Mock Nissan NV200 taxis trick NY commuters and cops

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 24, 2014

Nissan NV200 vans dressed up as yellow New York taxis to ferry visitors and VIPs city during the New York Auto Show looked so similar to the real thing that police officers wanted to issue their drivers some tickets. As snow and rain fell on Manhattan streets, a number of commuters caught glimpse of the mock taxis and hailed them, but to no avail.

Drivers of the Nissan NV200 taxis – which were also exhibited at the New York auto show -- had to keep apologizing to people hailing them, telling them that their units are not real taxis, so they can’t pick them up. The last straw came when one mock taxi driver declined to wait his turn in the taxi queues at the airport, compelling a policewoman to approach him.

Again, the driver had to tell that the Nissan NV200 van he was driving was not a real taxi. A court voided in October 2013 Nissan’s billion-dollar “Taxi of Tomorrow” contract with New York City, but that failed to deter Nissan to continue selling its cabs in the city. The carmaker’s officials believe taxi operators still want its NV200 taxi, which was designed to meet the New York’s contract requirements.

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