Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
Slideshow: New York's "Taxi of Tomorrow" on Display at New York Auto Show
Friday, April 06, 2012 - 11:35 AM
The Nissan NV200 -- picked last year to be New York's "Taxi of Tomorrow" -- is making its public debut Friday at the New York International Auto Show.
It will be phased into the fleet beginning in October 2013. The city expects it to replace all other cab models by 2018. Check it out below.
The city's choice of the Nissan is enraging everyone from disability rights activists to lawmakers upset with the company's business ties to Iran. A class action lawsuit, calling on the city to make all cabs wheelchair accessible, is wending its way through the courts system. Meanwhile, a photoshopped image of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad riding shotgun in the new taxi is being tweeted by NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.