Mobility center makes debut at Detroit auto show

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Courtesy of Detroit Free Press:

There’s plenty to see at the North American International Auto Show on the show floor, but what about what’s under the show floor?

The basement level, called Michigan Hall, offers even more.

This year, the NAIAS has its first-ever mobility center, featuring adaptive vehicles and accessories for people with disabilities. The exhibitors are Vehicle Production Group, maker of the MV-1, the world’s first and only factory-built vehicle for wheelchair passengers; GoShichi, which does 4-by-4 truck conversions for wheelchair-using drivers; Creative Mobility Group, which installs adaptive products like driving controls and grab handles; AutoAbility, which makes wheelchair conversion vans, and Toyota and Chrysler’s mobility programs.

“It fulfills a very important niche that is providing transportation options for people who are disabled,” explained auto show spokesman Joe Rohatynski.

Also new this year is the Detroit Scooter Salon, which will showcase scooters for people who have trouble walking.

The Pure Michigan ride and drive track will feature the Chevrolet Volt and Malibu, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, the Kia Optima and the MV-1, according to Rohatynski.

And regardless of whether the sun is shining outside, visitors can check out the University of Michigan Solar Car. A team of students, racing Quantum, finished third in the 2011 Veolia World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.

The food court, a.k.a. the Go Gourmet Café, is in Michigan Hall, too.

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