Nissan unveils London taxi

This handout image obtained from Nissan GB on January 6, 2014 shows Nissans new interpretation of the London Taxi. The new Taxi, which Nissan hopes will become a replacement for the Iconic "Black Cab". Photo / AFP, Nissan GB
This handout image obtained from Nissan GB on January 6, 2014 shows Nissans new interpretation of the London Taxi. The new Taxi, which Nissan hopes will become a replacement for the Iconic "Black Cab". Photo / AFP, Nissan GB

Japanese carmaker Nissan unveiled Monday its version of London's iconic black taxi, a market currently dominated by Chinese firm Geely.

Nissan claims its new 1.6 litre petrol engine taxi will be cleaner than the current diesel cabs being used in the British capital.

Photo / AFP, Nissan GB
Photo / AFP, Nissan GB

''The NV200 cab for London is part of Nissan's global taxi programme, which also encompasses New York, Barcelona and Tokyo. The London version's design is bespoke, reflecting the rich heritage and status of London's black cabs,'' the company said.

The new cab was first unveiled in August 2012, but after feedback from Mayor Boris Johnson's office it has been redesigned to more closely resemble the black cab ''face'' with bigger headlights, a prominent taxi sign and a big front grille.

The new cab adheres to the strict regulations governing the capital's black cabs _ known officially as Hackney Carriages _ including the required 25-foot (7.6-metre) turning circle.

The vehicle will be produced at Nissan's existing plant in Barcelona and modifications will be added in Britain, home to the company's huge Sunderland plant.

It will go on sale in London in December priced about 30,000 (49,250 euros, $36,000).
The company enters the market as the original maker of London's famous black cabs finds a new life.

Chinese auto manufacturer Zhejiang Geely Holding Group last year rescued from bankruptcy what is now known as London Taxi Co.

Photo / AFP, Nissan GB
Photo / AFP, Nissan GB


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