Nissan debuts its 2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi — Manhattan’s Taxi of Tomorrow — to the press this week at the New York Auto Show, which opens to the public April 6.
After a two-year competitive bid process, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission selected the NV200 as the exclusive taxi of New York City starting late in 2013. Nissan and the taxi commission, along with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Design Trust for Public Space and Smart Design, collaborated on the vehicle.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg called it the “safest, most comfortable and most convenient taxi the city has ever had.” With 600,000 New Yorkers jumping into cabs each day, it had better be.
Standard interior features include room for four passengers and their luggage, sliding doors with entry step and grab handles, transparent roof panel offering nifty city views, side windows that open, independently controlled rear air conditioning, Active Carbon Lined headliner to help minimize that taxi funk, overhead reading lights and floor lights, mobile charging station including 12-volt electrical outlet and two USB ports and a flat, no-hump passenger floor area. Stimulated leather upholstery is breathable, antimicrobial, durable, environmentally friendly and easy to clean.
The cab is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and pre-wired for a taxi T-PEP system (for Taxicab Passenger Enhancements Project, which includes debit card/credit card function in the rear of the cab, passenger information monitor , and trip sheet automation.
It also features a low-annoyance horn complete with exterior lights that come on when the horn is being used.
The Taxi of Tomorrow will cost $29,700 US. There are currently 13,000 taxis on New York roads, together logging 800 million kilometres a year.