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Toyota signs deal with Ariz.-based Vantage Mobility International

Executives with Toyota Motor Sales, USA and Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a leader in the manufacture and distribution of wheelchair accessible vehicles, have signed an agreement authorizing VMI to convert the top-selling Toyota Sienna into a wheelchair accessible minivan using the patented Northstar in-floor ramp system. The agreement was executed on August 23, 2012, in Torrance, California.  VMI will begin accepting consumer orders for a limited number of the 2012-2013 model Toyota Sienna VMI Northstar minivan conversions through authorized VMI mobility dealers beginning October 1.

“We’re pleased to have established a partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, USA,” said Doug Eaton, president and CEO of VMI.  “Toyota has earned a reputation for leading in customer loyalty, which is why our customers have wanted VMI to offer a Toyota Sienna for years. This agreement will give them the Toyota that they’ve dreamed about.”

Toyota Mobility, a group within Toyota Motor Sales USA, is committed to providing solutions that serve the mobility needs of consumers to enhance their quality of life.  Toyota began providing mobility solutions in 2001.  This is the first time that Toyota and VMI have worked together.

“True to our brand promise, Toyota Mobility is focused on providing our customers with ‘More Options, Less Compromise’.  Therefore, we are very excited about the opportunity we now have with VMI as another conversion solution for the Toyota Sienna”, said Mark Oldenburg, national fleet marketing, mobility and strategic planning manager.   “We’re also confident that our customers will be pleased once they see and experience the new Toyota Sienna with the VMI Northstar conversion.”

Based in Arizona, VMI offers a full range of minivan and full-size van conversions for those in wheelchairs through a global network of dealers.  For 25 years, VMI has been trusted for providing cutting-edge products, including full-size and minivan conversions, platform lifts, scooter and wheelchair lifts and transfer seats. VMI’s Northstar conversion is the only in-floor ramp system currently available on all major minivan models through mobility dealers nationwide.

“VMI is pacing the build of Sienna’s at smaller quantities from previous product launches to ensure our commitment to quality,” said Eaton.  “Initially it will be harder to get one but you only get one chance to do a Toyota right.”

As part of the program, Toyota Mobility will provide up to $1,000 in customer assistance to help offset the cost of any qualified adaptive equipment or conversion for drivers and/or passengers when installed on any eligible purchased or leased new Toyota.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

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FASTSIGNS Launches New Brand Initiative

FASTSIGNS of Scottsdale, the local visual communications/sign and graphics solutions provider, has unveiled a new branding platform with updated messaging: “More than fast. More than signs.”

“We want people to know that while we are fast, more importantly, we provide a wide variety of products, services and comprehensive visual communications solutions to help companies meet their business objectives,” said Jim Sloan, owner of the Scottsdale FASTSIGNS. “We have always known that we are more than fast and more than signs, and this new brand platform is a way of better communicating what FASTSIGNS offers. We have capabilities and service offers beyond what many realize.”

FASTSIGNS of Scottsdale first opened in 1990 and Sloan took ownership in 2009. Originally known as the “the next day sign and lettering experts”, FASTSIGNS’ business concept has grown from just offering banners and vinyl to providing complete visual communications solutions for way-finding, creating business visibility, helping launch new products – everything to meet the needs of businesses who are trying to have a consistent visual message. Some of the wide range of solutions provided by FASTSIGNS includes window shades, vehicle graphics, digital signage, exhibits and displays, architectural signs, channel letters and mobile web sites.

Trained to be consultative and knowledgeable about the full range of visual communications options, the FASTSIGNS of Scottsdale team works with businesses, organizations and events to better understand their needs, and then put together the right mix of innovative graphic solutions to achieve the business or organization’s objectives. To meet the needs of companies large and small, FASTSIGNS offers design, production, project management, delivery and installation.

“Our experienced team knows how to help move businesses forward—we’re not selling a commodity, but helping businesses solve their unique visual communications challenges so that they can reach more customers and accomplish more than they ever thought possible,” said Sloan.

For more information on FASTSIGNS, visit FASTSIGNS’ website at fastsigns.com.