Hail the Nissan NV200, New York's new cab
NYC's new taxi, the Nissan NV200, drops in at the NY Auto Show.
Our favorite feature of Nissan's new NV200 taxi? The low-annoyance horn. This castrated sound emitter is accompanied by an exterior light that illuminates to tattle on the driver to nearby honkees. We anticipate many cabbies will "forget" to replace the bulbs once they burn out.
On the eve of the 2012 New York auto show, Nissan is introducing Big Apple residents to their new car. The NV200, as you may recall, was chosen as New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow, meaning that anyone who wants to put a new taxi into service there will need to buy one of these babies. By Nissan's calculations, switching the city's fleet from Crown Vics to NV200s will give back five acres in the form of vacated roadway. Nissan will also sell a commercial version of the NV200 van and is considering an electric version, too.
The second-row seats three — total passenger count is four, including the unlucky guy who has to sit up front — and the surfaces are covered in leather-look vinyl that's supposed to be antimicrobial. The driver's seat is covered in cloth that's supposed to promote ventilation. We'll leave that one alone.
Look Up, Look Out, Look Who's Honking Now
In addition to the low-annoyance horn, passengers will appreciate a charging station for their electronics, including one 12-volt outlet and a pair of USB ports. A transparent panel lets those in the rear take in the city's verticality, and the headliner uses active carbon to trap interior odors. No word on how long it will take to fill with said odors. Rear-seat passengers get their own climate-control zone.
There's also a light to alert those nearby when the doors are opening, the necessity of which is lessened by the sliding doors diminished ability to take out passing bike messengers.
Don't Forget the Cabbie
Your friendly cabbie will appreciate the NV200 taxi's standard navigation system and rearview camera — although we can't remember the last time we were in a cab that had to back up. Motivation comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder of unknown output. But, hey, who really cares? We're going to guess it's enough. Taxis aren't supposed to be quick anyway.
The estimated base price of New York's new cab is $29,700. City dwellers will probably be more concerned with when it's set to hit the streets: Nissan expects an on-duty date beginning in 2013.
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If foreign vehicles are soo darn reliable and tough why dont the police departments and fire departments have them in their fleets? And why dont you see police officers or fire fighters driving foreign vehicles?
Heck even the people that know about cars like the drag racers and nascar drivers drive American vehicles. Even the ones whos teams have sponsorships from foreign makers drive American vehicles in their everyday life. That speaks volumes.
I worked at a dealership that also sold Toyotas and VWs and funny thing is all the Toyota and VW salespeople drove other brands than what they sold, but the Chevy salespeople mostly (1 of 12) drove GM products. 2 of the 11 GM products were Pontiacs all the rest were Chevrolet.
TMPinsanity says GM has more factories outside the US than in it. GM has 2 plants in Mexico that import vehicles to the US and 2 in Canada that import to the US. GM has 5 plants in Michigan alone that export vehicles to Canada and mexico. Yes GM has more factories outside the US but they do not import vehicles to this country. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Ford, Chrysler all have more plants outside the US than in it because the US is 1 country.
GM has 11 assembly plants in the United States that produce vehicles sold in the US, Mexico, and Canada. Now my math tells me 11 in the US is a lot more than 4 outside. And of those 4 plants only 1 builds a vehicle that has high sales volumes. Thats the Equinox all the other vehicles that are imported are low volume products.
Way to support Japan NYC. Those cabs are built in a foreign country by a japanese manufacturer. The US government gets no tax money off their profits and the assembly hasnt helped a single american worker what so ever.
NYC is a crap hole run by a bunch of selfish idiotic worthless @$Sbags.
Apparently many of you do not realize that even though the company might be foreign owned they have design studios in California and several factories building vehicles right here in the USA. If that weren't enough many of the "Domestic" car companies actually have factories in other countries that either produce the finished car or build some of the major assemblies that go into it. So the line between foreign and domestic is a really fuzzy line.
I wonder how many of the posters today bitching about buying things made by american workers read this article on their IPad, Iphone or other foreign made tablet. Wake up. If it works better, and is cheaper, people will buy it.