Detroit, Mich., Jan. 2, 2012 – The North American International Auto Show Mobility Center, premiering with the 2012 edition of the NAIAS, will provide new transportation options and opportunities for those living with disabilities.
“Living with a disability doesn’t have to mean the end of personal mobility,” says NAIAS 2012 Chairman Bill Perkins. “Today there are so many more options for those who are physically challenged than there were just a few years ago. We’re pleased to bring together a group of manufacturers and equipment providers that are committed to assisting those with special needs.”
Located in Cobo Center’s Michigan Hall, the NAIAS Mobility Center will feature a variety of vehicles, accessories, vehicle conversions, and adaptive devices that address special transportation needs, as well as innovations in mobility. In addition, vehicles that have been modified to accommodate disabled drivers, and accessories that allow standard vehicles to be adapted – all designed to help improve quality of life – will be on display.
The Mobility Center will be adjacent to the indoor Pure Michigan Ride & Drive Test Track, and include products from: AutoAbility-Michigan, Chrysler Mobility, Creative Mobility Group, Detroit Auto Salon Scooters, GoShichi Vehicles, Toyota Mobility, and Vehicle Production Group.
“Transportation is an indispensable part of life for all people,” said Perkins. “It wasn’t that long ago when being disabled meant the end of personal mobility. Those days are gone,” said Perkins. “Today, our show is about satisfying the transportation needs of people, and we are pleased to offer this exhibit area that is completely focused on personal mobility.”
NAIAS Sponsors The NAIAS would like to thank its premier sponsors: Delta Air Lines, DENSO, Johnson Controls, KPMG, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michelin, ZF Group, as well as its official sponsors: AutoTrader.com, ion Television, MSN Autos, Panasonic Automotive, and Schaeffler. Charter One, part of the RBS group, is the Presenting Sponsor of Charity Preview.
About the North American International Auto Show Entering its 24th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place. One of the largest media events in North America, the NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.