Tourneo Helps Celebrate Special Connection

The 25 year link between Yeovil Ford and Brotherwood Automobility, constructors of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs), is being celebrated in a very special way.

Yeovil Ford, part of the Foray Motor Group, is delivering the first batch of 25 Ford Tourneo Connect vehicles to launch Brotherwood’s new Carete, the first Tourneo Connect wheelchair accessible vehicle in the UK market.

It’s also innovative because it introduces STORQ, or the Self Tensioning Operational Restraint Quattro wheelchair restraint system.

Exclusive to Brotherwood, STORQ automatically applies extra tension to the wheelchair restraints, ideal for those with limited grip or dexterity who might struggle with traditional over-centre buckles. By ensuring the rear wheelchair restraints are properly tensioned, the wheelchair user enjoys a more stable ride with the added safety of a properly secured chair.

The base vehicle retains four passenger seats, with the wheelchair entering via a ramp and lowered floor through the rear tailgate to be secured between the outer rear seats.

“We value our connection with Yeovil Ford and favour doing business with local suppliers,” says John Daniel, managing director of Brotherwood Automobility.

“The vehicle will be available on the Motability scheme but many of our customers fund their own purchase and keep their vehicle longer than the five years normal with a Motability WAV.

“The car-like travelling in the Ford, the quality of our conversion, and easy access to Ford service centres makes the Tourneo Connect a brilliant base vehicle with good longevity and we have great plans for it.

“Yeovil Ford has always given us a good and steady supply of vehicles and excellent levels of service, all at competitive prices and it’s a pleasure to be able to keep the supply chain local.”