The taxi cab fleet that serves New York City will be looking quite different than what you’re used to very soon. Nissan has announced that it had reached an agreement with New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to replace the Ford Crown Victoria and Toyota Camrys that has been in service for years with the NV200 taxi van. This agreement will go into effect late next year, making the Nissan the go-to cab for the foreseeable future.
As part the new deal, the NV200 taxi van will reduce the amount of carbon emissions emitted and get better fuel economy than the ones it’s replacing. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powers New York City’s new taxis, and it and will also feature more leg and cargo room than the outgoing Crown Vics and Camrys. Other features include a sliding door, making it less likely you’ll strike a pedestrian when getting in or out, and opening side windows. Some of the new taxis will also feature wheel-chair accessibility thanks to a partnership with Braun Corporation. A mobility solution for medallion holders will also be in place when the vans go on sale next year.
An active carbon lined headliner reduces interior odors, and passengers can control air conditioning in the back seats. A low-annoyance horn has also been implemented and when used, the exterior lights flash to show when the horn is being used so pedestrians can easily see oncoming traffic.
The 2014 Nissan NV200 taxi van is also the first of its kind to be crash tested when fully-outfitted in all of the equipment used during a usual shift. Both front and rear passengers have curtain airbags and there are also seat-mounted airbags in the front as well. Both traction and stability controls are standard on the new NV200 taxi van. The new taxis will be built at Nissan’s assembly facility in Cuernavaca, Mexico and will have a starting price of $29,700.
Besides being a completely new vehicle to haul people around in, the 2014 Nissan NV200 taxi van will also be sporting a brighter shade of the normal yellow you’re accustomed to seeing now. Yellow wasn’t the first choice of designers at Nissan, however.
“We actually started first to check and see if there was a chance to change from yellow to something else,” said Francois Farion, senior manager of color and design for Nissan. “We had to do that just to make sure there wasn’t any chance to change from yellow to something else.” Farion continued to say that “… you have all of these yellows currently on New York taxis. We wanted to make it look slightly lighter and slightly fresher.”
So don’t panic, fans of yellow taxis. Nissan will still use the taxi-cab-yellow on all of its vans when it enters service late next year.
Do you like that New York City is moving forward with vans as the new taxis? What would be a good vehicle to replace the Crown Victoria or the Camry as New York City taxis? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.