The reign of the iconic Ford Crown Victoria as New York City’s trademark taxi is over. Enter the new Nissan NV200 Taxi, its successor. As a van, Nissan’s taxi is more practical; with a host of new technologies, it’s safer and more convenient.
“The Nissan NV 200 unveiled today will be the safest, most comfortable and most convenient taxi the City has ever had,” said New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “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.”
The NV200 taxi seats four passengers and is powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine optimized for fuel efficiency. Nifty interior features include grab handles and sliding doors for easy accessibility, a transparent roof panel that offers a panoramic view of New York City’s skyline, independently-controlled air conditioning for rear passengers, mobile charging stations for cell phones, antimicrobial upholstery and active carbon headliner to absorb odors and a hearing loop system for the hearing impaired. There is even a “low-annoyance horn” with exterior lights that indicate when the vehicle is honking, so the horn is used less frequently.
Unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the Nissan NV200 Taxi will have a base price of $29,700.