Detroit may be a long way from London, but the motor show presented the first opportunity to quiz Nissan’s product chief Andy Palmer on the new Taxi for London.

It’s fair to say reaction to the look of the NV200-based model, which was unveiled last week, has been mixed. Palmer, tongue slightly in cheek, said it was “beautiful”, before making the key point that it looks as it does “because you recognise it as a cab”.

“We tried to create something reminiscent of a London Taxi,” said Palmer. “We talked to cabbies with Mercedes Vitos and they don’t get hailed as people don’t recognise them as taxis.

“That’s why it was important for our taxi to be recognised as a taxi; there’s no Nissan badge for instance so people won’t assume it’s a car.”