London's Iconic Taxis Are Set To Get a Makeover Thanks To Nissan
January 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM
Over in London there’s a new look for the city’s iconic taxicabs, as Nissan has revealed its design and plan for a vehicle that they hope can compete for a decent share of the market. The new look takes cues from the city’s usual car design, but as you can see above—it’s certainly not the same thing.
Nissan is hungry to score success in London, as they already have gobbled up contracts to supply similar vehicles in spots like New York, Barcelona, and Tokyo. Its new look for London is based off the NV200 van, and it hopes that the petrol-powered taxi can take to the city’s streets by the end of the year. As for a greener version—it might be 2015 before an electric option is available for spinning around Piccadilly Circus.
The initial design that was revealed wasn’t really a hit, so Nissan went back to the drawing board to give it rounder headlights and a grill that is more aligned with the traditional look and feel of the taxis. The cars also meet all of the city’s usual rules and regulations, and they even have a 25-foot turning radius—a must for London’s twists, turns, and narrow streets.
It looks like the new cab will go up against the traditional offerings manufactured by London Taxi Co, but by no means will this be the one and only option. For those that just can’t get enough of the standard taxi—those will still be around for the foreseeable future.