• Sep 21, 2006


When we think of purpose-built taxis, only one brand comes to mind: LTI Limited, producers of the iconic London taxi. Their latest edition, the TXII, is highly versatile, offering features like a ramp for easy wheelchair access. In America, taxis are usually mid- to full-size sedans, though some large urban markets like New York City have seen a sprinkling of other vehicles such as SUVs and minivans enter their fleets.

Enter Standard Taxi, a Troy, Michigan-based outfit who is looking to do for the US what LTI has done in the UK: create a highly recognizable and enormously practical taxi specialized for North American use.

The recognizable part won't be an issue. The Standard Taxi looks like a compact armored car, with a tall, pedestrian-friendly nose, high roof, and a stubby rear that houses 26.7 cu. ft. of luggage space. Interior volume is 139 cu. ft. - on par with the Crown Vics passengers usually flag down when they need a ride. Unlike the venerable Crown Vic, however, the Standard Taxi seats four in the passenger compartment, something that hasn't been seen in a a reguler car-style taxi since the classic Checker cabs with their pair of jumpseats against the divider. The Standard Taxi accomplishes this by sealing off the driver's seat in it's own little box, opening up the rest of the car.

Follow the jump for more info on and photos of this proposed people mover.

Thanks for tip, Mark!

[Source: Standard Taxi]

The Standard Taxi also complies with American and Canadian standards for disabled individuals, providing wheelchair access to the passenger compartment via a standard recessed ramp. Power comes from a GM 4.3L V6 that's been prepared for the punishing daily grind taxicabs go through, and like the most popular livery cars in use today, it's rear-wheel drive. You can check out the car's full specs here.

Whether or not the Standard Taxi makes serious inroads in North America remains to be seen. At first glance, it seems like it might be a little low for pothole-ridden streets, terrain the big sedans navigate with relative ease. We're sure that's easily corrected. Other than that, it has the makings of a very serious contender. Come Q4 2007, taxi fleet operators may have another compelling option to choose from. In their eyes, this ugly duckling may look like a gorgeous yellow swan.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Love it. Is it an eyesore? Only an idiot would care. Truly a taxi for the new century.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They should have made the read door a slider.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So they found my preschool sketches and are trying to make a profit off them? I'll sue their pants off!

      I think this company may soon learn that Americans don't use the logic side of their brain all that much.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Question? ("Yes Dwight")

      Why is body on frame, RWD important in a taxi. Is it yor longevity of the fleet? They must put on a couple hundred thousand miles in no time. I don't know how many miles a Crown Vic is good for but I can't imagine the car falling appart before the Engine/Transmission etc goes out and is to expensive to replace when as you guys have pointed out the Taxi companies are getting them for dirt cheap.

      But it is pitifully ugly as you pointed out the Spanish compressed air powered car is a masterpiece compared to this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow. do it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a joke, right?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks strictly functional; for hauling people in a very upright and uncomfortable position; just what you need after a long airflight going across town in Chicago, NY,LA etc. I'll bet when it's fully loaded with passengers and luggage that the floor board will be on the pavement...what size are those wheel/tire sizes 13"...looks like it would be top heavy and rollover prone...I forgot though ..if it's dragging on pavement it probaly won't rollover. Hey...this is no limo..maybe there is potential with Hasbro.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I could see private individuals who don't want to deal with minivan or bigger vehicles buying these for personal use in larger cities if warranty and repair is available. Price matters of course.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey look, its the car that i drew when i was 3!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go to beataxidriver.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Will people want to ride in this thing?
      • 8 Years Ago
      #18, Standard says the 4.3 liter v6 gets about 15 mpg in this application, compared with less than 10 mpg for the v8 Caprice and Crown Vic in the same duty cycle.
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