An alert reader in Manhattan recently noticed an unusual new vehicle
decked in the yellow paint scheme of a New York cab. This is the first known example of a Volkswagen Jetta TDI
doing livery service in the Big Apple. Much has been made of the city's taxi and limousine commission requiring new cab vehicles to get a minimum of 25 mpg and the assumption that this would mean hybrids
only. In fact most of the vehicles approved for use in the city
are hybrids, with the exception of the old Ford Crown Victoria
, wheel chair accessible vans and the diesel Jetta
. It's not known how many Jettas are operating in Gotham right now but there is at least this one. Thanks to Nate for the tip!