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Nissan Adopts London Taxi Look For New NV200 Cab

Published 06 January 2014

Nissan today unveiled a new 'London Look' for its NV200 taxi to go on sale towards the end of 2014.

Earlier renditions, including one as a New York 'Yellow Cab', had looked like a standard NV200 combi and were powered by Renault's 1.5DCI diesel engine (as used by Mercedes for the A-Class).

But Nissan has had a re-think and as well as a re-style to make the NV200 look like a traditional London Taxi, it has also adopted a 1.6 petrol engine coupled to an automatic transmission. An electriv 'EV' version using Leaf/Zoe components will follow in 2015.

Nissan’s newly-redesigned taxi has been developed for London, in London, by Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in Paddington, the same design centre responsible for the Qashqai and Juke. 

Nissan already has a pedigree in the London taxi market – its 2.7-litre TD27 diesel engine was fitted to the FX4 ‘Fairway’ and TX1 black cabs during the 1980s and ‘90s and gained a reputation for reliability and durability. In developing the NV200 Taxi for London, Nissan has ensured that it adheres to the strict TfL regulations governing Hackney Carriages, including the required 25-foot (7.6-metre) turning circle enabling it to circumnavigate the roundabout in front of the Savoy hotel.

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.

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