Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow
New York’s iconic yellow cab is getting a decidedly futuristic update. In 2013, the spacious, state-of-the-artNissan NV200™ will begin ferrying 600,000 passengers daily around the city that never sleeps. With a low-annoyance horn, opening side windows, and sliding doors with a retractable side step for easy entry, it’s set to change not only the face of the taxi, but of the Big Apple itself. With what seems to be an unlimited amount of technology being poured into new vehicles, taxis seem to be about 15 years behind the rest. Not only does this affect the taxi companies but it affects the millions that ride in taxis each and every day. Taxis receive a bad reputation for often being dirty, cramped, and not very comfortable.
Following a two-year competition,Nissan was selected as the exclusive provider of NYC taxis. Chosen for its unique combination of compact exterior and spacious interior, the NV200™ taxi was designed with the input of hundreds of taxi owners and drivers, as well as thousands of passengers. When the Taxis of Tomorrow make their debut on the streets of New York City, they’ll feature new, easy to recognize side graphics, and symbols that indicate whether the cab is vacant or occupied. The iconic cabs will also be sporting a fresher, brighter shade of yellow.
On the inside passengers will immediately notice a difference from your old standard cab. The Nissan NV200 has a spacious interior for 4 passengers with plenty of room. Beyond shuttling happier passengers, the new taxis will make the job of NYC taxi drivers much easier. They’ll be seated in a comfortable, six-way adjustable driver’s seat that moves even when the partition is installed. They’ll have access to modern features, like a built-in Navigation System and intercom system. And the interior—finished with anti-microbial, environmentally friendly materials—will be easy to clean and help reduce airborne odors.
A NYC taxi travels roughly 70,000 miles a year, using a lot of fuel along the way. To reduce both fuel consumption and pollution, the NV200™ is equipped with a powerful, efficient 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine. The NV200™ also sits on a shorter wheelbase than a traditional sedan-based taxi, which reduces the overall length of the vehicle. That’s right—the new taxi is actually bigger on the inside and smaller on the outside. This innovative design means that the shorter taxis will, cumulatively, open up about five acres of space on New York City’s notoriously congested streets, reducing gridlock and pollution in the process.
The Nissan NV200 shows that Nissan is committed to a better future and the expanding the possibilities across all platforms. To see how these innovations transfer to you, the consumer, visit Olympia Nissan to check out the latest new inventory of 2013 and 2014 Nissans.