Nissan Designs New Black Cab For London

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Nissan has unveiled its new black cab for London.

The NV200 was initially launched in August 2012 but designers had to go back to the drawing board following feedback from the mayor’s office and Transport for London.

Design tweaks have included a larger front grill, a brighter taxi sign and new front bumper panels and headlights.

According to Nissan, the vehicle has been shaped to reflect the traditional black cab look.

The new model will be fully introduced this December at a price of around £30,000 and will be joined by a zero emission electric equivalent in 2015.

Nissan wants the petrol addition to be cleaner than the diesel cabs currently operating in the capital.

Nissan unveils new black cab for London
The current black cab design.

It wants a model that completely adheres to TfL’s strict regulations governing black cabs, including Europe-wide exhaust emissions standards.

Many of the black cabs currently on the road in London will fall short of mayor Boris Johnson’s increasingly tougher low emissions benchmarks.

Last month another electric, zero-emissions-capable taxi was unveiled with the hope of hitting the streets in ‘early 2014’ and being in direct competition with Nissan.

The Range-Extended Electric (REE) Metrocab has been developed by Ecotive Limited and technology firm Frazer-Nash.

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