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Nissan Chosen as the Taxi of Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
The Nissan NV200 van, a light commercial vehicle already in use in Asian and European markets, has won the city’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Tuesday. And while the vehicle resembles a family minivan, it promises comforts geared toward a more urban creature.

The vehicle will have a transparent glass roof, interior floor lighting, a deployable entry step, exterior lights that flash when the van’s doors open, and independent, passenger-controlled climate controls.

 

 Nissan Taxi.
A rendering of the new New York City taxi designed by Nissan.

Yet the choice of the Nissan represents something of a culture shock to New Yorkers more accustomed to a traditional sedan made by an American manufacturer.

The Nissan model, which can potentially be converted to an all-electric engine, beat out contenders from Karsan, a Turkish company that submitted a stylish, amenity-laden design, and Ford, which builds the fleet’s current mainstay, the venerable Crown Victoria.

The competition was set up to award a single manufacturer with an exclusive 10-year contract to provide all 13,000 yellow cabs in the city. The first of the new cars were expected to be rolled out by the fall of 2014, and would eventually make up the entire fleet as older models wear out and are replaced.

The Nissan model does not offer wheelchair accessibility as a standard feature, unlike the Karsan model, which earned plaudits from disability advocates. The Nissan was also considered by some as a fairly prosaic design, but city officials said they were looking for a manufacturer that could confidently promise reliable service and support over the life of the contract.

The Karsan model was rejected after officials decided they could not risk awarding the contract to a company with little experience in the American market. And the Ford submission, the Transit Connect van, was viewed as problematic and uninspired.

Nissan plans to build the new vans in North American plants.

(The New York Times)

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