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Yo, Taxi! New Yorkers Get Their First Look at the “Taxi of Tomorrow.”

Roomier, safer, and no more fighting over the center seat.

by on Apr.04, 2012

Nissan's new Taxi of Tomorrow in Times Square.

It’s as iconic a symbol of New York as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and street vendors selling hot dogs.  But over the next several years the Big Apple’s classic yellow cab will get a decidedly different look.

No, it’ll stay as yellow as the mustard on those hot dogs, but starting in 2013 hack fleets will began phasing out the aging Crown Victoria and other recent cab models, replacing them with the so-called “Taxi of Tomorrow.”  That’s another way of saying a customized version of the Nissan NV2000.

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The Japanese maker won a three-way shoot-out last year that pitted it against Ford’s planned cab replacement, the Escape crossover, and another entry from a small firm in Turkey that proved especially popular with New York cab customers.


NY Approves Use of Nissan Altima, Ford Transit Connect Taxis

Makers also plan to test viability of pure battery-electric cabs.

by on Jul.22, 2011

The Ford Transit Connect will go into service on the streets of NY, next year, as will the Nissan Altima.

Fuggedabout about the “Taxi of Tomorrow.”  New Yawkers want to know what they’ll be hailing when they get off work today.  And, it seems, the list of vehicles going into the Big Apple’s taxi fleet is about to grow a bit larger.

Authorities at the New York Taxis and Limousine Commission, or TLC, have given their approval to Nissan to start striping yellow paint on its Altima sedan, while Ford has gotten the go-ahead for converting the Transit Connect van – which is already proving popular with taxi fleets in other parts of the country.

The new offerings will fill the void that’s opening up now that Ford has ended production of the long-running taxi-of-choice, the Crown Victoria.

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“For decades, Ford has been synonymous with New York City taxis, and we are pleased residents and tourists now will benefit from our next-generation vehicle,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “We have Transit Connect Taxis in service across the country, and people tell us they love its spaciousness and its fuel efficiency.”