A change is coming to New York’s taxi scene in 2013 with the entry of the Taxi of Tomorrow, which has debuted at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Visitors to the show can now see the Taxi of Tomorrow’s first full vehicle prototype. The global debut of the 2014 Nissan NV200 taxi took place at a special event in SoHo. In attendance were New York City officials as well as Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn.
After this event, the prototype can then be viewed from April 6 to 15 at the Jacob Javits Center. Ghosn said that the company takes pride in presenting a new era of urban mobility to New York with the launch of the Taxi of Tomorrow at New York City – the Nissan NV200 Taxi. He added that Nissan drew on its worldwide experience in commercial vehicles.
It also considered the insight of New York City taxi drivers and passengers who aided in choosing what to improve in the cabs. What the Nissan taxi offers to the around 600,000 taxi riders in New York each day is an innovative car that’s very comfortable too.
The process that New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission used to choose what will be the exclusive taxi of New York City was rigorous and lasted two years.
The commission made the announcement in May 2011. It stated that beginning in late 2013, the Nissan NV200 Taxi would be the model used as taxis in the city exclusively. Also contributing to the design of this vehicle are the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Design Trust for Public Space and Smart Design.
What they were in agreement of was that the taxi has to be extremely durable. Over 13,000 taxis will be driven for a cumulative 500 million miles each year. Nissan has been supplying taxis to many municipalities around the globe. Before Nissan offers the Nissan NV200 Taxi for sale, it will be subjected to significant validation testing as well crash-testing with the taxi equipment already installed (such as the partition).
Mayor Bloomberg emphasized this detail during the May 2011 announcement. Nissan has teamed up with the Braun Corp. (the leading manufacturer of automotive mobility products in the world) on its development, engineering, and production in order to attain a creative solution for a wheelchair-accessible taxi in New York. New York taxi medallion holders are guaranteed to get a mobility solution, which is made possible by the collaboration between Nissan and Braun.