PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consumers, able-bodied or not, prefer SUVs to minivans at a rate of more
than 6:1 based on annual automotive sales reported in the Wall Street
Journal. “One of VMI’s core values is to never forget the challenges
faced by our customers,” said Tim Barone, CEO of Vantage Mobility
International (VMI). “When we started to explore the possibility of
converting an SUV, our core value remained the focal point of our
mission as we spoke with wheelchair users and their families to
understand their wants and needs.” He continued, “We started with people
who wanted an accessible SUV, but couldn’t find one that met their
needs. During our research, we consistently received feedback that an
SUV meant more than style. It meant normalcy. We learned that an SUV
itself isn’t enough. The right SUV must have the physical design and
practical space to meet our consumers’ specific demands.
“The introduction of the VMI Honda Pilot Northstar E™ accessible SUV
with its innovative manual in-floor ramp offers the perfect combination
of simplicity, space and style at a great price,” Barone said. Customers
looking for a caregiver vehicle that offers accessibility and sweet
style will find this vehicle delivers exceptional wheelchair
maneuverability and room for the family. It’s equipped with practical
features that put the “utility” in an SUV, such as a ramp that’s easily
stowed out of the way, a removable front passenger seat for greater
seating flexibility, and plenty of usable storage.
Built into this new SUV from VMI is its exclusive Access360® which sets
a new standard for generous wheelchair space and maneuverability. “VMI’s
Honda Pilot Northstar E™ SUV boasts more space for large power chairs to
enter the vehicle and maneuver comfortably, more flexibility with a
removable front seat and confidence that it will deliver a superior
experience,” said Barone. VMI’s stated unique features of the product
Expansive door opening width (33.5”) and door height (55.5”) to make
entry and exit easy.
An in-floor ramp which is stowed within the vehicle floor with no
squeaking or rattling – keeping dirt and debris out of the
A wide (32”) durable ramp to accommodate large power wheelchairs.
Flexible seating lets the wheelchair user sit in the front passenger
position or the spacious mid row.
An obstruction-free doorway for safe entry and exit without having to
deploy the ramp for able-bodied passengers.
Overhead and added floor and door lighting making wheelchair
securement easier in lowlight conditions.
A rear bench footrest that’s easy to use and offers additional comfort
for passengers seated on the rear bench.
An extra cargo storage area conveniently incorporated below the rear
100% crash tested to all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
governed by NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety
For more information or to test drive the all new Honda Pilot Northstar
E™ SUV available from VMI, call 855-864-8267 or visit www.myvmisuv.com
Vantage Mobility International (VMI) is a leading manufacturer of
wheelchair accessible vehicles built on Toyota, Honda, and Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles (FCA) chassis. The company has advanced the mobility
industry for 30 years with a robust portfolio of minivan and SUV
conversions as well as platform lifts. VMI, based in Phoenix, Arizona,
has been awarded the prestigious Toyota Gold Certificate for Quality and
its manufacturing facility utilizes Six Sigma techniques to employ
continuous process improvements and deliver high-quality products for
personal use and commercial applications.
Vantage Mobility International
Christine Kane, 602-385-5901