Although no stranger to controversy, the Nissan NV200 is beginning to make inroads into the New York City Taxi market, and all initial indications have been positive. For over a decade, the Ford Crown Victoria ruled the streets of the Big Apple, but the Nissan is starting to become a familiar sight. The new NV200 cab features USB ports for rear passengers, a built-in partition, and seats designed specifically to reduce driver fatigue.
A big hit with passengers has been the NV200 taxi's transparent panoramic roof, which drivers say passengers have been taking photos and video with their smartphones of the city's skyline. In addition to the NV's lower fuel consumption relative to the Crown Victoria, drivers are anecdotally sharing that they're getting more generous tips in the new cabs, possibly due to the higher level of amenities and the dramatic skyline view.
Although the majority of attention for these new cabs has been on New York City, the Nissan NV200 taxi is beginning to ship nationwide, including Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Texas. Beyond the U.S. borders, the NV will be the basis for the next-generation London Taxi, with the vehicle getting a special bespoke front-end treatment allowing it to be instantly recognized as that city's car-for-hire icon.