Why are most of NYC's cabs in Toyota's

new York: At least the taxis stay yellow


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600,000 people get into New York cabs every day. In most cases it has been a yellow Ford Crown Victoria so far, but for some time now copies of the Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Connect and the Toyota van Sienna have been on the road between the canyons of Manhattan. The majority came from Ford, a US manufacturer. Most of the more than 13,000 taxis on New York's streets are Crown Victorias, but they have been out of production since 2011. Since the early 1980s, Ford had replaced the classic Checker taxi model.

Now it is Ford itself that is being replaced. The new Yellow Cab will be available from the end of 2013 - from the Japanese manufacturer Nissan. Its New York Taxi is technically based on a 4.40 meter long city delivery van, the Nissan NV 200. The new taxi recently celebrated its official premiere at the New York Motorshow. It should offer a lot of space inside in a manageable small space.

The order from the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), which is responsible for the approximately 20,000 taxis and chauffeur-driven limousines in the city, was much sought-after and fiercely contested. Ford would have loved to get the taxi monopoly, after all, New York has been firmly in Ford hands for years. But in the end, Nissan made the race.

Anyone who buys a new taxi in New York and wants to nail the coveted TLC badge on the hood can only do so on the new Nissan Cab from the end of 2013. "We are proud to bring a new era of urban mobility to New York," says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with satisfaction, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg comments: "New York taxis have always been icons, and here we are adding a new one Default."

"Why not a hybrid?"

But not everyone in New York is happy. Many taxi drivers are surprised at the decision in favor of the Japanese model. "The Nissan should be economical. A four-cylinder that creates more than 20 miles per gallon," says Hameed Naeen. He has been driving cabs in New York for more than ten years, preferably in Manhattan. "But why is there no hybrid?" He asks. The Nissan taxi is powered by a two-liter gasoline engine and costs just under $ 30,000.

Naeen bought a Ford Escape Hybrid especially beforehand. "Of course I know that the Escape in the rear is uncomfortable for the passengers and that there is no real space," admits the native Indian. "It's not much more luxurious up front for me. But the driver's seat is better than the Crown Vic and I save 25 to 30 dollars in fuel a day." He financed the Escape Hybrid at a price of almost $ 40,000 for seven years.

Before that, Naeen drove a Toyota Sienna van. "450,000 miles in six years," reports Naeen. "I was actually satisfied. The car had an incredible amount of space and I only had to change the gearbox once every 200,000 miles." But the consumption was simply too high. "My Escape Hybrid is now simply saving money every day." At 18 miles per gallon (around 14 liters per 100 kilometers), the consumption of the vans is on par with the Crown Victoria. The hybrid consumes half the fuel in everyday life.