Geely to reinvent the London black cab

Geely to reinvent the London black cab

Chinese carmaker Geely recently purchased Volvo in a much publicised deal and for its next trick wants to unleash a wave of new taxis on the English domestic market. A set of renderings and photos have just hit the web and feature a freshly designed taxi rolling through London streets. Geely has named the new vehicle the Englon TXN and the car is scheduled for an official unveil at the Bejing Motor Show at the end of this month.

Currently, details are scarce on the new taxi, but the car’s design clearly takes a modern spin on the classic look of the old British black cabs. The exterior shots don’t look entirely accurate but the interior pictures appear to be genuine, and feature a clever driver-enclosed cockpit.

The prototype taxi is more than just mucking around as Geely has been aggressively snapping up stock in Manganese Bronze for awhile now in an attempt to achieve a controlling stake in the company that builds London’s iconic black cabs. The Coventry-based taxi-maker also makes cars for China, so don’t be too surprised if the next time your in London the streets are flooded with Chinese taxis.

Chinese carmaker Geely recently purchased Volvo in a much publicised deal and for its next trick wants to unleash a wave of new taxis on the English domestic market. A set of renderings and photos have just hit the web and feature a freshly designed taxi rolling through London streets. Geely has named the new vehicle the Englon TXN and the car is scheduled for an official unveil at the Bejing Motor Show at the end of this month.

Currently, details are scarce on the new taxi, but the car’s design clearly takes a modern spin on the classic look of the old British black cabs. The exterior shots don’t look entirely accurate but the interior pictures appear to be genuine, and feature a clever driver-enclosed cockpit.

The prototype taxi is more than just mucking around as Geely has been aggressively snapping up stock in Manganese Bronze for awhile now in an attempt to achieve a controlling stake in the company that builds London’s iconic black cabs. The Coventry-based taxi-maker also makes cars for China, so don’t be too surprised if the next time your in London the streets are flooded with Chinese taxis.

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