• Apr 9th 2010 at 2:28PM
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Geely may be content to let Volvo do its thing without any apparent outside intervention (at least for now), but the Swedish brand's new parent company apparently has its heart set on unleashing a wave of taxis on England. A set of renderings just hit the web featuring a freshly designed taxi rolling through London. Called the Englon TXN, the car is slated for an official unveil at the Bejing Motor Show at the end of this month.

Details are scarce at the moment, but the car's design takes a modern spin on the classic look of the old British taxis. While the exterior shots almost look to be Photoshop creations, the interior pictures appear to be the real deal, and it features a rather nifty driver-centric cockpit.

Everyone's favorite Chinese automaker has been aggressively snapping up stock in Manganese Bronze for awhile now in an attempt to grab a controlling stake in the purveyor or London's iconic black cabs. The Coventry-based taxi-maker also cranks out cars for China, though those vehicles fly under the Englon name. As we all know, what Geely wants, Geely gets, so don't be too surprised if the streets of London are flooded with Chinese cabs the next time you visit.

[Source: The Tycho via Autohome]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      UGLY, why is the steering wheel on the wrong side? How come China is making a British Taxi?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to admit, not bad, not bad at all. I think it's a very good interpretation of a modern London taxi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...aaaaaaaaaaand yet again, attempts to come up with an original design fail completely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's because it's NOT meant to be an original design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      London black cabs have to, by law, be able to accomodate disabled users with wheelchairs. There is no chance that design could.
      So either it's designed for markets other than Britain, or the Chinese have droped a big clanger and not read the regulations properly. Doh!

      Dan (in London)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now if only you could spell "re-envision" correctly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL @ that thing
      • 5 Years Ago
      If only US taxis looked that good...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interior's not terrible but the exterior is just plain ugly. On top of that, it appears way too small for a taxi.
      • 5 Years Ago

      ... that - creation - is just too shudderingly, mingingly, disgustingly vile to ever be allowed to deface the streets of my old London town...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chinese are getting better and better. no doubt
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who says it's coming to London? I was in Beijing last week, and I saw the old version of the London minicab there as a taxi.

        It was LHD and stood out from the sea of Volkswagen Santanas and Hyundai Elantra taxis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't the Chinese come up with anything of their own?
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's a bentley mulsanne turned into a truck.

      as if the mulsanne wasn't ugly enough already.

      just give back the regular london taxi, with a few upgrades here and there but the same look. is that so difficult?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cold War called and wants its mentality back.

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