Nissan has unveiled the new face of its NV200 Taxi for London. Based on the multi-purpose NV200 platform, Nissan first unveiled the NV200 taxi in August 2012 as a bold and exciting new vision for the famous London Hackney Carriage. Following feedback from the London Mayor’s office, Transport for London and other key organizations, Nissan redesigned the taxi to better reflect the iconic black cab, making it instantly recognizable.
Nissan Design Europe (NDE) was tasked for developing and redesigning the NV200 Taxi for London, which will be launched in December 2014. It will be powered by a 1.6-liter petrol engine paired to an automatic transmission. Nissan plans to introduce a zero emission electric version of the NV200 taxi in 2015.
Nissan already has some history in London taxi market, with its 2.7-liter TD27 diesel engine powering the FX4 ‘Fairway’ and TX1 black cabs in the 1980s and '90s, gaining a reputation for reliability and durability. In developing the NV200 Taxi for London, Nissan made sure that the vehicle complies with the stringent regulations governing Hackney Carriages, like the required 25-foot (7.6-meter) turning circle.
The NV200 Taxi for London is part of Nissan’s global taxi program that is also being implemented in New York, Barcelona and Tokyo. The design of the Taxi for London is customized to reflect the rich heritage and status of city’s iconic black cabs. Nissan is developing a 100-percent electric taxi – the e-NV200 – that could be seen plying the streets of London years as early as 2015, before the Mayor’s 2020 target.