May 8, 2013

Vehicle Production Group ceases operation, lays off staff

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Vehicle Production Group (VPG), makers of the MV-1 accessible vehicle, has ceased operation and laid off its staff, according to USA Today. Shutdown of the company, which had a $50 million Department of Energy loan, was not due to lack of orders, but rather the lack of a strong network of dealers that are mobility specialists, former CEO John Walsh said. For the full story, click here.

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  • Ned Einstein[ May 8th, 2013 @ 6:38pm ]

    I think this is a tragedy of the utmost incompetence. I was thrilled when I first saw this vehicle at a trade show when hearing of its costs -- yet was astonished that its engineers could not figure out how to shoehorn a second wheelchair position into it. The manufacturer had no interest enlisting me and some colleagues' help in configuring the vehicle for this, which should have been easy given its front engine. The constraints to this in the passenger compartment represented some of the stupidest "packaging" of components I've ever seen. Too bad. Had these folks addressed these problems, and included some forward-facing, flip-up seats, this would have become "THE" paratransit vehicle-of-choice.

  • Stun[ May 13th, 2013 @ 3:03pm ]

    Although the vehicle is practical and functional for a paratransit operation, another issue that should have been addressed is the faulty chassis. Multiple frame cracks have arisen in several different spots, thus creating safety issues for the contractors that are providing service to handicapped passengers. These frame cracks really should have been resolved by the engineering department because safety should not be compromised in any way.

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