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If you happen to be visiting or are planning to visit the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, you can take on limited-run offer from Jaguar to experience the so-called Jaguar Race Taxi. This experience involves not an ordinary taxi in an ordinary place. After all, visitors to the Nurburgring will get to tour the whole Nordschleife circuit in a Jaguar XE SV Project 8 with the Track Pack.
For just €199 per lap, clients can enjoy a tour of the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife circuit – all 20.8 kilometers (12.9miles) of it. They can choose to ride the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Race Taxi with Track Pack. Just a fair warning to those wanted to grab this experience: the ride with the Track Pack-equipped Project 8 Race Taxi may not last even 8 minutes. This is because the XE SV Project 8 currently holds the record as the fastest production four-door car to complete a lap in ‘The Green Hell’.
Boasting of being the most extreme performance road-legal Jaguar, the XE SV Project 8 completed a lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in just seven minutes and 21.23 seconds (7:21.23) in November 2017. Riders of the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Race Taxi with Track Pack will enjoy the same thrill. The exhilarating performance and handling of this Race Taxi will be apparent as it cruises through the Nurburgring Nordschleife at speeds exceeding 250 km/h (155 mph). Through the ride, passengers will get to experiences g-forces of over 1.3 g as the XE SV Project 8 Race Taxi with Track Pack maneuvers through the 73 turns of the circuit, especially in the banked Karussell corner where g-forces can reach 1.8 g.Read the entire article Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the latest Race Taxi at Nurburgring Nordschleife
It is quite common to see Mercedes-Benz taxis plying the streets of Germany. Mercedes-Benz E-Class taxi models can be found in almost every taxi stand throughout the country. In fact, three of every five taxis in Germany are Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Mercedes’ dominance in its home country isn't expected to be toppled soon, but Jaguar Land Rover of the United Kingdom is taking its chances with the new Jaguar I-Pace.
While 60 percent of all taxis in Germany being Mercedes E-Class, Jaguar is only sending 10 units of the I-Pace. Likewise, these 10 I-Pace units will only be fielded in the city of Munich, which is the home city of another German premium carmaker – BMW. The Jaguar I-Pace crossover taxis will be fielded in the city by Munich’s largest taxi operator.
In a statement, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth said that the carmaker is inviting people in Munich not just to drive electric vehicles, but also drive Jaguar. He remarked that one of the reasons that Jaguar Land Rover deployed the I-Pace taxis in Munich is the mixed traffic. He remarked that in Munich, the I-Pace will be able experience both city and highway (autobahn) traffics.Read the entire article Ten Jaguar I-Pace taxis to be deployed in Munich, Germany
Taxi commuters in Europe may find themselves getting comfortable in Opel flagship estates – the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer. Yes, the German carmaker now part of the PSA Group is offering its flagship estates as a taxi unit for operators across Europe.
Both the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer have been proven to deliver a spacious and comfortable ride, with the benefit of added elegance and practicality. Now as taxi units, the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer will offer the same high level of passenger comfort and cargo practicality that taxi companies could take advantage of.
Opel is offering the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer as ex-works products. They are joining the carmaker’s ex-work taxi portfolio, which already include the flexible six-passenger Opel Zafira and the large Opel Vivaro van. As ex-work vehicles, the taxi versions of the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer are already modified according to the specs of customer companies before they are picked up.Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer now available as taxis straight from the factory
In the next decade or so, taxis are likely to be replaced by autonomous cars like the new Continental Cube. In fact, companies like Google and Uber are already working on technology that will lead to this scenario.
Continental is known best for their tires, but they are also a major supplier of automotive electrics and systems. Now, they have built the Cube to demonstrate driverless mobility, and to test autonomous systems and technology.
The Cube prototype actually stands for “Continental Urban moBility Experience”. And it is based on the company’s own sensors and control units.Read the entire article Continental Cube Concept will soon be tested as an autonomous taxi
We have seen some pretty cool taxis around before. They may not be common, but we know they exist. It might be a retro Cadillac, perhaps an open-top Range Rover Evoque, or a Ford Crown Victoria. And now, the Lamborghini Huracan? Yup, it is now the world’s fastest taxi.
