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Courts Sideline NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow

Mayor broke the rules in awarding contract to Nissan.

by on Oct.09, 2013

A Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow cruising in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently didn’t play fair when it came to choosing the next generation of vehicles that would pick up fares across the Big Apple.

One of the billionaire mayor’s signature plans was to replace all of New York’s existing taxi fleet with a customized version of the Nissan NV200.  The van won a much publicized shoot-out sponsored by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission that, in the final round, pitted Nissan against Ford and a start-up manufacturer from Turkey.

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But the plan was tossed out by the Manhattan Supreme Court which ruled that Bloomberg and the commission blithely ignored a key line in New York’s city charter which had been revised to require that all future cabs be equipped with hybrid powertrains.

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Nissan Looks for Big Niche With Small NV 200 Van

Food truck anyone?

by on Feb.08, 2012

Nissan's newest commercial truck, the NV 200, makes its Chicago Auto Show debut.

Cupcakes to go?  How about some macaroni and cheese?  The food truck at the corner of the Nissan stand suggested just one of the reasons why the Japanese maker is optimistic about the opportunities for its new NV 200 van, which is getting its U.S. preview at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

Even after loading in a mobile kitchen, 4-wheel restaurants can be put on the road for less than $75,000, a company spokesman told TheDetroitBureau.com, potentially positioning Nissan to take advantage of the food truck boom sweeping the U.S. market.

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Of course, there are plenty of other applications the maker hopes to take advantage of, said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America Inc., including New York’s huge cab fleet as a result of the maker winning the city’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition.

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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.”

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Nissan Named NY’s Taxi of Tomorrow

Japanese maker overcomes challenge from Ford and Turkish challenger.

by on May.04, 2011

Nissan's Taxi of Tomorrow - a modified NV200.

After years of dominating the New York taxi fleet Ford Motor Co. will soon be driving off into the sunset. The domestic maker lost to Nissan in a shoot-out to determine who will become the Big Apple’s taxi of tomorrow.

The decision, which will see thousands of yellow Nissan NV200 vans roaming the streets of America’s largest city, was announced by the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission, along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Nissan Americas CEO Carlos Tavares.

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“Nissan is proud to provide the next generation of taxis for the City of New York,” said the Nissan executive. “The NV200 taxi will give Nissan the opportunity to showcase our dedication to vehicle quality and urban mobility to more than 600,000 passengers every day.”

The deal, worth an estimated $1 billion over the next decade, could eventually lead to the complete replacement of the current NY hack fleet, which currently consists of 16 different models, from the once-ubiquitous Ford Crown Victoria to Honda minivans and Ford Escape Hybrids.

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