Nissan has created an NV200 taxi to blend right in with London’s iconic black taxis. It has the circular headlamps, black paint, and grille to match the rest of the London cabs. It is also equipped with LED lighting to improve the visibility of the taxi signs.
According to Newspress, this new model will be launched in December of 2014 with an efficient 1.6 liter petrol engine equipped with an automatic transmission. This vehicle was developed for London and in London by Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in Paddington. Nissan will launch an electric version of it in 2015.
Design Excellence Manager at NDE, Darryl Scriven, said:
“The main challenges were concerned with making sure customers can easily recognise it as a taxi. Being in London, we were able to go out and talk to cabbies about what was important to them as well as look at the vehicle from a customer’s viewpoint. It’s unusual for us to be able to work on something as bespoke as this, specifically for one location in the world and we are very proud to have been asked to do so.”
This is part of Nissan’s global taxi program involving New York, Tokyo, and Barcelona. Nissan is working on the all-electric e-NV200 for the future, as we’ve discussed previously, facilitating even greater efficiency.
The Nissan European Design Centre is situated in Paddington, London, England, and it has 65 employees.
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