The vehicle, which is based on the Nissan NV200 van, will go in to active service in 2013
4 April 2012

The Nissan New York ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ has been revealed at the New York motor show.

The vehicle, which is based on the Nissan NV200 van, will go in to active service in 2013, and is expected to replace all of New York’s current taxi fleet by 2018. In total almost 16,000 cabs are on New York’s streets, and all must be replaced at least every five years by law.

See official interior and exterior pictures of the Nissan New York taxi

Changes from the standard NV200 van include a transparent roof and flat floors. The vehicle also has five centimetres more legroom than a Ford Crown Victoria, New York’s most popular taxi at present, and more luggage space.

“This taxi was designed from the inside out and the result is the safest, most comfortable, most passenger-friendly cab to ever ride our streets,” said New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. “For the first time our city will have a cab designed for those who matter most, the passengers and drivers.”

Nissan headed off competition from rivals including Ford to win the 10-year New York taxi contract.

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4 April 2012

“This taxi was designed from the inside out and the result is the safest, most comfortable, most passenger-friendly cab to ever ride our streets,”

to that you could add: 'most characterless and frankly f-ugly.....'

IMO

4 April 2012

I want to go to New York and get in a big, yellow US made saloon car. A 4.6 litre V8 does seem a little excessive but these things must do mega miles driving round looking for fares (why don't they have taxi ranks?) all day long.

I don't want to get in a van shaped Nissan.

4 April 2012

Something about the interior...

It seems Nissan heard that congressman making statement about the Ampera, and they fitted openings for a shotgun.

4 April 2012

Those windows and the wipe clean 'nothing to use as a weapon' interior make it seem like a prisoner transport vehicle! (even has big grab handles to cuff them to)

4 April 2012

Can't picture Travis Bickle saying "You talkin' to me?" in one of those!

4 April 2012

These look awful. What is wrong with a large US-made sedan?

Power to the Crown Vic, I say. It looks as if NY is selling its soul.

4 April 2012

they should just call it a "johnny cab"

4 April 2012

The photograph makes it appear ungainly - they've been around a while, their adoption a coup for Nissan. All that space, the ease of entry, will be a blessing for passengers, and a glass roof means you can actually appreciate the skyscrapers as you travel the city.

4 April 2012

Vehicles like that make me realise we're now living in "the future".

Only problem I can see is that sliding doors are difficult to open and close elegantly. Ask anyone who has taken a Peugeot Partner taxi!

4 April 2012

[quote Dimebar]I want to go to New York and get in a big, yellow US made saloon car.[/quote][quote Dimebar] I don't want to get in a van shaped Nissan.[/quote]

Try telling that to the legislators that insist all public transport and buildings, not just some but all, must be accessible to the disabled in a wheelchair.

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