Leading vehicle adaptations manufacturers Autochair will use its appearance at the forthcoming Mobility Roadshow to launch its latest product – the TurboSlide.

The company will unveil the product when it attends the show, which is being held from June 25 to 27 at Donington Park Racing Circuit, just 30 miles away from Autochair’s factory in Alfreton, Derbyshire.

Autochair has made its name by designing and building some of the most advanced hoists and person lifts on the market, but the TurboSlide is more a product of straightforward ingenuity rather than sophisticated electronics and engineering.

Projecting outwards from the edge of the car seat, the product gives users who are unable to bear their weight on their legs a platform to slide across as they transfer between the car seat and their wheelchair.

It folds behind the seat when it is not in use, meaning that it provides a discreet addition to Autochair’s product range, which also includes its best-selling Milford Person Lift, its Mini Hoist, designed to lift wheelchairs and smaller scooters such as the Pride Go Go, and its Olympian powerchair and scooter hoist, which, with lifting power capable of handling up to 200kg, is the most powerful hoist available.

Matthew Walker, Autochair Managing Director: “We are thrilled to be taking our place at the Mobility Roadshow at Donington Park and feel that it is the perfect place for us to launch the TurboSlide.

“Our company’s success has been built on offering mobility solutions that are discreet and versatile. They are capable of being fitted into hundreds of different makes and models of car on the market, so that our customers do not need to change their vehicle, or have a wider choice when it comes to buying a new one.

“The TurboSlide more than fits that criteria. It is easy to install, performs its function effortlessly and is hidden way when not in use.”

Autochair was founded in 1979 by engineer David Walker, who had been confined to a wheelchair following a car accident four years earlier and, in a bid for greater independence, invented a product to lift his wheelchair up and into a box mounted on the top of his car.

The company now employs 67 people and last year opened a new £2m state-of-the-art extension to its factory.

An official supplier to the Motability scheme, Autochair is a regular visitor to the Mobility Roadshow and is undergoing an exciting rebranding exercise, which includes a new Logo, literature and soon a new website designed to make its ordering process even easier.

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