Disabled motorists in the UK will have the chance to see two exclusive new cars at The Big Event in Manchester this month. It’s the first time ever that the brand new Vauxhall Astra and SEAT Ateca will be on display at a disability event in the UK. The largest event of its kind, The Big Event, hosted by the Motability Scheme, returns to Manchester’s EventCity on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2016 and gives disabled motorists and their families the chance to explore their motoring options with the Motability Scheme.

SEAT’s first ever SUV, the Ateca, will be on display at The Big Event in Manchester giving disabled motorists the chance to interact with the first edition before its official showroom launch in September 2016. The new model offers 510 litres of boot space in its standard configuration with reclining, split-folding rear seats as well as electrically adjustable folding door mirrors and rear parking sensors. With updated technology and SEAT’s ‘Full Link’, disabled motorists have access to the benefits of voice control and Bluetooth audio streaming as well as a hands-free system.

The new Vauxhall Astra will also be on display at the event and comes complete with Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge system which includes 4G Wi-Fi, traffic sign recognition, lane assist, front and rear parking sensors and calls to the emergency services in the event of an accident. With foldable rear seats that split into a 40:20:40 pattern, there is plenty of room and flexibility in the back of the car.

In addition to these exclusives, The Big Event in Manchester will showcase the largest display of vehicles for disabled people in the UK including more than 120 cars from around 30 of the leading manufacturers, over 25 Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and 40 scooters and powered wheelchairs, as well as products from 15 adaptation suppliers. Visitors to The Big Event have the opportunity to take to the wheel and test drive a huge range of cars alongside a professional driving instructor. Many of the test drive vehicles are fitted with the most popular driving adaptations available on the Motability Scheme allowing visitors to test out what works best for their needs.

Free to attend and with free parking for all visitors, the flagship two day event kicks off the Motability Scheme’s programme of One Big Day events across the UK throughout the summer.

Find out more about The Big Event online at motability.co.uk/thebigevent and for the latest announcements, pictures and videos, visit the ‘Motability Events Facebook page (facebook.com/motabilityevents).

For more information on leasing a car, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme, visit motability.co.uk or call 0800 953 7000.