• Feb 15, 2011
Karsan V1 New York City Taxi – Click above for high-res image gallery

The people of New York City have spoken, and they've found the taxi designs from both Ford and Nissan lacking. You may remember that the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission recently set about polling residents on which of a handful of taxi designs they preferred for the future of transportation in the city. Automakers from around the world submitted their designs for a cab that was safe, offered a small environmental impact, complied with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and was physically smaller than the tried-and-true Crown Victoria. Well, the votes are officially in, and a cab from the Turkish company Karsan is the winner.

Around 66 percent of respondents either liked or loved the design of the Karsan V1, and that was enough to seal the vehicle's fate as the people's choice for the Taxi of Tomorrow. The V1 boasts a number of appealing unique features, including a panoramic glass roof and wheelchair ramps on both sides of the vehicle for easy access. It's also a hybrid, which means that cabbies can expect to save fuel in the future if the commission picks the V1 as the city's new cab, and it is easily adaptable to other fuel sources as needed, including diesel, natural gas or fully electric.

The city is likely to take the results of the survey into consideration as it makes a final decision later this year, though popularity with the public provides no guarantees that NYC cabbies will soon be talking Turkey. Check out a video detailing the finer points of the Karsan V1 New York City taxi concept after the break.


[Source: NY1]




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      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish we could bring back the Checker Marathon.

      That cab is ugly, and has very little storage.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You think reliability and a long track record with NYC public transportation might have a part to play in the decision? Lets just say I see a lot of Ford Transit Connects in NYC's future.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course the public is going to favor it...look at all that glass. That doesn't mean it is the smartest choice to pick a company with no presence in the US and no actual product.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I first saw this, I thought "yuck". However, after looking at the interior, I now understand why New Yorkers like it. If you are lugging a bulky item around, pushing a baby carriage, riding a bike, or using a wheelchair, then this is what you want to take. The ability to transport stuff like that with you is golden in a place like NYC. It will make life so much easier.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You might also consider the fact that the other two proposed alternatives look like some bloody truckvans, while this looks friendly and futuristic (BECAUSE IT DOESN'T EXIST).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Either folks want a global economy or they don't. This is part of the deal. Funny how some have no problems sending jobs overseas, but balk at a Turkish cab in NYC?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I totally agree that this is the best option among those. Because it is specifically designed for the needs of NY people and thats why they chose it probably. It does look ugly, but it is highly practical.

      And for all the people who prefer Ford Transit Connect because it is an American company, that car is designed, engineered and built in Turkey too. However, the production will soon be moved to Romania. Some people say it may move to US. I work for that company, and I just heard that it is moving to Romania.. So both of those cars are Turkish...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still predict Ford gets it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Taxis dont receive public subsidies.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wrong information. Karsan already announced that currently they are not doing business with Iran. And they did in the past and since they are founded in 1966 it is normal. Turkey and Iran are neighbors.
        • 3 Years Ago
        A turkish product (Karsan) or a turkish product (Ford Transit Connect/Tourneo)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Information Central

        I agree with you on the global economy point: we as consumers want more than anything else value for money, regardless of where it was made.

        I totally disagree with you on your bashing of GM and Ford.

        1) Ford and GM didn't sit on their asses for a decade: they made the products that american consumers wanted. Whether you or I personally didn't want gas guzzlers doesn't matter when that's what the public in general wants. And GM and Ford made billions from it selling the Escalades and Navigators of the 90s. Gas was cheap here - not so in Europe and Asia.

        2) I'm tired of people arguing over the Leaf and Tesla's electric range vs the Volt. It gets 40 miles, strategically, not because it lacks technology or whatever you are trying to insinuate! Read up on it if you must but GM is betting that most customers don't want to get on the side of the road after 100 miles on the Leaf or 220 mi on the roadster (and we're talking about a $100,000+ car at this point). As an interim solution I couldn't think of a better solution than the Volt.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uhhh...did everyone forget that the all 'merican Ford Transit Connect Taxi is, in fact, built in Turkey? I'm guessing the answer's yes.

        I actually like this design (and god help the poor souls that can't tell the difference between a concept rendering and a prototype). But, I also can't see it actually being delivered on a timeline that's acceptable.

        All told, the Ford's going to get it (as I see it) because it's good enough and it's available now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's a group out there that wants to stop Karsan because the company is doing business with Iran.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "If an American company makes a proven product at a fair price, why should tax dollars go to a foreign competitor?"

        Because it makes a better product? American companies sat on their fat asses for decade, churning out bigger and bigger SUVs when everybody knew the day would come when oil prices would explode again. Instead of being ready with smaller cars, they did nothing. They had YEARS of nearly idle time, in which they put out exactly zero innovative powertrains. While making plenty of interesting small cars for the European market, they failed to do the obvious thing and offer them to the U.S. What became of Ford's ballyhooed "world car" program with the Contour? It took them years to get the highly praised European Focus over here. And Ford is actually the BEST of the U.S. makers in this whole fiasco.

        While little Tesla has proven you can make an electric car that goes hundreds of miles, all the engineering might and economies of scale that GM brings to the table has resulted in a car that goes... 40. Pathetic.

        Boo hoo hoo, we have to compete with other countries! Guess what: We live in a global economy, and that's how it works.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford SHOULD get it. If an American company makes a proven product at a fair price, why should tax dollars go to a foreign competitor?
        • 3 Years Ago
        "why should tax dollars go to a foreign competitor?" Fleet owners are not tax payer backed, so their money is not tax money.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission is a city authority. Sure the fleets themselves are not receiving tax dollars, but we have a public entity advocating for FOREIGN VAPORWARE. If the Karsan V1 was a tried and true model, I wouldn't be complaining, but is something that doesn't really exist better than a Ford Transit? No.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've favored this design all along.

      To me, the Transit is too much like treating people like cargo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As far as I know the engines are going to be either GM or Chrysler for Karsan cars. Ford, Renault, Toyota, Hyundai, Honda; they all have factories in Turkey and again I far as I researched they're very well built. Even when they made F16 fighter planes (American) in Turkey they made with "0" mistakes so before we jump our guns here we have to think that this may be better for us. I wouldn't want a car built in Mexico for example... We all know what those are like:)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very poor policy...
      • 3 Years Ago
      that thing is dumb ugly. sorry im going on foot
        • 3 Years Ago
        You do that, fatty.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate it
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