April 4, 2012
NYC Taxis Set For Major Upgrade
New York City´s 13,000 iconic yellow taxis will soon be phased out and replaced with upgraded vehicles featuring large sunroofs, mobile charging systems, onboard odor-busters and other amenities.
"New York City cabs have always been iconic, and now they will set a new standard. The 600,000 passengers who use taxis to get around every day deserve the cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line safety features that this model delivers," Mayor Bloomberg said, who unveiled the new taxi - the 2014 Nissan NV200 -- Tuesday night at a special event in SoHo.
"The Nissan NV200 unveiled today will be the safest, most comfortable and most convenient taxi the City has ever had.”
Carlos Ghosn, President of Nissan, which won the contract last year to supply the city with the new taxis, said New York City´s rollout of the NV200 provides an outstanding opportunity to put the company´s brand in front of millions of people each year.
"We're proud to introduce a new era of urban mobility to New York with the Nissan NV200 Taxi - New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow," Ghosn said.
The NV200 will also make an appearance at the New York Auto Show from April 6-15.
"The exclusive Taxi of Tomorrow draws on Nissan's global experience in commercial vehicles, as well as insight from New York City taxi drivers and passengers, who helped identify important improvements over today's cabs,” Ghosn said.
The NV200 taxi — an air conditioned minivan slightly lighter in color than the city´s traditional taxis — includes sliding rear doors, antimicrobial seat upholstery, reading lights, power and USB outlets and additional legroom for passengers.
Customers will be able to set the temperature on the heat and air conditioning in the rear, and can speak with the driver through an intercom system. Even the horn has been enhanced, to make it less irritating, Nissan said.
The cars cost $29,700, and will begin replacing New York´s taxis in late 2013.