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Mayor Set to Unveil New Taxi of Tomorrow Design

Monday, May 02, 2011

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to reveal the automaker that won the Taxi of Tomorrow design competition — and that will be responsible for creating a taxi model that will serve the city for the next decade as the 16 models currently in use are phased out.

The city opened the Taxi Of Tomorrow design competition two years ago in the search for an iconic, fuel efficient, yellow cab design that could hold up to at least 150 miles per shift. 

The project marked the first time the city would work directly with automakers to create a taxi that could take a New York beating and still be easy on the eyes.

The Turkish model Karsan tested well in the passenger survey with its sleek design and clear Plexiglass roof. The company also vowed to make the cars in Brooklyn if selected.

The other two finalists are by Ford and Nissan.

The Taxi of Tomorrow cab is expected to hit city streets in late 2013.

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Comments [2]

Jeff from Seattle, WA

Almost forgot, pretty sure this was a Turkish is a majority Muslim thing!

May. 03 2011 12:40 AM
Jeff from Seattle, WA

Wow, the Karsan today has already been rejected before the final announcement??? The only one that is already handicap accessibly, more than two-thirds of Yorkers preferred it, would have been built by Americans locally (the other two will be built abroad), the Chrysler engine from Michigan, the only thing foreign would have been the chassis from Turkey, technology smart, low emission/gas, and looked very nice compared to other two. The official reason for rejection "whether the Turkish company, untested in the American market, could reliably execute the high-concept product it had designed..."

Yes sherlock, this is something you would have researched and stated more than two years ago when you chose your final three tenders, NOT two days before the final announcement. What an insult and disgrace wasting this company's crucial time and efforts. Maybe the Turks should have waited one more week before announcing the multi-billion utility helicopter deal and gave the contract to Italy instead.

When you request 13,000 of this vehicle that is only ONE model, I'm pretty sure the Turks and local Brooklyns' would have gotten it down pat after building a few units.

May. 03 2011 12:37 AM

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