The Chrysler brand partners with BraunAbility to unveil game-changing wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica.
For many Americans, cars are synonymous with freedom. Adaptive equipment extends this freedom, the freedom of mobility. For those with physical challenges, modifying a vehicle with adaptive equipment such as a wheelchair lift or left foot accelerator, is a vital customization that allows them to live life on their terms.
As Cheryl Angelelli, a four-time Paralympian medalist and wheelchair ballroom dancer who drives a Chrysler vehicle with adaptive equipment describes it, “Because I’m a quadriplegic, I use hand controls and a specially modified steering wheel… If I’m without a car, then I’m without my mobility and my independence. I can’t imagine not being able to drive. It has afforded me so much independence that I can’t even imagine my life without driving.”
The freedom of driving: More independence. More accessibility.
We’ve teamed up with Cheryl Angelelli, to show off her customized 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
The FCA US Automobility Program helps connect people like Cheryl with the freedom of driving. Through the program, FCA US provides a reimbursement up to a maximum of $1,000 to eligible customers who incur out-of-pocket expenses to install qualifying adaptive driver or passenger equipment on a purchased or leased new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram or FIAT vehicle.
In addition, the redesigned Automobility website makes it easier to for people like Cheryl to determine which vehicle and adaptive equipment is right for them.
FCA US was the first automaker to enter the mobility marketplace. Today, FCA US continues to set new standards in this market. With the addition of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, there are now 25 vehicles available to be modified with adaptive equipment in the FCA US Automobility Program.
The most spacious accessible van on the road
FCA US and BraunAbility joined forces to design a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica minivan that gives wheelchair users the quality of the world’s leading automotive mobility manufacturer with the industry’s most awarded minivan. The BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica features the largest interior space, as well as the widest door opening and side-entry ramp in the industry.
The upfitted Pacifica is adapted to provide increased mobility for a person with physical limitations.
The most spacious wheelchair-accessible vehicle in the industry, the BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica features patent-pending AccessAbility™ technology, including an aerospace-inspired sliding door extension and the industry’s widest side-entry ramp, with rear-axle space innovations and cantilevered seat bases that expand interior cabin space, maximizing space for obstruction-free maneuverability for all sizes and types of wheelchairs. BraunAbility seamlessly integrates with the sophisticated styling of the Chrysler Pacifica. To ensure Chrysler integrity and quality, BraunAbility sources its components through the same suppliers, and crash-tests to the highest automotive standards.
“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,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “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.”
In addition, recently Chrysler Pacifica, BraunAbility and Jay Leno teamed up to donate an accessible minivan to a very deserving veteran. A report on the donation was included in the show “Jay Leno’s Garage” on the CNBC cable network. Watch a preview here: