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Fred Drasner

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The Vehicle Production Group LLC

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The Vehicle Production Group LLC

333 Republic Drive, Suite D

Allen Park, Michigan,48101

United States

Company Description

About The Vehicle Production Group, LLC Based in Troy, Mich., The Vehicle Production Group LLC was founded in 2006 as an original equipment manufacturer of a purpose-built taxicab, the Standard Taxi, which has been designed and engineered specifically for taxi... more

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Employment History

Co-Chairman

Fast Company


Co-owner

New York Daily News


Affiliations

Ventiv Health , Inc.

Board Member


Africa Project Inc

Advisory Board Member


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Management Team

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Illustration: Fred Drasner
Fred Drasner Chairman of the Board Mr. Drasner is Chairman of Three Seasons Capital, a venture capital firm. He was co-owner and Vice Chairman of The Washington Redskins football team from 1999 to 2004, and co-owner, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Publisher of the New York Daily News from 1993 to 2004. He has also served as CEO and/or Co-Chairman of U. S. News & World Report, Chairman and CEO of Applied Graphics Technologies (NASDAQ) and Chairman of Applied Printing Technologies. Mr. Drasner was one of the initial investors in Snyder Communications (NYSE) and a board member until its sale to Havas in 1999. In addition, Mr. Drasner was one of the founders of Fast Company Magazine, a member of the Board of Directors of Ventiv Health, Inc. (now inVentiv Health Inc., NASDAQ) Applied Graphics Technologies (NASDAQ); Snyder Communications (NYSE) and the Washington Redskins. He served as a Director of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) from 1996 to 2003 and was a Director of the New York City Opera from 1996 to 2003 and the New York MS Society from 1993 to 2003.


Management Team

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Illustration: Fred Drasner
Fred Drasner Director, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Company Mr. Drasner is Chairman of Three Seasons Capital, a venture capital firm. He was co-owner and Vice Chairman of The Washington Redskins football team from 1999 to 2004, and co-owner, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Publisher of the New York Daily News from 1993 to 2004. He has also served as CEO and/or Co-Chairman of U. S. News & World Report, Chairman and CEO of Applied Graphics Technologies (NASDAQ) and Chairman of Applied Printing Technologies. Mr. Drasner was one of the initial investors in Snyder Communications (NYSE) and a board member until its sale to Havas in 1999. In addition, Mr. Drasner was one of the founders of Fast Company Magazine, a member of the Board of Directors of Ventiv Health, Inc. (now inVentiv Health Inc., NASDAQ) Applied Graphics Technologies (NASDAQ); Snyder Communications (NYSE) and the Washington Redskins. He served as a Director of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) from 1996 to 2003 and was a Director of the New York City Opera from 1996 to 2003 and the New York MS Society from 1993 to 2003.


Access Now September 2011 Newsletter

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Fred Drasner, Chairman of VPG, said We are proud to be the first manufacturer to provide people with mobility issues a purpose-built vehicle that meets the same expectations that all new car buyers have; ease of entry and exit, an exceptional ride, state of the art technology and unprecedented reliability, quality and durability.
The MV-1 is being assembled at the AM General Commercial Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Indiana.


The Vehicle Production Group starts production of the MV-1 | The Yellow Cab Company

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Fred Drasner, Chairman of VPG said "We are proud to be the first manufacturer to provide people with mobility issues a purpose-built vehicle that meets the same expectations that all new car buyers have; ease of entry and exit, an exceptional ride, state of the art technology and unprecedented reliability, quality and durability.


www.abilitymagazine.com

"We just thought there was a niche in the market," said Fred Drasner, VPG chairman, who said that the company stepped up because there was no "vehicle that was American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and wheelchair accessible available anywhere in the world."
There was also a need because converted vehicles are very expensive, Drasner noted. They run upwards of $50,000 to $70,000. "We thought we could put a vehicle through traditional high-volume automobile manufacturing and get it on the streets," he added. "We anticipate that somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 medallions will be issued this year, and I think we'll get the lion's share of that because we're the only one who can produce in volume," Drasner said. The rear-entry Toyota may offer more convenience, but Drasner argued that such a quality limits the place where a passenger using a wheelchair can sit. The MV-1 is designed for the wheelchair user to sit in the right-front seat and the entire vehicle has a gross body weight of 6,800 pounds compared to a traditional minivan's 4,200 pounds. "The MV-1 braking system and suspension is designed to carry a motorized wheelchair and an occupant," Drasner said of the vehicle's durability component. "There's no vehicle made that's designed from the factory to carry a 700- or 800-pound passenger in the right-front seat." In fact, it's the design features that transform the MV-1 from a taxicab into a vehicle that's also suitable for consumer purchase. According to Drasner, the fact that it was designed from the ground up with the target consumer in mind is what makes it unique for those very consumers. "The car was designed for someone who uses a wheelchair. Nobody else can make that claim," he said. "DC has legislation that Kwame Brown, chairman of the city council, has introduced that requires 55 percent of the taxi fleet in DC to be accessible and use compressed natural gas," Drasner said, who added: "Currently, we produce the only compressed natural gas accessible taxi." The MV-1 recently was approved for use in Toronto, and a cab company in Atlanta put the city's first MV-1 on the streets in January. The durable design for taxicab intention makes for a strong option for consumers, Drasner said. No matter the choice, the quality of accessible taxicabs may have gotten a boost in New York thanks to some added competition from the MV-1. "It was designed for the taxi duty cycle, so it should be extremely durable," Drasner said.


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