The Huracan has a 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 engine with a maximum power output of 610 horsepower and a maximum torque of 560 Newton-metres. In just 3.8 seconds, it can run from 0-100 kilometers per hour, with a top speed of 322 kph.
Now, how is this possible, you ask? A UK-based taxi company called Handsome Cabs was able to receive a license from their local council to run a Lamborghini Huracan as a taxi, for restricted use only. So Lincoln residents can finally hire the supercar to get to the mall, parties, prom night, business meeting, and other special occasions. However, it is more likely that residents would hire the car for special events only as it will probably be a little pricey.Read the entire article Lamborghini Huracan is now the fastest taxi in UK
Sorry Uber, but Handsome Cabs taxi company has something no one else can offer - a Lamborghini Huracan that can take their clients from Point A to Point B. This has been made official after the City of Lincoln Council granted a cab license to the Huracan, to make it available for hire if local residents wish to.
The two-door coupe is one of the first supercars to ever be granted a cab license - not just in the UK, but probably elsewhere in the world. This allows customers to order the Huracan for a trip to the train station, the shops, or any mundane errand. But what will be more practical is renting out the Lambo for weddings, business trips, or special occasions.
Handsome Cabs taxi is owned by John Bishop of West Lindsey, and his partner Jamal Parvez. The partners thought it would be something different, and that it would help their company stand out from the rest. They did mention that their target market would mostly be students going to and from proms, and of course, business people going to functions. “We had the idea about a year or so ago, and since then we’ve been determined to make it work”, said Bishop.Read the entire article Lamborghini Huracan Taxi will be available for hire in Lincolnshire
It appears that flying cars will no longer be experienced solely by the Jetsons. That is, if Uber pushes through with the plan. During the early part of the week, Jeff Holden, who is the Chief Product Officer of Uber, disclosed that the company is planning to shake up the taxi industry with the introduction of the flying taxi. Announced during the Uber Elevate Summit held in Dallas, the goal is to make all this possible before the end of this decade.
Holden said that the company plans to release this project by 2020 at both Dubai and Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas. While not exactly cars in a general sense, these flying taxis are in fact small electric aircraft that can take off vertically and land vertically as well. Meaning they can be considered as VTOL, which stands for vertical take-off and landing. Since it is powered by electricity, then there is the expectation that it will have no emissions. Further, they are projected to be quiet enough in order to be operated in urban areas.
As if to heighten the excitement even more, Uber said that the price will only be a bit expensive compared to UberX. In terms of figures, the company estimates that a mile may cost somewhere in the area of $1.32. However Uber believes that the price will likely go down over the long run and could become cheaper than actually owning a car.Read the entire article Uber plans to debut flying taxis by 2020
BYD Co. beat Renault and Nissan to win a tender in Brussels for supplying local operators with 50 electric-powered-taxis. Thirty-four BYD e6 cars were bought by taxi operators in Brussels. Luigi Marrocco, chief executive of Taxis Bleus, remarked that while he would want a European brand than a Chinese one, BYD showed its EV taxis were above those of Nissan and Renault in terms of size, comfort and range.
He disclosed that Taxis Bleus bought 13 BYD e6 cars, one Renault Zoe and three Nissan Leafs.
The taxi company, however, dismissed Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model S as too expensive. Taxis Bleus operates 320 cabs in Brussels. The transaction could be a blow to Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who has been trying to find buyers for its Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf EVs. As for BYD, the number of e6s ordered might be small, but defeating Renault and Nissan in its home region could be a boost.Read the entire article BYD outsells Renault and Nissan in Brussels EV taxi tender
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.Read the entire article Mock Nissan NV200 taxis trick NY commuters and cops
Amsterdam-based Taxi Electric is adding the new 100-percent electric Nissan e-NV200 taxi to its zero-emission fleet, becoming the first private taxi company to do so. The combination of the Nissan LEAF EV and Taxi Electric's city transportation model has been a formula for success since the operation commenced in 2011.
