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NEWNAN: First ever car to be manufactured for disabled
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NEWNAN, Ga. -- There is nothing like the look, feel, and smell of a brand new car from the factory. Some people have never had the opportunity to experience that for themselves.

A new vehicle called the MV-1 now gives people with disabilities the chance to buy a car that is factory-built and assembled for them. It is the first of its kind.

"The vehicle actually was built from the frame up, exclusively for wheelchair accessibility," said Orlando Zeledon, sales consultant at Toyota of Newnan, where the MV-1 is on display.

The MV-1 will be manufactured in Indiana by a company called Vehicle Production Group (VPG), and will run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas. Toyota of Newnan will be the only dealer in Georgia to sell the car when it's available by the end of September.

Zeledon said the MV-1 is already getting rave reviews.

Jay Leno featured it MV-1 on "Jay Leno's Garage." Before it, people with disabilities had to buy a new van, then have it retrofitted for wheelchair access.

"A few friends of mine are in wheelchairs, and they've had (retrofitting) done, and it's expensive," Leno said. "I mean, it's OK, but the pieces don't quite mesh."

Zeladon said now disabled drivers "can ride in a vehicle that is safe, they can ride in a vehicle that is comfortable, and they can ride in a vehicle that is going to be easy to access."

He said the cost of the MV-1 is $43,950 versus a retrofitted van, which can cost as much as $50,000.

You can learn more about the MV-1 on VPG's website.

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