Nissan wins huge New York City taxi contract

Nissan wins huge New York City taxi contract

Over 13,000 taxi cabs roam the streets of New York City and producing them, supplying them parts and servicing them is big business. So when a contract for the next-generation of NYC taxis was put up for tender it was hotly contested. But there could be only one winner and hot-right-now carmaker Nissan took out the prize.

The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission awarded Nissan a 10-year contract to produce the cabs. The Japanese automaker was shortlisted along with Ford and little known Turkish automaker Karsan for the deal that’s worth more than $1 billion US dollars. Nissan won and will now be responsible for building one single vehicle to replace the 16 models that are currently allowed to transport New York City residents around the Big Apple. The company’s design was based on its NV200, and the minivan is expected to turn up for work from early 2013.

Apparently the Turkish company Karsan Otomotive was a shock early favorite thanks to its unique handicap-accessible design and full-panel glass roof. The automaker had also promised to assemble the vehicles in Brooklyn with union labour. But the smaller company couldn’t quite get there in the end.

Now the new Nissan cabs can look forward to carrying up to 600,000 people a day in New York.

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