Nissan has been touting its NYC “Taxi of Tomorrow” for a long time, with plans to sell 13,000 of its Nissan NV200 vans for New York City’s taxicab fleet. But while Nissan has been heavily promoting its taxi, there have been no shortage of snags along the way. A few months ago concerns were raised about the lack of a hybrid model available to cab drivers, who are especially conscious of fuel economy. And a new court ruling has determined that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission exceeded its authority by awarding Nissan the contract to exclusively supply the city with all taxis for the next ten years.
New York State Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Hagler said in his ruling the taxi commission “did not have the authority to contract with a third party vendor to manufacture a vehicle that would be the exclusive taxi for the city of New York for the next ten years and medallion owners will be mandated to purchase.”
Nissan had hailed the victory over Ford, and a Turkish automaker, and planned to have NYC be the first step in a larger plan to supply city taxi fleets around the world. Nissan says it will continue plans to sell the Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow to the city of New York, despite not having an exclusive contract.
Source: Automotive News