The Wall Street Journal reports:
“New York City’s next yellow cab will be a Nissan.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that the Japanese automaker had won his administration’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition, which gives the it the exclusive right to provide the city’s 13,000 yellow taxis.
The first vehicles are expected to hit the road near the end of 2013 and will be phased in over five years as taxis are replaced.
Nissan Motor Co. submitted a version of the NV200, a small van currently not on sale in the United States. It beat out entries from Turkish automaker Karsan and Ford Motor Co., which proposed using its Transit Connect van.
The selection will likely be controversial. Owners of big taxi fleets have said they don’t want to be stuck using only one model. Advocates for the disabled, meanwhile, oppose any vehicle that isn’t wheelchair accessible. Only Karsan’s entry met that criteria. Ford and Nissan both offered the ability to make some of their vehicles accessible.
If not enough vehicles are made accessible to disabled persons, NYC may be exposed to litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
My only question, “Is this vehicle NYC parking ticket proof?”
Without further adieu, here is the NYC taxi of tomorrow
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