This is convoluted, but bear with me. You may have noticed that Nissan has grafted a London taxi-esque grille and headlight ensemble to the front-end of its NV200 van-based London cab.

It’s a sensible attempt to make the beast’s mission more obvious as it plies the city streets, and was asked for both by cabbies, the London Mayor’s office and Transport for London after Nissan had shown a plainer version of its taxi last year.

These days most of us have got over the fact that London’s black cabs have been made by an outfit headquartered in China, or that black Mercedes Vianos are also doing the job, and rather more comfortably than the inflated, Noddy-like LTI TX1, which rides even more suddenly than the Fairway FX4 predecessor whose style inspired it.

Nissan has links with both these cabs, having supplied impressively hardy 2.7 litre diesel engines for them over the past 25 years.