Production Begins on Nissan's "Taxi of Tomorrow" NV200
August 26, 2013 11:46 AM
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Nissan's NV200 Taxi is now being mass-produced at the automaker's assembly plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico
"Taxi of Tomorrow"
model for New York City has finally hit the production stage in Mexico.
Nissan's NV200 Taxi is now being mass-produced at the automaker's assembly plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. It was created to compete in New York's "Taxi of Tomorrow" contest, and won.
Nissan put a lot of time and preparation into the NV200 Taxi such as adding the exclusive New York taxi yellow color to its Paint Shop as well as an afterline for taxi-specific manufacturing processes such as bodylines and side door windows.
Aside from some plant reconfiguration, Nissan also performed extensive testing. The automaker made its own "New York Avenue" at its Arizona proving grounds to imitate conditions of New York City streets -- which allowed Nissan to test the NV200's durability in its harsh conditions. Also, New York City cab drivers were hired to drive the NV200 in NYC, where they drove a total of more than 155,000 miles (enough to cover every street in Manhattan over 300 times).
Now that the NV200 is going into its production phase, the finished product will have features like enough room for four passengers and their luggage; a transparent roof panel for city views; side windows that open; sliding doors with grab handles and an entry step; rear air conditioning; a carbon-lined headliner to neutralize interior odors; durable and antimicrobial seats; mobile charging stations for passengers; overhead reading lights, and a flat passenger floor.
The NV200 will sport a 2.0L 4-cylinder powertrain, 150,000 mile powertrain warranty, low-annoyance horn with exterior lights, a 6-way adjustable driver's seat featuring both recline and lumbar adjustments, hearing loop system for the hearing impaired, driver and passenger intercom system, USB auxiliary audio input and charge port for driver, and safety improvements like front and rear-seat occupant curtain airbags and standard traction control and Vehicle Dynamic Control.
Nissan won the "Taxi of Tomorrow" contest back in May 2011. The retail price (MSRP) will be about $29,000 USD and it will start rolling out in 2014.
The NV200 likely won't be the only Nissan taxi on NYC roads. Back in April of this year, Nissan and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new partnership that put
six electric Leaf taxis into service
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8/26/2013 4:22:52 PM
Welcome to the taxi of tomorrow.
Regarding the use of minivans, not being an American, my guess is that unless there was some sort of legal impediment (e.g. it was against the law) then there are already minivans operating in your city providing a taxi style service, and expect more of them to appear. We have them here in New Zealand where I live providing airport shuttle services and late night taxi services. These are operating under a taxi licence, there are probably others doing a similar thing but not operating under a taxi licence, e.g. hotels providing a service for clients.
For the late night taxi service the driver is completely separate from the passengers, and there is only one passenger door - on the pavement side of the vehicle.
The taxi in the picture does have a door on the driver's side, but it wouldn't surprise me if some taxis were made without that door, or that it could easily be disabled.
8/26/2013 7:32:35 PM
There are plenty of mini-van taxis in the US. I have flown into Orlando, New Orleans and Houston and many of the taxis there are mini-vans for certain.
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