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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.


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.