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Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow Gets Go for Big Apple Debut

First NV200 hacks will hit the street in April.

by on Dec.22, 2014

Nissan has been fleet-testing its NV200 cabs at both its Arizona proving grounds - and in New York.

If you can make it there you can make it anywhere, or so Nissan is hoping as it gets ready to put the first of its NV200-based cabs out onto the sometimes mean streets of New York.

After a long and contentious debate, that included a series of legal challenges, the Big Apple’s Taxi & Limousine Commission has set April 20, 2015 as the start date for its Taxi of Tomorrow program. With only rare exception, most of the current New York cab fleet will have to be replaced when they retire with specially modified Nissan NV200 vans.

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The Japanese maker won a three-way shoot-out three years ago to replace the long-familiar Ford Crown Victoria as the taxi of choice for New York’s big yellow fleet. Proponents claim the new NV200 cab conversion offers a number of advantages, including more room and better visibility for passengers, and improved fuel economy for fleet operators.


New Yorkers Say Turkish Offering Beats Out Nissan, Ford for Taxi of the Future

City expected to make decision later this year on replacement for Crown Vic cabs.

by on Feb.17, 2011

Can a Turkish cab make it in the Big Apple?

For decades, Ford’s aging Crown Victoria has had a virtual lock on the hack business in the Big Apple.  Sure, there’ve been the odd Honda Odyssey vans, Toyota Prius hybrids and even a few Ford Escape SUVs, but the Crown Vic has usually been the cab driver’s car of choice.

Not for much longer, however.  For one thing, Ford is finally pulling the plug on the aged, rear-drive sedan.  But the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a strong proponent of green technology, is looking for a more eco-friendly replacement, and has encouraged a variety of makers, including some quite non-traditional names, to make a bid.

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And now, the results are in from a public poll by the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission – and while some familiar names, such as Ford and Nissan, were on the list, the overwhelming favorite was an until-now unknown Turkish maker, Karsan.