The Nissan NV200 has already been selected as New York City's official taxi and now the company is looking to build on that momentum by unveiling the NV200 London Taxi (aka Hackney Carriage / Black Cab).
Designed to be flexible and fuel-efficient, the model has sliding doors and a five-seat passenger compartment. It also complies with regulations that call for a 25 ft (7.6m) turning-circle and the ability to accommodate a passenger in a wheelchair.
According to Nissan, the NV200 will be cheaper than the current TX4 Taxi and offer "significantly improved running costs." For example, the London Taxi - with a 1.5 dCi engine and a six-speed manual transmission - averages 53.3 mpg UK (5.3 L/100km / 44.4 mpg US) which is almost 50% more efficient than the most economical TX4. Over the course of a year, this would save approximately £700 ($1090 / €880) on fuel.
In a statement, Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer said "Nissan is proud to be delivering a 21st century vision for one of London's most iconic vehicles. The ‘black cab' is as much a part of the London landscape as Big Ben and, whilst there will always be a place for that familiar silhouette, the Nissan NV200 London Taxi focuses as much attention on its interior as the exterior - a better experience for drivers and passengers."
Nissan aims to receive full London Taxi certification later this year and will begin testing an EV variant in 2013.