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Old 04-04-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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Roomier, safer, and no more fighting over the center seat.
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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.


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 CEO Carlos Ghosn and NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg climb into the new Taxi of Tomorrow.

But city officials ultimately opted for the Nissan NV200, Mayor Michael Bloomberg predicting it will be “the safest and most comfortable taxi ever to hit our streets,” during a Tuesday night news conference where a production version of the Taxi of Tomorrow was unveiled.

At first blush it appears there are plenty of reasons to like the new model, which will begin phasing in next year, though the complete replacement of current New York yellow cabs won’t be completed until 2018, according to the mayor.

Though the exterior dimensions are actually smaller than those of the “Crown Vic” – Nissan suggesting that will collectively save the city five acres of space – the interior is a bit roomier. The NV200 will feature a full 10 inches more legroom – and there’ll be no hump in the middle, which means passengers less likely to fight over who gets stuck in the center seat.

The NV200 will feature better interior lighting and offer charger ports for those with cellphones, iPads or laptop computers. There’ll even be carbon-lined headliners and anti-bacterial floor mats which Nissan claims will help eliminate odors. Passengers will get their own climate control system.


A glass roof will make for more fun for sightseers.

Sliding doors should make it easier – and safer to get in and out. And an all-glass roof will encourage sightseeing, a favorite New York sport.
Meanwhile, each cab will come with a GPS system that should make confusion about addresses “a thing of the past,” according to Bloomberg.
Nissan has also put the NV200 equipped with all the typically taxi equipment through extensive crash tests. Both drivers and passengers will be protected by specially-designed airbag systems.

The Taxi of Tomorrow preview did generate some protests, a small cluster of folks in wheelchairs gathering outside the event chiding Nissan for not making the NV200 handicap-accessible. The maker countered that it will provide a rear entry with a ramp easily negotiated by wheelchairs. But it’s unclear whether that feature will be optional or required on all of the Taxis of Tomorrow.



An NV200 yellow cab in front of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The new Nissan cabs, with their four-cylinder engines, are also expected to be more fuel-efficient than the old V-8-powered Crown Victoria taxis, no small benefit for fleets and individual owners who can log 1000s of miles a week, much of it negotiating stop-and-go city traffic.

Nissan and the city are even discussing the possibility of a future electric drivetrain, likely borrowing the technology used in the maker’s Leaf battery car. How that would work remains to be seen considering the long charging times and relatively limited range of today’s batteries. But, it appears, that planners are looking for ways to take the Taxi of Tomorrow even further into the future.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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More room, less pollution, better gas mileage, this has to be good for the city.
They should go one farther and make the NYC cab a special edition, only sold in NYC/.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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More room, less pollution, better gas mileage, this has to be good for the city.
They should go one farther and make the NYC cab a special edition, only sold in NYC/.
I believe NYC is the only city in the US that requires cabs to be brand spanking new before entering into service..... so that would mean that they essentially are.

I am so glad that this won over the currently available hybrid vehicles option. None of those cars are comfortable as cabs.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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looks like the taxis we have in vegas.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:29 PM   #5
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Man that is pretty ugly, but not as ugly as a worn in Crown Vic.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:32 PM   #6
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Man that is pretty ugly, but not as ugly as a worn in Crown Vic.
I'd rather have my taxi's ugly, roomy & functional than be some low slung car.

I approve. Looks like they're taking cues from the UK Black cabs

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Old 04-04-2012, 05:00 PM   #7
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Why they gotta be black?
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:41 PM   #8
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Why they gotta be black?
Inexpensive paint.

Tradition.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:17 PM   #9
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I dig it. I won't get to ride in one, except as a tourist in the future, though, as it won't be rolled out officially until Fall 2013. (I'm getting the **** out of the NYC area come June 2013 .)
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:21 AM   #10
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Won't see anything decent in my area. Philadelphia and Baltimore, DC all have roiling junk with high fares to end the joke on public.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:38 PM   #11
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London Taxi Intl is the UK's only major high volume british owned car manufacturer now, how sad.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:00 PM   #12
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Inexpensive paint.

Tradition.
That's racist!

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Old 04-05-2012, 01:47 PM   #13
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I approve. Looks like they're taking cues from the UK Black cabs

Sure, but IMO the UK cabs aren't ugly.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:56 PM   #14
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Black cabs are weirdly handsome. Stephen Fry did a BBC documentary series where he traveled to every state in the US (Stephen Fry in America (2008 TV series)) .. in a London Taxi. I thought it was cool.


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They should atleast put hids on that thing.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:35 PM   #16
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They should atleast put hids on that thing.
Oh yeah, put expensive headlights on a car doing battle in Manhattan....a city that's basically completely lit. Yeah, money well spent. It should also have Corbins and DSG with LSD.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:11 AM   #17
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Oh yeah, put expensive headlights on a car doing battle in Manhattan....a city that's basically completely lit. Yeah, money well spent. It should also have Corbins and DSG with LSD.
Its for safety reasons. Even buses/18 wheelers nowaday have them. Great visibility for the driver,safer for the passengers.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:32 AM   #18
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Less pollution in NYC is a good thing, now if they could just get rid of the smell of curry in the cab!!:-P Sorry Nikki.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:57 PM   #19
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Its for safety reasons. Even buses/18 wheelers nowaday have them. Great visibility for the driver,safer for the passengers.
Uh, did you miss the part about these being NYC cabs? Lighting is not an issue in the 5 boroughs. We're not talking about going over unlit mountain passes in the West, but rather about cruising down Amsterdam Ave and not blinding the pedestrians.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:40 PM   #20
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Its for safety reasons. Even buses/18 wheelers nowaday have them. Great visibility for the driver,safer for the passengers.
No its not, then it would be in regulations and mandated.
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:52 PM   #21
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With taxis in NYC being mainly stop and go, it makes me wonder if the 4cyl engine will really be much more efficient than the V8s. I guess it should sip less gas when idling (perhaps they have start stop tech). I assume these Nissans should be made in the USA.
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It certainly is a homely thing.
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Uh, did you miss the part about these being NYC cabs? Lighting is not an issue in the 5 boroughs. We're not talking about going over unlit mountain passes in the West, but rather about cruising down Amsterdam Ave and not blinding the pedestrians.
If these cabs all had hids, the streets of Ny city wouldnt need that much light anyway. Maybe a few in their red district area, and thats it. Save the city money. More money for politicians.

The hids would serve as a warning to pedestrians to gtfo of the way; not to blind them. Or I will run you down!
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If these cabs all had hids, the streets of Ny city wouldnt need that much light anyway. Maybe a few in their red district area, and thats it. Save the city money. More money for politicians.

The hids would serve as a warning to pedestrians to gtfo of the way, and not to blind them. Or I will run you down!
This is a terrible ****ing idea.
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