Fiat Chrysler and wheelchair accessible vehicle manufacturer BraunAbility have teamed up to debut a new wheelchair-friendly 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.
According to FCA, the BraunAbility Pacifica is the most spacious wheelchair-accessible vehicle in the industry. The vehicle features an aerospace-inspired sliding door extension, the industry’s widest side-entry ramp and rear-axle space solutions to help maximize interior volume with the presence wheelchair ramp. Any BraunAbility components that have been changed from the standard Pacifica have been sourced through the same suppliers FCA uses to ensure high quality and the vehicle retains its crash-test standards.
“For over 45 years, BraunAbility and Chrysler have worked together to empower people with physical disabilities, including our founder Ralph Braun, to stay connected to what matters in their lives,” said BraunAbility CEO Nick Gutwein. “The need for quality mobility solutions is only going to grow, and we are thrilled to align with Chrysler to launch the innovative and uncompromising BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica.”
Chrysler and BraunAbility’s latest partnership also includes co-promotion support for the ‘Give a Dog a Job’ program, which helps provide trained service dogs to those in wheelchairs or those with other disabilities. According to FCA, hundred of people are currently on the waiting list to receive a trained assistance dog they might need to live their normal, day-to-day lives.
To learn more about the Give a Dog a Job program and Chrysler and BraunAbility’s involvement with the non-profit organization, you can view the video below. The promotional clip also shows the new BraunAbility Pacifica’s wheelchair ramp in action, so be sure to give it a watch.