Mobility Ventures Announces 2014 Production Launch Of Universally Accessible MV-1 Vehicle

MISHAWAKA, Ind., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mobility Ventures LLC, designer
and manufacturer of the first American vehicle purpose-built and designed from
the ground up in support of wheelchair users to meet or exceed the guidelines of
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has launched production of its 2014
MV-1 universally accessible vehicle. Vehicles are now rolling off the assembly
line and being processed for immediate shipment to its nationwide MV-1 dealer

Headquartered in South Bend, Ind., Mobility Ventures LLC, is a wholly owned
subsidiary of AM General.

The 2014 production launch was commemorated with a ceremony at AM General’s
world-class, 675,000 square-foot Commercial Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Ind.,
where the vehicle is built. On hand for the ceremony were dignitaries who ranged
from local, State and Federal political leaders, transportation and disability
advocacy groups…to..commercial and consumer customers, dealers, suppliers and
union officials. The assembled group hailed the contributions of the thousands
of people associated with launching the production of the revolutionary MV-1
fleet of vehicles. Following the ceremony, dignitaries were provided guided
tours throughout the MV-1 production facility, where they could see.. first
hand, the unique and efficient ways the vehicles are assembled.

“Today’s event recognizes the many men and women who have taken this vehicle
from concept to production reality,” said AM General President and CEO, Charlie
Hall. “On behalf of AM General and Mobility Ventures’ employees in Indiana,
Michigan and Ohio, we are proud to create new jobs and deliver this truly
revolutionary vehicle into the hands of a deserving market.”

Since its creation a little more than six months ago, Mobility Ventures has:

— Assembled a veteran team of executives to oversee its operations
— Formed a strategic alliance with the National Mobility Equipment Dealers
Association (NMEDA)
— Created a team of seasoned domestic and international sales
— Displayed the MV-1 at a variety of tradeshows across the country
— Donated an MV-1 as part of NMEDA’s National Mobility Awareness Month
coming up in May
— Surpassed a milestone of signing more than 55 MV-1 dealers across the
Hall added, “There has been a lot of heavy lifting by many groups: our
suppliers, our dealers, our customers and advocacy groups to name a few a
very short period of time… to get us to where we are today. Regardless of the
challenges, the MV-1 team has remained focused and driven on delivering this
vehicle to a customer base in need.”

“I am proud to be a part of the production launch of the 2014 MV-1 vehicle,”
said U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski. “It’s great to hear the sounds of the
vehicle production line running here at this commercial assembly plant today.
These sounds equate to innovation, good paying jobs and hard work. With decades
of experience in assembling and delivering vehicles to military and commercial
customers around the world, there is no workforce better suited to produce this
revolutionary vehicle than the one right here today. I commend AM General and
Mobility Ventures for their leadership on this initiative.”

“The launch of MV-1 represents a great advance for people with mobility
challenges,” says South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal. “We’re proud that the South
Bend-based Mobility Ventures has developed this vehicle, supporting citizens
here and throughout the country, and making a major contribution to the regional

“AM General continues to be one of the cornerstone manufacturers of not just our
City, but our region,” said Mishawaka, Ind. Mayor Dave Wood. “As a City, we have
seen businesses come and go, but AM General’s talent and innovation continues to
set them apart . There is no greater testament to this than being able to bring
the community oriented MV-1 into production. We are excited that this
ground-breaking vehicle has the ability to be a bridge for those with
accessibility barriers. I am extremely proud to say the MV-1 is made in

The MV-1 is the first factory-built mobility vehicle designed from the ground up
to provide accessible transportation to individuals with mobility challenges,
commercial fleets, institutions, and municipalities. Built at AM General’s
world-class, 675,000 square-foot Commercial Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Ind.,
the MV-1 is universally designed, allowing people of all abilities equal access
to a quality, safe and inclusive transportation option. It meets all applicable
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) direct from the factory with no
modifications. Additionally, the MV-1 is more durable and cost effective to own
and operate than a traditional retrofitted van or bus. It is dedicated to
transporting all passengers; with or without mobility challenges, making it the
perfect solution for both consumer and commercial fleet services.

About Mobility Ventures, LLC

Mobility Ventures is an industry innovator in purpose-built paratransit vehicles
for public and private transportation providing design, engineering, marketing,
sales, and customer service support. Mobility Ventures is a wholly owned
subsidiary, of AM General LLC. Please see more information about Mobility
Ventures at

About AM General

AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized
vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. AM General has more
than five decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and
automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in
Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43
states. Please see more information about AM General at

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