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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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RE: who can they appeal to, lol
By Jeffk464 on 10/9/2013 2:27:39 PM , Rating: 3
What doesn't make any sense at all is the current V8 sedan taxi cab fleet.


RE: who can they appeal to, lol
By Alexvrb on 10/9/2013 11:33:36 PM , Rating: 2
Do you honestly think taxi cab companies don't have a single bean counter looking at their bottom line? Fuel is only one factor. What about reliability, what about vehicle uptime? If your cab is in the shop for maintenence or repair, it's not on the road making money. Speaking of which, what about maintenence/repair costs and complexity (what can be done in-house or on the cheap, and what requires specialized outside help)? They keep records of everything, they know how much it costs to maintain various fleet vehicles, and their uptime, repair history/costs, etc. I assure you that they keep track of many factors.

In addition, their fleets aren't all V8 sedans (not that number of cylinders linearly corresponds to fuel efficiency anyway). Anything recent is a more fuel efficient, lighter vehicle. In fact, in NYC (which is incredibly corrupt and has taxi laws they only enforce sporadically) taxi cabs have to be on the "approved" (grease the palms) list of vehicles. So only older ones are Crown Vics. Also, if you have a perfectly good fleet of vehicles, does it make economic sense to discard them before they are sufficiently old and worn out? I imagine it makes more sense to keep running them until they're ready for retirement.


RE: who can they appeal to, lol
By flyingpants1 on 10/10/2013 5:11:36 AM , Rating: 2
So what's the actual math here? NYC taxis run 70k miles/year right? Seems like a good candidate for fuel efficiency savings if there ever was one.


RE: who can they appeal to, lol
By mindless1 on 10/10/2013 10:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe if you could just snap your fingers and the vehicles magically turned into different vehicles, your repair parts stock changed as well, and don't forget your mechanics' training (or those at the repair shop you use).

Older vehicle designs are MUCH easier to maintain and repair. Newer ones, half the major stuff within the first two years requires pulling the engine out and many parts are dealer only which usually raises price by over 40%.

If they replace their fleet there's all the above and then factor in the interest on the money spent to buy new vehicles, and higher insurance rates on more valuable vehicles.


RE: who can they appeal to, lol
By flyingpants1 on 10/11/2013 5:23:55 AM , Rating: 2
Well.. they will have to replace the fleet eventually. My question was about fuel savings.


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