A high-specification, wheelchair accessible conversion of Citroen’s award-winning C8 people carrier, with full European type approval, has just been launched. This sophisticated new conversion, by leading Cheshire-based specialist, Hill Gruau s.v, will raise Citroen’s already high profile as a major supplier of vehicles to this sector.
The Hill Gruau C8 conversion offers a unique range of features, including kneeling rear air suspension as well as the ability to carry up to five people and one wheelchair seated passenger or up to eight people in non-wheelchair carrying mode.
Very competitively priced from just £27,500 + VAT (if applicable) + delivery, the Hill Gruau conversion is currently available for diesel engined C8 models. Wheelchair access is provided by a combination of the lowering rear air suspension, a wide, integral lowering rear floor section and a very short, 360mm fold-out access ramp. As such the Hill Gruau conversion can be rapidly deployed for use, provides easy wheelchair loading/unloading and requires minimal external space in the load/unload position.
Once the wheelchair has been wheeled in, the lowering rear floor section lifts both wheelchair and occupant into the travelling position. Here the wheelchair can be secured using the four Q’Straint straps supplied and the occupant, who has separate lap and diagonal belts, can benefit from an unobstructed field of vision. When a wheelchair is not being carried, the drop-down wheelchair well can be covered by a flat floor panel and a three-seat bench fitted to provide a third row of seating and increase the number of people carried to eight.
Robert Handyside, Citroen’s commercial vehicle operations manager, responsible for the company’s vehicle conversion activities, explains, "Citroen is one of the UK’s largest vehicle suppliers to the mobility sector. The company is already a major supplier of Berlingo Multispace and Dispatch vehicles for wheelchair conversions, and the new Hill Gruau C8 conversion raises the standard of wheelchair accessibility to a new and higher level."Published 11 August 2005