Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles Draw Crowds in South of France

13th April 2017

French show visitors gave a warm response to two of Allied Vehicles’ unique wheelchair accessible car conversions at a major disability event in Toulouse.

Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France. Held over two days, Salon Autonomic Sud’s eleventh year boasted 150 exhibitors, with around 10,000 visitors attending. The event aims to cater for people with disabilities, their families, carers and support organisations. The event also includes a varied program of conferences and forums.


One of Allied’s French distribution partners, ACA, exhibited at the event to showcase Allied’s Peugeot Partner Horizon™ and Ford Grand Connect Freedom™ models.

Based just outside Bordeaux, ACA also operates in Lyon and Amiens and has sales and support agents throughout France.  Established in 1991 the company specialises in vehicles for disabled drivers and passengers and assists around 3,000 disabled people each year with car adaptations and conversions.

The French are intensely proud of their own manufacturing brands and Allied’s Horizon™ model certainly attracted strong interest. Based on the economical Peugeot Partner Tepee, Horizon™ is the best-selling wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) in the UK and is becoming increasingly popular in continental Europe as well.  Allied’s conversions offer a choice of seating options to suit individual customer requirements.  Wheelchair access is facilitated by the unique and innovative EasyGlide™ wheelchair ramp, which simply pulls out from the rear floor of the vehicle.


“Salon Autonomic Sud proved a fantastic shop window for our wheelchair accessible vehicles.”

A relatively new addition to the Allied range, Freedom™ is based on the Ford Tourneo Connect, which is part of the multi award-winning Ford Connect LCV range. Its latest guise includes a plethora of new safety and technological features in a modern, stylish-looking car. From this base, the engineering design team at Allied has created a head-turning but critically practical solution in the form of the Freedom™.  Given the popularity of Connect in Europe, ACA staff were again kept busy fielding enquiries on this attractive new WAV.

Commenting on the exhibition, Allied Vehicles managing director, Peter Facenna, said: “Salon Autonomic Sud proved a fantastic shop window for our wheelchair accessible vehicles.

“ACA is an exemplary partner to work with and it was great to see so much interest around two of our best-selling WAVs.”