Official: New York City approves Nissan as exclusive taxi provider

Article by Christian Andrei, 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.

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