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NYC Picks Nissan To Supply Yellow Cabs

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 9:25am

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's iconic taxi fleet is getting a Japanese makeover

City officials announced Tuesday that they had picked Nissan to supply the fleet for the next 10 years. The Japanese automaker beat out Ford Motor Co. and Karsan USA in a contest for the rights to anchor the fleet.

Nissan's tall, boxy NV200 minivan is already in use as a taxi in some other parts of the globe.

This marks the first time New York City has worked directly with automakers to design its taxicab model.

The anchor of the city's current fleet of more than 13,200 taxis is Ford's Crown Victoria, which was recently discontinued.

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