Nissan's new London taxi is '50 per cent more fuel efficient' than current London cabs and could save cabbies £1000 per year in fuel bills

This is the NV200, Nissan’s take on the classic London black cab which will go on sale in 12 month’s time. The new vehicle aims to both finally break the hold the classic LTI taxi has on the market and dramatically undercut the new Mercedes black cab on price.

Powered by a 1.5-litre, Euro V, diesel engine in either 90bhp or 110bhp guises, the new cab will be priced from £28,000. In manual transmission form, the NV200 is claimed to offer "50 per cent" better economy than today’s most economical London cab, which is expected to translate into a figure of around 42mpg. Nissan is also working on an automatic version of the new cab.

Nissan claims that this engine will save the average London cabbie about £1000 per year in fuel as well as seeing a significant reduction in particulate pollution. This is seen as essential by London Mayor Boris Johnson, because London blacks cabs travel around 230 million miles per year and, although there are only 22,000 black cabs on the road, they are responsible for 20 per cent of the particulate pollution in the capital.

Nissan will also begin testing an all-electric, battery-powered, version of this London cab in 2013. Nissan says it was inspired to break into the British market for London cabs after winning the competition to supply the new-generation taxi for New York, which is also based on the NV200 van.

Competition in the London cab market has been strictly limited because of the regulation that requires cabs to have a tight 25ft turning circle. Nissan has managed to achieve this in a front-drive vehicle by re-engineering the front suspension.

Bolted to the bottom of the NV200’s McPherson strut is a similar ‘wishbone’ attachment to that used on Vauxhall’s HiPer strut. The drive shaft is split into two, with a second universal joint mounted on the lower wishbone. This means the drive shaft attached to the front wheel is very short, allowing the wheels to turn to a much more acute angle than conventional front-drive vehicles can manage. This set-up means that the front track is now about 200mm wider than on the donor NV200 van.

Features include twin sliding doors to boost passenger access, and a ramp into the rear to enable easy wheelchair access.

Nissan sources say that they expect the normal UK-wide market for London cabs to significantly expand from today’s annual volumes of between 2000 and 3000 per year. New scrappage rules aimed at taking the most polluting vehicles off the market come into force in London. At the end of this month, any black cab over 15 years old will no long be able to be licenced for use.

 

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6 August 2012

I don't see how they'll sell more than three of these if it only comes as a manual. Have they been in London traffic?

6 August 2012

I own a London taxi fleet, does this meet the conditions of fitness? If it only comes in manual no one will buy it. The best London cabs are the Fairways and TX1's which have the Nissan 2.7 engine.

6 August 2012

School boy@

And you don't think they would have done there homework?, if you own a Taxi fleet in London,why don't you E-mail them?, they must have talked too Boris and his crew?, i'm sure his David-ness (Mr.Cameron to you and me)would know something too, of course there will be an auto,besides, isn't this what they run in NewYork?.

Peter Cavellini.

12 October 2012

If you own a London Taxi Fleet you will know how dirty & thirsty your Tx1 & fairway are. !!

THis new Nissan meets all the Conditions And has been approved at the yard. Its called progress and if youve not tried it dont knock it

I would rather trust Nissan than a steering component supplied by Geery !!!!!

PS when have you read about an electric TX4 ???

6 August 2012

Really Nissan, come on. Have you looked at a London Cab? 

The reason London cabs work is because they are spacious, are flexible with respect to luggage stowage and passenger seating, and passengers can get in an out of them quickly (example: luggage is stowed at the same time as you enter, meaning no dealing with putting luggage in a boot, thus saving time). 

You've just served us a Vannette van thing with a floor that's too high, seats that I bet are  probably inflexible and are stadium-like. With luggage in a separate boot. 

Mechanically it might be right on the money, but if you've got the layout wrong (as I suspect you have) it will fail. 

 

6 August 2012

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Really Nissan, come on. Have you looked at a London Cab? 

The reason London cabs work is because they are spacious, are flexible with respect to luggage stowage and passenger seating, and passengers can get in an out of them quickly (example: luggage is stowed at the same time as you enter, meaning no dealing with putting luggage in a boot, thus saving time). 

You've just served us a Vannette van thing with a floor that's too high, seats that I bet are  probably inflexible and are stadium-like. With luggage in a separate boot. 

Mechanically it might be right on the money, but if you've got the layout wrong (as I suspect you have) it will fail.

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Its made for the American market... it has the room.

6 August 2012

AutoChomp wrote:

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 passengers can get in an out of them quickly

I, at 6ft3'', have a really hard time getting in and out of a LTI taxi, usually having to do so on my hands and knees or hitting the door frame with my head and/or back.

The reason London cabs "work" is that people in this Country are obsessed with "traditional" things (separate hot and cold water taps, anyone?), regardless of functionality.

6 August 2012

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Its made for the American market... it has the room.

Really? I have been in countless Crown Vics and whilst I love them for being big, heavy, soft-riding American tanks, spacious they are not. In fact, their space efficiency is absolutely shocking - for such a long vehicle, it is appalling that I can barely get my sized-11 feet in behind the front seat.

The boot is big but is ludicruosly shallow. 

Much as I like my Yank Tanks and hate Toyotas, I have to admit after riding in countless cabs in Chicago and New York that a Prius has much better use of space. 

I'll reseve my final judgement on this Nissan thing until I see it, but I think they have probably missed the point here. 

7 August 2012

I meant the NV200 not the Crown Vic... Sure the Crown Vic was made for US market but it is a seriously old car that has just been facelifted over the years. Terrible car in every way bar repair costs.

12 October 2012

YES ! in great detail !!

Floor height similar Seats proven in taxis accepted all over UK Luggage compartment in same area as Tx4/2 Fairway AS for flexibility Rear seats are tracked and can be moved for either bigger wheelchairs SIDE LOADING or no wheelchair lots of luggage  Have you ever tried to carry 5 passengers & 5 airport size suitcases in a "London" cab

Until you try A Nissan Dont knock it At least its 21st Century

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