The streets of Gotham are about to look a lot different. After being inundated with legions of bulky Ford Crown Victoria and the occasional Toyota Sienna or Prius for years, New York City's hack pool is slated to get a fresh crop of yellow ugly thanks to its "Taxi of Tomorrow" program.

Chief among those vehicles figures to be the Nissan NV200 Taxi, also unveiled at this week's New York Auto Show, but the Japanese automaker isn't the sole manufacturer to be in the good graces of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. The 2013 MV-1 seen here has also gained approval, and its maker, the snappily named Vehicle Production Group, notes that this is the first purpose-built vehicle to gain the board's approval since the Checker Cab.

And not only is the MV-1 purpose-built for taxi duty, it was designed with the Americans with Disabilities Act in mind – the square-rigged design is built around a 56-inch by 36-inch door for wheelchair access, and VPG will fit MV-1s with either manual or power ramps as requested. The American-made, body-on-frame MV-1 will also be available powered by Compressed Natural Gas.

It remains to be seen how many taxi companies are eager to buy vehicles from a startup automaker, but VPG says it has approval for up to 13,000 units. We imagine much of the MV-1's success will come down to pricing and reliability, as well as acceptance of the vehicle's unusual appearance. Of course, Nissan's new NV doesn't look like it will be contending for any design laurels, either...


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      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I might be the only one thinking about this, but wouldn't it be nice if at least one company made a spacious sedan taxi with relatively modern technology, RWD, and BOF, with design inspiration fromthe orginial Checker cab? Add in a nice, fuel efficient V8 couped to a mild hybrid system for a good 30 mpg highway. And front row bench seating.And maybe a 9 passenger wagon version as an alternative to Dodge Caravan and Toyota Sienna taxis. I think it would give NYC its own unique charm, the same tye that the Checker taxis did back in the 70's.
      MrWhopee
      • 2 Years Ago
      My eyes! And people think the NV200 is ugly. New York City filled with these things running about surely is going to drive all those tourists away. Since it seem to have similar proportion, why not make it look like the old Checker cab? It may be equally ugly, but at least it looked "right".
        stclair5211
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MrWhopee
        Tourists left NYC a long long time ago. Nobody is visiting that dump. Sorry to break it to you.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would have picked this over the Nissan. I understand that the Nissan has an EV model comming and that was a major reason for the pick. This just looks like a Cab should IMO
      donnieorama
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually went to look at an MV-1 with my dad (who has MS)--it's seriously good for handicapped folks...but with that V8 and ancient 4-speed transmission, you'll be lucky to get 11 or 12 mpg. I'm surprised New York approved it, but I guess they need capable vehicles for the handicapped.
      Azure Vincent
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why are the vehicles getting thicker and uglier? ...why?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Azure Vincent
        [blocked]
      EXP Jawa
      • 2 Years Ago
      This somehow reminds me of Korbin Dallas' cab in The Fifth Element. Except the flying part, of course... I saw one of these that looked to be in private hands last week on I-490 in Rochester...
      Icarus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Honda Ridgeline and a London cab "got it on" and had this monstrosity!
      BLSully
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was in Chicago a few weeks ago and saw one of these on Wacker. I was really confused at what it was. Mystery solved ;)
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      NYC doesn't get it. The taxi is iconic and picking that Japanese Nissan van was stupid. Beyond stupid. Right up there with electing Obama. STUPID. At least this thing looks distinctive. I dig it. And that Nissan is 29k! They are laughing there butts off.
        PheelACCD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I agree that choosing a Nissan vehicle was a wrong choice for such a symbol. I really wish a well-designed American concept had been proposed and chosen. However, you insulting the MAJORITY of our country who elected President Obama is even more wrong. Autoblog is not a political website, and democracy is based on respecting the choice of the majority. Having an bald eagle and a star-spangled banner on your avatar doesn't make you any better than anyone else.
      jamesbrownontheroad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seeing this, I take back everything I've said about the NV200 being ugly. :-0~~}
      people call me V
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, hasn't anyone LOOKED at it before letting it out?! What an ugly POS and the proportions are monstrous. TLC board and designers of this crap should be limited to cleaning toilets... although I'm sure they'll mess that up somehow too
      ishmaelcrowley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will drink more gas than a Crown Vic.
        donnieorama
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ishmaelcrowley
        I don't know why the geniuses are voting your comment down--because it's true.
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