The city of New York will choose Nissan as the supplier for the next generation of taxi cabs, giving the Japanese automaker an exclusive 10-year contract for the city’s fleet of 13,200 yellow people haulers.
According to the New York Daily News, the Nissan design beat out the Ford Transit van and a design from Turkish builder Karzan, based on durability and interior specs. The win means Nissans will slowly replace the Ford Crown Victorias and hodgepodge of hybrid Ford Escapes and other assorted vehicles bought by taxi firms and used to brainwash New Yorkers with Sandy Kenyon’s celebrity ramblings.
This is likely a big loss for Ford, which had hoped to anchor sales of the new Transit Connect with a winning New York City taxi bid.
Republished from Jalopnik