New York City’s taxis have been featured in TV shows and movies and are used daily by travelers from around the world, making the city’s cab of choice a coveted prize for automakers, and now a source of pride for Nissan.
Tuesday, Nissan unveiled the 2014 Nissan NV200 taxi, which the Japanese automaker has dubbed New York’s Taxi of Tomorrow.
The Taxi will make its global debut at a special event in SoHo with Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“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 in a statement.
Nissan won the contract to supply New York City with its new taxi fleet after a rigorous, two-year competitive bid process in May 2011. Nissan’s new taxi is based on its NV200 commercial van.
According to the city, more than 600,000 people take a taxi in New York each day. The city’s more than 13,000 taxis travel more than 500 million miles per year.
“The Nissan NV200 unveiled today will be the safest, most comfortable and most convenient taxi the city has ever had,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
Standard interior features and passenger amenities will include:
• Sliding doors with entry step and grab handles.
••A transparent roof panel that gives passengers a view of the city.
• Opening side windows.
• Independently controlled rear air conditioning.
• Overhead reading lights for passengers and floor lighting to help locate items.
• A mobile charging station, including a 12-volt electrical outlet and two USB ports.
• Breathable, antimicrobial, environment-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean seat fabric.
• A flat “no hump” passenger floor area for more comfortable ride.
Nissan said it designed the taxi based on its own experience as well as insight from New York City taxi drivers and passengers and the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. The taxi will be on display for the public from Friday through April 15 at the New York International Auto Show.