For an interesting taxi idea, how about if Carbon Motors made an E7 wagon? If it's durable enough for cops, it should be good enough for Manhattan traffic. Detune it and gear it for local driving to increase mileage, and it could be a hit. It'd sure look cool as hell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Weird, it's like the H2 plant grew a conscience.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that is as ugly as the honda cross over or the Honda element
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally an actual consumer-friendly useful vehicle that is somewhat easier on the eyes comes out of AM General.

      Unfortunately if it does happen to make it to production it will see the same sales numbers as it's other vehicles.
      Rhonda Marie Eidet
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is far beyond pretty to some, but if you want that, you can spend thousands for for a caravan with less fuctionallity and more breakdowns. It is very frustrating when life is complicated enough and than to have to run all over the state or order parts from another part of the state because your local dealership cannot and don't have the parts that are modified.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a joke right? Come on, out with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      environmentally friendly, so it's supposed to be ugly
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a Honda element with down syndrome
        • 5 Years Ago
        Down Syndrome? Wow, that's pretty offensive.

        I actually work with individuals with special needs, many of which use wheelchairs. A purpose built vehicle has a built in market base as aftermarket conversions tend to be extraordinarily expensive. Also, when aftermarket conversions have "issues," such as a door or ramp jamming, it is costly and slow to repair and can leave individuals and families stranded.
        As a car nut who works with individuals with special needs I look forward to learning more about this vehicle so I can share the info with the families I work with who have been looking for conversion alternatives for years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        allaman, X2.

        Why is it that someone, anyone, would be so inclined to have to be the first to respond too anything posted here that starts with "Looks like ...", and then to liken it to a disability? Ironically it seems the OP may be the one with the disability.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Perfect analysis, or the offspring with Down syndrome of a Honda Element and a London cab.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes it's ugly. But in a kind of purposeful, utilitarian way that's likeable in a way.

      Kinda like a modern-day Checker Marathon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. We need a modern day Checker Marathon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why build it off a GM platform? Build it off the Panther one so it can be dirt cheap.
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