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THE LEWIS REED STORY

Lewis Reed was incorporated in 1999 having previously been trading since 1993 as part of Lewis Reed Motor Dealer Group with conversions initially being carried out in a small unit behind the dealership. In the same year, the company moved to larger premises in in Birkenhead before relocating to its current factory in 2003. The company currently employs 50 people and to date has completed approximately 10,000 conversions.

In the early days, Lewis Reed offered conversions based on Renault and Nissan Vans but in the intervening years has evolved to offer a wide range of mainly luxury MPV based conversions.  People looking to purchase a WAV now want far greater choice and levels of comfort more in line with a family saloon rather than a converted van and Lewis Reed aims to provide this with every vehicle it supplies.

The Lewis Reed ethos is all about fit, function and finish. To achieve this, over the last 23 years, the company has invested heavily in research, design and development.  Lewis Reed has more design staff than any other vehicle convertor, with access to the latest CAD systems and ancillary equipment to produce a seamless fit between the conversion and the base vehicle. The company aims to install greater functionality into its vehicles in terms of wheelchair and seating positions as well as the choice of various access systems. In terms of finish, Lewis Reed uses the best quality base vehicle often with a high number of factory options already fitted as standard within the base vehicle price.  To this, it adds the best quality conversion components, design and workmanship to produce a high end, high quality vehicle finished to the highest standard that meets all the requirements of the customer.

The WAV market is made up of thousands of customers all of whom have unique individual requirements who are looking for their own bespoke vehicle solution. There are approximately 20 vehicle convertors operating around the UK most of which offer similar conversions with a slight variance in specification and price.  Lewis Reed is constantly looking to add more value to the existing range as well as adding new models to provide its customers with the widest choice of base vehicles and conversion.  Motability is a major consideration for customers and has considerably improved their finance offering over the years.

Probably the biggest development for the industry has been PAS 2012 which is a standard for WAVs developed by the industry and British Standards International (BSI). PAS 2012 ensures that all vehicles are now built to a set standard in terms of design, safety and service.  This has gone a long way to enhance the reputation of the WAV industry as an established sector within the mobility market with some very well respected manufacturers.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

The management team at Lewis Reed believe that one of the biggest challenges the industry will face will continue to be from legislation.

WAV legislation is currently set in Brussels where its trade association has worked hard to build relationships and maintain a dialogue with Brussels, with the aim of ensuring that inappropriate legislation does not adversely affect its customer’s mobility and the WAV industry here in the UK. With the result of the recent Brexit vote there is now a level of uncertainty as to who will be in charge of legislation in the future.

In Spring 2017, Lewis Reed launched its latest WAV, the all new Mercedes-Benz V-Class Grande, and this is available to order now.

This latest addition to the Lewis Reed portfolio of wheelchair accessible vehicles is unique as the internal headroom space has been increased from 53”/ 135cm to 57”/ 145cm and takes Lewis Reed to a new level in terms of luxury, comfort and choice which is unrivalled in the UK.  The V-Class Grande is available in two models the Sport and AMG line in the extra-long wheelbase.

Every vehicle supplied by Lewis Reed is bespoke and customised to ensure it meets the requirements of the individual which vary from one user to the next.  The V-Class Grande comes with a comprehensive range of options and flexible seating positions to offer practical solutions for user and their carer and family.  The adaptable floor mounted rail system is quick and easy to use providing a choice of up to 6 passenger seats and wheelchair positions.

To ensure entering and exiting the vehicle is as easy as possible the V-Class Grande is fitted with electric sliding doors on both sides, a side lift is also available as an option.  For wheelchair access, the large automatic powered tailgate opens to enable a remote-controlled rear lift or lowered floor and lowering suspension.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

Should you be interested in learning more about how Lewis Reed can help you, please either give us a call on 0151 343 5360, or by filling in the contact form below.

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