Mitsubishi’s Space Wagon has been moved to the front of the queue for disabled drivers and their families thanks to a new contract which makes the company the main supplier of large MPVs to the Charitable Grants section Motability scheme.

Mitsubishi vehicles have been missing from the list of cars available to drivers through the Motability Finance initiative over the past 18 months, during which time the company’s UK Fleet Department has been re-organised under the control of National Fleet Sales Manager Andy Wertheim.

The partnership has now been renewed and a wide range of Mitsubishi vehicles are available to Motability users – including more than 300 Space Wagons which will be supplied to Motability’s ‘charitable grants’ section over the next 6-12 months.

Andy Wertheim said: "We have worked hard to streamline and strengthen our fleet operations and it is very rewarding for the whole team to win our first major fleet contract with such a well respected customer.

"With our revised range of added value vehicles, recently introduced new technology diesel engines and more initiatives to be announced shortly, Mitsubishi Fleet is now fully operational and hungry for business."

More than 1.2 million vehicles have been provided through the Motability Finance scheme since it was established in 1978 with the intention of allowing disabled people and their families to become more mobile by providing an affordable way to buy or lease.

Mitsubishi vehicles including the Shogun Pinin, Galant, Space Wagon, Carisma and quick-selling Space Star were added to the list of vehicles available through the popular scheme at the start of July. And that move gives Motability customers a whole new range of options according to Andy Wertheim.

He said: "By including such a wide range of our vehicles in those available to Motability drivers, we are able to offer a solution to the needs of disabled drivers and their families whether they are looking for a family saloon car, a people carrier or a four-wheel drive option".

"The Motability scheme has the full backing of Mitsubishi Motors UK and the 21 vehicles we have been able to make available from our range, for drivers who qualify for the scheme, are very viable options indeed in terms of performance and price."

Two versions of Mitsubishi’s new-look Space Star are the lowest priced vehicles in the Mitsubishi Motability range, giving disabled drivers the chance to join a growing trend which has seen sales of the Space Star increase by more than 50 per cent in 2002 so far.

The Carisma and Galant add family-sized car options – with Mitsubishi’s Direct Injection Diesel technology available on the Carisma 1.9 DI-D Mirage. While two Space Wagon variants provide the opportunity to drive one of the leading MPVs on the market.

Four Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin options are also included – adding the option of a true multi-purpose vehicle with the added benefit of four-wheel drive.

Published : 30/07/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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