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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Your the stupid one ashleymalagant. What led to American cars and parts being built out of country in the first place, dummy's like you buying imports over the years. Drive your little import shoeskate and flip the bird at American cars and continue to show us how ignorant you are. I'll take my Buick Regal that getst 20mpg city and 28mpg highway and is solid built, never gives me any trouble over you little nissan or whatever any time.You forgot one very important thing, the majority of the corporate profits for you little import brand goes overseas, not here, so wake up!
most foreign cars are now built just as much in the US as the american models.... only about 10-30% of american cars are made in america; engines, transmissions, shocks, panels, ect are normally made out of our borders. just a little FYI for you wondering why we didnt go with an overpriced american peice of junk that cant compare to european or asian vehicles today.
Except you're a complete jackass, because this Nissan is made in Mexico. How's it feel to be such a sucker?
This bad for new York new bad luck its japan car ,, please American only please japan not have America styleFor this service, no comfort use gas, why anyone manufacture have one electric car for save the world