A Northwest Indiana manufacturer has partnered with Chrysler to make a wheelchair-accessible version of the Pacifica minivan.
Winamac-based BraunAbility is upfitting the Pacifica to include a side-entry ramp, a wide door opening, expanded cabin space and other adaptive features for wheelchair users. The new vehicle was debuted at the Chicago Auto Show.
"Whether it’s a veteran, a colleague, friend or a family member, there’s a good chance we all know someone with a physical disability who needs help getting to the places and events that matter most to them,” Chrysler Head of Passenger Cars Tim Kuniskis said in introducing the vehicle.
“The all-new Chrysler Pacifica is proving to be a lot of things to a lot of people, and now equipped with the BraunAbility technology, it is also the perfect tool to help our customers gain freedom to stay active in their everyday lives,” he said.
BraunAbility, which employs more than 1,000 workers at its plant in Pulaski County, introduced a wheelchair-accessible version of the Ford Explorer at last year's auto show at the McCormick Place Convention Center.
“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,” BraunAbility President and CEO Nick Gutwein said. “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."