Nissan Announced the Redesign Version of its Iconic Black Taxi in London
Nissan announced a redesign version of its iconic black taxi in London, while the segment is these day dominated by a Chinese automaker Geely. Nissan made the taxi more recognizable that anyone can instantly recognize the vehicle. The taxi is specifically developed for London by Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in Paddington, London, the same design center where Nissan Designed its popular Juke and Qashqai. The new taxi features a 1.6 liter petrol engine mated with an automatic transmission for efficient performance. Nissan claimed that in the comparison with the current diesel engine, the new petrol engine will be cleaner and produces low level of Nox. The redesigned version of the London taxi will be available for sale in December 2014 while the company has plans to introduce a zero emission electric version of the taxi in the next year.
The London-Specific iconic cab carries a rear, molded front grille complemented with round headlamps, LED lighting and a distinctive bumper design. The updates made by the company are distinguishing the taxi from the traditional standard vans, adding more charm and appeal to its appearance.
The Design excellence manager Darryl Scriven commented “Having already overcome the unique technical challenges presented by the development of a new Hackney Carriage in London ahead of our launch of the vehicle in August 2012, we turned our attention to making the vehicle look the part. The Mayor’s office and taxi drivers were very keen that we maintain the character of the Hackney Carriage, making it something that people in the city can be proud of. The main challenges were concerned with making sure customers can easily recognize it as a taxi. Being in London, we were able to go out and talk to cabbies about what was important to them as well as look at the vehicle from a customer’s viewpoint. It’s unusual for us to be able to work on something as bespoke as this, specifically for one location in the world and we are very proud to have been asked to do so.”