Final assembly of Nissan's new NV200 Taxi for London will be undertaken by ADV Manufacturing in Coventry at a dedicated new plant.
The joint investment deal between ADV Manufacturing and Nissan is worth £6 million. New taxis, based on donor NV200s sourced from Nissan's Barcelona plant, are due to start leaving the Coventry site in December.
ADV Manufacturing's work on a new site adjacent to its existing factory will include equipping the NV200 with "new bodywork, a taxi interior refit and revised suspension and steering", according to Nissan.
Nissan chief planning officer Andy Palmer confirmed the deal in a speech to Coventry University students. The firm revealed that ADV was chosen "on the basis of its expertise and track record in the production of specialist vehicles, and on its ability to meet Nissan’s rigorous manufacturing standards".
The new Taxi for London, unveiled in the capital earlier this month, is claimed to have a number of advantages over the traditional TX4 London cab, including notably lower running costs and a level of reliability "that comes from being derived from a global mainstream vehicle" rather than a low-production bespoke vehicle, according to Nissan.
The NV200 Taxi for London follows similar NV200-based taxis for New York, Tokyo and Barcelona. It will initially be offered in 1.6-litre petrol form with an all-electric version to follow in 2015.
The design of the taxi includes several nods to the classic black cab, including in its chrome-heavy front grille and round headlamps – the latter units taken from Nissan’s Juke model, although there’s no Nissan badge on the front.