New York may receive Turkish-built yellow cab

Article by Christian A., on November 20, 2010

Turkish automaker Karsan Otomotiv's model V1 is a top contender in New York City's search for the Taxi of Tomorrow. Karsan Otomotiv shares this honor with Nissan Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co.

The V1 has a futuristic design with a distinctive see-through roof, which allows the passenger to gaze at the skyline. I

n 2007, New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission commenced the Taxi of Tomorrow competition in search for a wheelchair-accessible and fuel-efficient car for an exclusive contract to provide cabs for at least 10 years.

The city has not mentioned how much the contract would be worth. The model V1 features a wheelchair ramp that can reach the curb, which is an advantage. However, the chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commission says it must overcome a lack of experience in producing and selling vehicles in the United States.

Ford's entry, the Transit Connect, is built in Turkey and is a compact van similar to the kind normally found in Europe.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the yellow cab is one of New York City's most iconic symbols and the city needs a kind of taxi that is safer, greener, and more comfortable than the ones used today. [via autonews - sub. required]

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