The competition was exhaustive, but after a two-year process, Nissan won. The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission named the Nissan NY200 as the exclusive taxi for the city of New York. Now, two years later and the vehicles are beginning to roll off the assembly line. Nissan made the announcement on August 29th.
The new taxi is referred to as the 'Taxi of Tomorrow' and has been shown automotive shows in a prototype form for the past two years. Journalists have become adjusted to seeing it and knowing its capabilities. After two years, the bright yellow cabs will be 'on-the-streets' before Christmas.
The 'Taxi of Tomorrow' surpasses the standard Nissan NV200 compact cargo van and is specifically developed to provide for the many demands of over half a million people who use taxicabs in New York City every day.
The famous 'checker' cabs were introduced back in the 1960's, but the last one of those was officially retired in the late 1990's. The new Nissan tax features an abundance of content that was tailored for New York. The company listened to taxi drivers, fleet owners, passengers, and medallion holders for input.
The exclusive and unique New York yellow color is applied during the assembly process at the Nissan Paint Shop in the production line.
Distinctive features with the Nissan 'Taxi of Tomorrow' include sliding doors, entry step, grab handles, transparent roof panel, opening side windows, overhead reading lights, floor lighting, mobile charging station, 12-volt electrical outlet, two USB ports, a flat 'no-hump' passenger floor area, and more.