The two companies have partnered again to build on the success of the operation and take the next step forward by introducing the Nissan e-NV200 taxi this summer. Taxi Electric operates a fleet of 25 Nissan LEAF EVs and was the first private taxi service to switch to a fleet of 100-percent electric taxis in November 2011.
Its Nissan LEAF fleet has now accumulated 1.5 million km in taxi operations, evidence of the EV’s high quality and reliability. Andy Palmer, EVP Nissan, remarked that he has been impressed with Taxi Electric’s progress since their launch in 2011, saying that the company was the first to prove that zero-emission taxis -- in the form of Nissan LEAFs -- are a viable alternative.Read the entire article Taxi Electric taps Nissan e-NV200 for its taxi fleet
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.Read the entire article Nissan unveils redesigned NV200 Taxi for London
Ford is set to go global and will begin to sell the Ford Transit Connect Taxi in Hong Kong early next year. A liquefied petroleum gas fuel system created by Ford will be featured on these New Transit Connect vehicles sold in Hong Kong. This system takes advantage of the well-established LPG infrastructure in the country.
This feature is offered on the vehicles available in the U.S. as an option. Ford truck communications manager Mike Levine said that since 2010, Ford has made this option available for the Transit Connect models.
These vehicles can be equipped with a fuel system that can run on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. For the U.S. market, the 2014 model is offered with a $300 factory-installed engine prep package that permits the vehicle to endure the requirements of CNG/LPG fuel.Read the entire article Ford Transit Connect Taxi ready to go global, will arrive in Hong Kong in 2014
The French government will restrict minicab services following protests from taxi drivers. The French government will also add more taxi licenses in Paris to respond to residents’ complaints that they can never find a cab. In a joint statement, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls and Commerce Minister Sylvia Pinel said that minicabs, or car services provided by unmarked vehicles, will have to wait 15 minutes from receiving a reservation to picking up a client.
The minicabs would not be allowed to be hailed on the street. The 15-minute delay, however, would not apply to tourist hotels and to professional trade fairs.
Valls and Pinel said in the statement that the government will add 1,000 taxi licenses for the Paris region, under the condition that the taxis are prepared to work evenings and weekends.Read the entire article France to limit minicab services following protest from taxi drivers
Despite a recent ruling by New York State Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Hagler voiding Nissan Motor Co.'s exclusive taxi fleet provision contract with New York City, the sale of the carmaker's NV200 taxi version will still proceed, with some modifications. While the ruling means that the other taxi cabs will continue to ply the streets of the city, it does not mean that Nissan cannot sell its NV200 van to individuals and fleet owners who opted to acquire them.
Queens-based Nissan dealer Howard Koeppel told Bloomberg News that they have already received their allocation of the NV200 van and have sold five units to individual operators. He said that the Nissan taxis are "good cars."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, under his Taxi of Tomorrow initiative, envisions a uniform fleet of van-like yellow cabs with sliding doors and skylight windows. The city, through the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, has awarded the Japanese carmaker the contract to exclusively provide all taxis for the next 10 years.Read the entire article Nissan NV200 taxis will still be seen in NY but will not be exclusive
Nissan Motor Co. has vowed to continue selling taxis in New York this month despite a ruling by the New York State Supreme Court voiding its exclusive contract with the city. According to New York State Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Hagler, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission "exceeded its authority" by awarding the Japanese carmaker the contract to exclusively provide all taxis for the next 10 years.
Hagler voided the new city rule that would require taxi companies and drivers to buy only the Nissan NV200 van, starting late this month. The multi-year, exclusive deal is part of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Taxi of Tomorrow" concept.
Bloomberg eyes a fleet of thousands of identical, purpose-built taxis serving New York to showcase the city to millions of tourists a year. Nissan has praised the New York contract as the cornerstone of a plan to market high-profile taxis to cities globally.Read the entire article Nissan will still sell taxis in NY despite ruling that scraps exclusive deal
Ford has unveiled the 2014 Transit Connect Taxi, which the carmaker says will be the only taxi to offer an engine prep package for conversion to compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas. The 2014 Transit Connect Taxi boasts of an additional interior space that could be used for cargo or a CNG/LPG tank. The taxi is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
It is available with a $300 factory-installed engine prep package that allows it to run on CNG/LPG fuel before it is converted under Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program, which has members certified by the carmaker to modify vehicles without affecting the factory-set calibrations, according to a Ford spokesman.
