Official: New York City approves Nissan as exclusive taxi provider

Article by Christian A., on September 23, 2012

We’ve all heard about New York soon adopting Nissan’s NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” but it’s only now that it has become official. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has made the vote to confirm the Nissan NV200 as its designated taxi starting in October 2013. Nissan had expected that the compact van will get the project, especially as the Ford Crown Victoria taxi has gone out of production.

At the New York auto show earlier this year, Nissan had displayed the NV200 taxi. It comes with a long list of features that are more sophisticated than the present taxi fleet in New Yolk. It was reported that a 2.0-liter inline-four engine will become more fuel-efficient than the V-6 and V-8 mills. The taxis have a “low-annoyance” horns to minimize the noise in gridlocked traffic.

In addition, rear-seat passengers eve have cutain airbags for. The queuing is long for innovations like a skylight so passengers can see the city’s skyline, sliding doors, opening rear windows, separate climate controls for the rear passengers, and USB ports so travelers can charge their gadgets.

The driver will benefit from a standard navigation system and backup camera. The Nissan NV200 is likely to cost companies worth $29,700. After declining those requests, he explained that they chose yellow for the next taxi, saying that designers have gotten several yellow paints that make it easy to repair, yet remain visible in the crowded city.

Every day, more than half a million New Yorkers ride in a taxi – the famous yellow cab that is known all over the world as a moving symbol of New York. Now, passengers, drivers and owners can witness the full prototype of the Taxi of Tomorrow. The Nissan NV200 Taxi was launched at an event in SoHo which was attended by Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York, and Carlos Ghosn, CEO and President of Nissan.

The Taxi of Tomorrow will also be featured in the 2012 International Auto Show to be held also in New York. The auto show will be open for New Yorkers and visitors from different parts of the globe on April 6-15.

Speaking about the Taxi of Tomorrow, Ghosn expressed his gratitude and pride in introducing the Nissan NV200 Taxi. He highlighted Nissan’s reputation and experience in building commercial vehicles as well as the feedback of New Yorkers as the inspiration behind the comfort and innovation of the new Nissan Taxi.

Starting from the late 2013, the Nissan NV200 Taxi has successfully won the bid selection process and was chosen as the taxi of the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Several design institutions, including the Smart Design, the Design Trust for Public Space, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, have also connected with TLC and Nissan with regard to the design of the Nissan Taxi.

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