Painted Black, Nissan NV200 Taxi Is Poised for London Duty

The Nissan NV200 van, the same model chosen to be New York’s Taxi of Tomorrow, was announced on Monday for service in London.

In its new livery, the NV200 seems instantly more dignified and solid than its yellow cousin. Call it a rolling testament to the power of black paint.

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A Panel Discussion on the New York Taxi of Tomorrow

On Tuesday night, the Design Trust for Public Space sponsored a panel discussion about the future of the New York taxi at the Museum of the City of New York. The trust was also the sponsor of  Taxi 07,which issued policy proposals about the taxi industry in New York and displayed eight concept vehicles at the New York auto show in 2007.

The panel focused on a little publicized project called Taxi of Tomorrow, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission’s effort to choose a single model of taxi for the next decade. Currently, about 16 different vehicle models are approved by the commission. The majority of taxis are still Ford Crown Victorias, but Ford plans to discontinue the model. The commission, according to its chief, David Yassky, wants a vehicle that is greener, more space efficient, more accessible and also iconic — serving as a visual symbol of the city. The new car would be established as the single approved model for a decade.
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