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July 2, 2015
Ex-Serviceman Sets Hill Climb Record in Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Nissan

Amid all of the noise and smoke at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a very different type of course record was set, as Lionel O’Connor became both the first, and the fastest person ever to complete the famous hillclimb in a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

In 2006 Private O’Connor was serving with the Royal Anglians in Iraq when his vehicle was caught in a huge explosion, killing two of his colleagues. Lionel was severely injured, losing his left leg as a result. At the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lionel made history to become the very first wheelchair user in the 23 years of the event to complete the iconic hill climb course as a passenger aboard a wheelchair accessible Brotherwood vehicle, piloted by Goodwood regular and former Nissan BTCC racing driver Andy Middlehurst.

May 28, 2015
Brotherwood to Exhibit at Goodwood Festival of Speed, 25th – 28th June 2015

Brotherwood are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting a range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles for the first time ever at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed, from the 25th – 28th June 2015 as part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations.

April 1, 2015
Brotherwood Mourn 'Founding Inspiration', John Lambert MBE

It is with great sadness that we mourn the death on Friday, 27 March 2015, of John Lambert MBE, a very close friend and founding inspiration of Brotherwood Automobility. He was a C-5 quadriplegic, paralysed from the neck down, and had been in a wheelchair for 34 years.

March 23, 2015
Go Green With Envy: The UK’s First Electric Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle From Brotherwood®

In 1985 Brotherwood Automobility revolutionized transport for disabled people across the UK, by re-engineering Nissan Prairie to carry a wheelchair seated passenger, whilst blending seamlessly with the other cars on the road - unlike the ‘Pope-mobile’ style conversions prevalent at the time. In turn Brotherwood pioneered a new method of wheelchair accessible vehicle manufacture which has often since been imitated, but never bettered. 

30 years later the Dorset-based company has set yet another first for wheelchair passenger transport, teaming with Nissan again with the launch of the Brotherwood Envy: The UK’s first Fully Electric Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle, based on the Nissan eNV-200 Combi. The Brotherwood Envy marks yet another milestone for the pioneering company which was also the first to create a wheelchair passenger ‘up-front’ Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), and also the first to achieve Low Volume Type Approval for a wheelchair car conversion.

March 19, 2015
Brotherwood Automobility Ltd donate computers to Thornford Primary School

Brotherwood Automobility Ltd, Beer Hackett, recently replaced its computers. Rather than dispose of its former IT equipment it decided to donate it to Thornford Primary School.

The company invited the school children along to the business to collect the donated equipment and learn about technology in the work place.

March 2, 2015
Back by Popular Demand - Kia Sedona Gold Label Exclusive Edition

The Kia Sedona Gold Label is one of our most popular ever wheelchair accessible vehicle conversions, offering luxury up-front wheelchair travel, with huge interior room and a smooth, refined drive.

For a  limited period we are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of newly-converted Sedona Gold Labels - our final Exclusive Edition.

December 18, 2014
Brotherwood Announce 5-Year WAV Conversion Warranty

Brotherwood have long been renowned as producers of the highest quality wheelchair accessible vehicle conversions, with a heritage of engineering spanning 30 years. Regarded as the market leader in quality, the Dorset-based company has now confirmed their faith in the outstanding durability of their product, offering an industry-leading 5-year, 100,000 mile conversion warranty on the popular VW Caddy Goodlife, Morelife and new Ford Carete Tourneo Connect models when purchased by retail customers.

November 11, 2014
Brotherwood Announce Ford Carete Motability Pricing

Brotherwood are pleased to announce the highly anticipated Motability Advance Payments for our popular new Ford Tourneo Connect WAV, delivering the popular Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle from just £5,995 to Motability customers via the 5-year Contract Hire scheme.

September 25, 2014
PAS 2012-1:2012 Accreditation For Caddy Life

Brotherwood are pleased to announce that our Volkswagen Caddy Goodlife and Morelife models have been granted PAS-2012 accreditation.

August 22, 2014
Brotherwood® Connect With Excellence With New Ford Model

Brotherwood Automobility are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new model of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle, based on the new Ford Tourneo Connect, which brings a host of innovative and unique safety and comfort features to the disabled motoring sector.