Tim Stoehr, commercial truck marketing manager for Ford, said in a statement that they are leveraging their “longtime leadership and expertise in the North American taxi market” to ensure that the Transit Connect Taxi surpasses the expectations of taxi operators and passengers.Read the entire article Ford has unveiled longer and lower 2014 Transit Connect Taxi
More and more taxi companies across Europe are shifting from diesel-powered cabs to zero-emission Nissan LEAF taxis. Taxi companies are not the only ones who are starting to prefer these electric vehicles, but taxi drivers as well. The reason is simple but true – Nissan LEAF taxis boast of lower running costs and fulfill their dream of lower airborne pollution in cities.
Two years after its launch in Europe, Nissan LEAF taxis could now be seen plying the roads of Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In fact, Amsterdam-based Taxi-E has become one of the strongest supporters of Nissan LEAF taxis.
Taxi-E currently owns a fleet of 13 Nissan LEAFs, all of which combined have covered over 700,000 kilometers. The company quick-charges the units two or three times a day using 100 percent green energy, making them always ready to ferry in and out passengers.Read the entire article European taxi companies are shifting to Nissan Leaf
The New York State Supreme Court has ruled that a contract for Nissan to exclusively supply the New York Taxi & Limousine Commission with a taxicab as "null, void and unenforceable." This is primarily because under the contract, New York’s taxi commission was to receive a vehicle that is available as a hybrid, and the Nissan NV200 compact van chosen as the city’s exclusive taxicab and is due to launch in October 2013 is not a hybrid.
Nissan assured New York that it will start building a hybrid version of the NV200 taxi in 2015. But Nissan’s assurance was not enough to persuade New York State Supreme Court Justice Peter Moulton not to nullify the contract. Nissan, however, is unfazed by the development.
Nissan Americas spokesman David Reuter remarked that the New York State Supreme Court ruling does not mean that Nissan's Taxi of Tomorrow contract is nullified. He said the ruling means that New York cab companies and drivers will have to be provided with a plan to opt for a hybrid vehicle at the moment.Read the entire article High court says Nissan-New York taxicab deal is null and void
Nissan has unveiled a wheelchair-accessible NV200 Mobility NY Taxi at the ongoing 2013 New York International Auto Show. The wheelchair-accessible NV200 Mobility NY Taxi is considered a vital part of the carmaker’s "Taxi of Tomorrow" program. Nissan partnered with BraunAbility, an Indiana-based company specializing in wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts, to create a Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi that features a rear-entry ramp and an industry-first integrated restraint system that allows a safe and quick securement of wheelchairs.
The Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi looks and functions like a standard NV200 taxi, but offers mobility functionality.
To set the taxi’s mobility function into place, an operator just needs to flip down the second row seat back and then pull a release handle to tumble the seat forward.Read the entire article Nissan NV200 Mobility NY Taxi unveiled at New York Auto Show
Fully electric Nissan LEAFs have been used by more than 70 taxi drivers in Mexico as part of a pilot program that was launched in 2011. This program aims to show off the technology used on this car. It also demonstrates how the Nissan LEAF functions in different driving conditions in Mexico.
According to Mexico City taxi driver Cristóbal Reynoso, the Nissan LEAF is very easy to drive and is a totally automatic car with no gear shifting required. He described the steering to be “very soft” and also that it has functional mirrors and comfortable cars. In central Mexico City, there are 20 Nissan LEAF taxis.
In addition, there are 50 located in Aguascalientes, another Mexican state. It also has an expanding charging infrastructure to support operations of EV mobility in two locations, which include the first public electric vehicle quick-charging station in Latin America announced in late 2012. Reynoso also said that the drivers’ reaction is highly positive since it’s a new car and there are just 20 LEAFs in Mexico City.Read the entire article Nissan LEAFs have been used by more than 70 taxi drivers in Mexico
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