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This could block the widespread launch of Nissan's NV200

Only weeks away from launch, New York City's "Taxi of Tomorrow" program has been rejected by the state Supreme Court in Manhattan. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, the court ruled that the "Taxi of Tomorrow" program was an "overreach" of authority. 

"Simply stated, the power to contract and compel medallion owners to purchase the Nissan NV200 from Nissan for ten years does not exist in the City Charter," Justice Shlomo Hagler wrote in his decision.

Earlier this year, taxi magnate Evgeny Freidman and the Greater New York Taxi Association filed a lawsuit against New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) in an effort to put a stop to the program, which would require most new taxis to be the Nissan NV200.

The "Taxi of Tomorrow" program was first outlined in 2007 and announced in 2011. It aimed to replace the old Crown Victoria taxis with greener, more convenient versions. The Nissan NV200 took first place, and manufacturing began in Mexico in August 2013. 

The NV200 sports 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.

The program rules requiring most new taxis to be the Nissan NV200 was to take effect on October 28, but the latest ruling is throwing a wrench into those plans.

"We believe the Court's decision is fundamentally wrong, and we intend to appeal immediately," said Michael A. Cardozo, NYC's corporation counsel. "It was well within the TLC's authority to authorize the Taxi of Tomorrow."

Nissan's contract with TLC would allow it to get design and production costs back if the project is cancelled by the city, and the automaker estimated those costs at about $50 million.

"We are disappointed in the court's decision, but it will not prevent our plan to start upgrading the NYC taxi fleet with the Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow at the end of the month," said a Nissan spokesperson.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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By GodMadeDirt on 10/9/2013 9:01:45 AM , Rating: -1
First! LOL @ low-annoyance horn.

This is one of the many reasons I wouldn't move back there.

RE: 1rd
By Flunk on 10/9/2013 10:23:35 AM , Rating: 2
You prefer to be annoyed?

RE: 1rd
By Morawka on 10/9/2013 10:33:01 AM , Rating: 2
i prefer to know a horn when i hear one, not something that sounds like someones ring tone or text alert.

RE: 1rd
By jimbojimbo on 10/9/2013 10:57:30 AM , Rating: 2
Live in a city for a while and you'll hate them especially considering the fact if you hear a taxi's horn it's not to avoid an accident. It's almost always because they're frustrated and thinking traffic will magically clear up if they honk. Good riddance.

RE: 1rd
By euler007 on 10/9/2013 11:12:00 AM , Rating: 2
Speaking as someone that lives on a 15th floor, I don't need to hear a horn form a car that's a mile away.

RE: 1rd
By crimsonson on 10/9/2013 11:14:44 AM , Rating: 2
Considering the high density of automobiles and tourist pedestrians and residence and business in the streets of Manhattan, does it make sense to you to have fog horns?

Think about it for a second.

RE: 1rd
By Jeffk464 on 10/9/2013 2:24:15 PM , Rating: 2
You prefer to be annoyed

I go through my life completely annoyed

RE: 1rd
By boeush on 10/10/2013 8:06:46 PM , Rating: 2
I was born annoyed.

I'll probably be even more annoyed at dying...

RE: 1rd
By flyingpants1 on 10/10/2013 4:34:35 AM , Rating: 1
Hahahahaha the dumbest comment I've ever seen

RE: 1rd
By Warwulf on 10/10/2013 3:18:36 PM , Rating: 2
I, for one, want to know what exactly constitutes a "low annoyance horn".

I'm picturing an Englishman jumping out of your trunk... "Cheerio, good fellow. Would you mind kindly moving along as the traffic robot has already been illuminated green for an inordinate period of time."

RE: 1rd
By boeush on 10/10/2013 8:08:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's probably a built-in electroshock device in the steering wheel, that gives the taxi driver a nice and escalating jolt if they hit the horn more than once a minute...

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