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New York to replace taxi fleet with Nissan NV200s

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Khatir Soltani
No city in the United States has more taxis than New York, where they represent the transportation method of choice.

Japanese automaker Nissan won an important battle today, becoming New York’s official taxi provider and beating out Ford and Turkish manufacturer Karsan.

In 2013, a modified version of the NV200, usually destined for commercial use, will become the Big Apple’s only taxi cab.

Photo: Nissan

All units, whose suggested retail price is 29,000 USD, will be built in Mexico and feature a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that will reduce both the fleet’s fuel consumption and harmful emissions.

It will accommodate four passengers and their luggage without sacrificing comfort. Passengers will have a view of the skyline through a panoramic sunroof.

A variety of niceties will enhance the transport experience, such as reading lamps, independent rear air conditioning and leather-like antimicrobial material.

Even the horn has been modified to sound less aggressive and help reduce noise pollution. If you’ve ever been to New York, you know this is a good thing.

Because 13,000 taxis will travel 804,670,000 km annually, Nissan will train the various taxi operators on the use of the NV200 and be available to repair any defective vehicle as quickly as possible.

The automaker will also provide six LEAFs as well as charging stations to demonstrate their potential in this thick urban jungle.

Photo: Nissan

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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