Nissan has finally won out in its grueling campaign to make the NV200 compact van the official taxicab of New York City. Effective Sept. 1, New York cab owners are required to buy NV200s when they retire their current cabs.
But it hasn't been easy.
Nissan won the city's contract to supply then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Taxi of Tomorrow in 2011. Taxi companies quickly filed legal challenges, and new Mayor Bill de Blasio opposed the plan. The New York Times reported last week that de Blasio ultimately "negotiated a revised agreement with Nissan last year, prompted by the potential cost of ending a 10-year contract with the company." And a court ruling in June cleared the way for the NV200's status as official cab.
So what does it mean for Nissan? The Times reported that 2,500 to 3,000 cab owners replace their vehicles per year, and Nissan gains visibility in the taxi-centric Big Apple.
Taxi of Tomorrow advocates say the NV200's legroom, panoramic sunroof and sliding side doors will wow tourists, and be safer for bicyclists.
But one problem remains. There's this thing called Uber ...