Here Is NYC’s New Taxi ... Made by Japan’s Nissan

Mayor Bloomberg picks Nissan over Ford
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2011 11:59 AM CDT
A rendering of the interior of Nissan's design.   (AP Photo/NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission)
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(Newser) – New York City has picked Nissan to build the next generation of the city's 13,000 taxis, reports the Wall Street Journal. Mayor Bloomberg's team picked the NV200, a small van currently in operation in Europe and Asia, as winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow competition, notes the New York Times. The Japanese automaker trumped offerings from Ford (current builder of current staple, the Crown Victoria) and Turkey's Karsan. The vehicles will start appearing in late 2013 and be phased in over five years. One potential headache: It's not wheelchair accessible, which could lead to lawsuits.

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