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    Interesting new vehicle to come out soon for disabled folks

    http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010...n_bin&hpt=Sbin

    I'll believe 35 to 40k though for the price when I see it. Probabley be more $$$, seems like these kinda things generally are.
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    That price would be competitive. However, it seems like a very large vehicle, which I would not care for. Also, in the video, the ramp looks about 20 feet long. That would be a problem. I wonder if they are looking to sell them to taxi and other transport companies rather than for personal vehicles.
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    For the life of me I can't see how it's based on a London Taxi, a Range Rover perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    That price would be competitive. However, it seems like a very large vehicle, which I would not care for. Also, in the video, the ramp looks about 20 feet long. That would be a problem. I wonder if they are looking to sell them to taxi and other transport companies rather than for personal vehicles.
    I agree. Would like it to be smaller and energy efficient.
    Funny, I don't see the term "energy efficient" applied to vehicles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timaru View Post
    For the life of me I can't see how it's based on a London Taxi, a Range Rover perhaps.
    Same sort of entry:



    More: http://www.the-london-taxi.com/londo..._accessibility

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    Looks like a Honda Element with a ramp.

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    Thanks Katja, I can see how the principal is the same but the vehicle looks far larger.

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    I saw one in person last summer at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago during my inpatient say there. They are big, for sure, and with obvious GM parts used throughout. The one I saw was obviously pre-production and lacked any branding whatsoever. To me, if you need a ramp van and are in the market for a new one it makes sense to get one engineered for the purpose rather than a hacked up overpriced minivan. Still, the styling on these is not my cup of tea either and the interior fit and finish was lacking, but it was pre-production too. Disclaimer: I am not in the market for this type of vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timaru View Post
    Thanks Katja, I can see how the principal is the same but the vehicle looks far larger.
    It does.

    It's funny how whenever you see a picture of a London taxi, the ramp is there, the person is going up it - but you don't see all the shenanigans the driver has to go through to get out the step, get out the ramp, release the door strap, chock the door, ...

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    Here's the web site.

    http://www.vpgautos.com/

    Been following these for a year or so. Downsides are size, economy, ramp length/slope, butt ugly...lol. It is primarily intended as a taxi with civilian use as a side market.

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