Nissan’s First Purpose-Built Taxi Vehicle Delivered in New York
The taxi of Today? Nissan North America is talking up the delivery of its first NV200T, a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, gasoline-fueled, purpose-built hack vehicle the manufacturer aggressively promoted as the “Taxi of Tomorrow” for New York City.
The first NV200T was delivered this month to City taxi medallion holder Ranjit Singh by Alex Chaoush of Koeppel Nissan in Queens.
Eight Nissan dealers in the New York City region have the NV200T available for purchase, Nissan says, proclaiming “the next phase in Nissan’s commitment to deliver the most innovative, custom-designed taxi experience ever to the more than 600,000 people who ride in New York City taxicabs every day.”
‘I Can’t See It Losing’
The vehicle combines a compact exterior and roomy interior (F&F, July 9), for passengers and drivers alike, with amenities ranging from a dramatic moon roof for the delectation of tourists to USB charge ports for mobile devices.
“I can’t see it losing,” Koeppel Nissan taxi sales specialist Chaoush told F&F. Next year’s sales? “Easily 250,” he says, “and I’m hoping for more.”
“We are excited to see the NV200T now carrying passengers around Manhattan,” Nissan Motor executive VP Andy Palmer said in Nissan’s release, “and look forward to bringing the same NV200T experience to drivers and passengers in new markets outside New York.”
Nissan detailed plans for an all-electric eNV200 van last month (F&F, September 10).
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