2014 Nissan NV200 (Park Slope)
A hew and cry greeted the announcement that Nissan of North America had won the competition to design New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow”. Why should the Nissan NV200, a Japanese car – withdrawn, minivan – follow the venerable Ford Crown Victoria as the go-to taxi in America’s greatest city, people asked. As if to add insult to injury, the NV200 would be built – whisper it – in Mexico.
Ford Motor Company is an American company of course, something Nissan Motor Corporation most certainly is not. Nevertheless Ford moved all Crown Vic production to Canada in the mid-eighties, and for years now, the Taxi and Limousine Commission had been permitting cabbies to “hack-up” just about anything with wheels. The most common non-Crown Vic cab is probably the Ford Escape, but there are also many hacked-up Camrys, Altimas, and at least one Jetta Wagon kicking around. This will soon change however, unless legal challenges are successful, and cabbies, and New Yorkers, will have but one non-hybrid choice – the Nissan NV200.