TGA officially launched a powered folding version of its Minimo scooter at Naidex, which managing director Daniel Stone described as a ‘strong platform’ for the new product.
Footfall was healthy at supplier’s stand and scooter test track where trade and end-users trialled products including the new Minimo Autofold, the WHILL C and the new-look Breeze S4.
The Autofold builds upon the transportable Minimo family and its automated action allows users with limited strength or dexterity to benefit from a lightweight car boot scooter as manual folding is not required.
By activating the mechanism with a key fob and safety pedal, the Minimo Autofold folds into a compact size ready for storage.
Lifting into a car boot is aided by leaning the pneumatic tyres onto a vehicle’s bumper and leveraging with the easy-grip lifting hand.
The ability of the scooter to fold in one complete unit maximises convenience when using cars, public transport, planes and coaches – meeting the growing demand for portable scooters.
Stone said: “Naidex proved to be a strong platform to launch our Minimo Autofold. Visitors were impressed by the new level of support it provides and how it opens up independent mobility to a wider demographic.
“Through the combination of lightweight design and automated folding many more owners with restricted mobility can choose to travel alone or benefit from easier storage and deployment. Freedom is all about maximum convenience – this is what the Minimo Autofold delivers in abundance.”
TGA’s test track featured obstacles to simulate the everyday situations a mobility scooter user may face including road crossings, slopes and reversing scenarios. Test drives of the WHILL Model C powerchair were the most popular, according to the company.
Stone added: “There was a significant buzz in and around our Naidex test track this year as we welcomed individuals with many varying abilities and lifestyles to trial our products. Only by completing a test drive can you truly understand whether a scooter or powerchair is right for your needs.
“Our track was busy throughout the event with visitors test driving TGA products of all sizes from compact Zest models to our stylish WHILL Model C Powerchair and new-look 8mph Breeze S4 with off-road capabilities. By sponsoring and managing the Naidex test track once more we have firmly reiterated our commitment to road safety.”