New NYC Taxi Chosen
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky today announced that the NV200, designed by Nissan North America, Inc., has been chosen as the winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow competition and will be the first taxicab specially built for use in New York City and the vehicle will become the city’s exclusive taxicab for a decade. The NV200 will be the safest taxi ever used in the city, with passenger airbags, and the vehicle will be the first to complete U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing with the taxi partition and taxi equipment installed. The vehicle has a variety of first of its kind features: the most comfort for drivers and passengers – including more passenger room than any city taxi ever on the road and a smooth ride designed for passenger comfort; a transparent roof; charging stations for mobile devices; a high fuel efficiency rating; built-in GPS navigation and much more. Additionally, the Nissan vehicle received high scores in the categories identified as the top taxi priorities by nearly 23,000 people surveyed.