Cab drivers in New York City may not be mandated to purchase the Nissan NV200 "Taxi of Tomorrow" per the orders of a Supreme Court Judge, but that isn't stopping Nissan from beginning sales of the bright yellow people movers.

Speaking to Automotive News, Howard Koeppel, a Queens-based dealer said, "We just got them about three days ago, and we've sold five to individual operators. They're good cars." A fully loaded example of the Mexican-built taxi is priced at $29,700, and are due to officially begin service on October 28.

The NV is meant to be the go-to vehicle for NYC cabbies, mandated by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, although the process of switching over the city's 15,000 cabs has been ensnarled by legal proceedings virtually since the word "go."

The most recent drama came earlier this week, when Justice Shlomo Hagler (still love that name), judged that the city of New York overstepped itself in mandating that independent owners and companies be completely switched over to the NV within three to five years.

The city is, naturally, appealing that decision, but if they can't win by the end of the year, which is when Mayor Michael Bloomberg's term ends, the unified cab fleet will be dead in the water. The two leading candidates for New York's mayoral race have both come out in opposition to the policy, meaning that the mandate could just end up being overturned by the city's next mayor.


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      rstonnerdd
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll reserve comment until I see an NV with 200,000 miles plus on the odo. Until then, meh . . .
      kkacperowski
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm still confused why the city would mandate everyone buy a Japanese taxicab made in mexico. Ford's transit is basically the same thing and the business is going to an aMercian company.
        4RR4Y
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kkacperowski
        Your xenophobia is amusing... 1) Ford is very much a global automaker as is General Motors, to which Ford's European division has thoroughly reworked Ford's North American image with premium and quality products. If you're truly worried about where 'american money' circulates, stop shopping at Wal-Mart... 2) The Transit is built in Turkey/Romania, not the USA, to which Mexico is still part of North America. Ford also produces the iconic F-series in Mexico, though largely for that market.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @4RR4Y
          He is not a xenophobe.........he is an idiot.
          Jarda
          • 1 Year Ago
          @4RR4Y
          your lack of clue on what xenophobia means is amusing
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kkacperowski
        Isn't transit made in Turkey or something? American company...........so people have to get an inferior product simply because company's CEO live in USA?...................Why don't you do that will your electronics.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Seal Rchin
          I don't know, i never tested it for a taxi use..................I am sure NYC Taxi commission did. Do you honestly think that people make decisions just like that without testing? They tested a bunch of cars and concluded that NV is the BEST choice
      ShutoSteve
      • 1 Year Ago
      NYC without Crown Vic's is like Tokyo without Sony. It makes no sense. I like the idea of the NV, but I'll be sad to see the icons of NYC's streets go the wayside.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        One word: Checker
        fabulous71
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        They're (Crown Vic's) are dinosaurs, that's why. Nothing stays the same forever and the Crown Vic, unfortunately, doesn't offer the amenities, space, or fuel economy of the NV Taxi.
      Pininfarina
      • 1 Year Ago
      Having recently driven and rode in the NV200 taxi, I must say it makes for a very good Manhattan taxi cab. It has large cabin, small footprint, very efficient, maneuvers well and seems easy to maintain. Not to mention most old Crown Vics are starting to smell terrible.
        Scr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pininfarina
        They are going to be horrible and expensive to maintain like pretty much any Nissan with a CVT.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scr
          @chanonissan: Baseless? Hardly. Nissan's issues with it's CVT are widely known, from shuddering to noises to outright failure. And these aren't old, high-mileage examples, these are brand new 2013s. So what if other crappy Japanese carmakers use the same CVT? What does that prove?
          billfrombuckhead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scr
          Chrysler dumped the Jatco CVT, switched to Hyundai in the shortrun for Dart and ComPatriot and will switch again to ZF 9 speed transmissions.
          Cool Disco Dan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scr
          Man I have a 2010 Sentra with almost 100k miles and haven't had issues at all with anything except I can't connect my new phone to the bluetooth.
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pininfarina
        Of course a new car is going to smell better than an old car. Give these a few years, they'll eventually smell the same.
          Big Squid
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesse Gurr
          Well, you gotta hose 'em out every few weeks.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much government oversight so little common sense.
      Mudotaku
      • 1 Year Ago
      So NY got a Mexican built car with a foreign nameplate. Awesome time to be an American.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugly but quite utilitarian.
      sloanm101
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why doesn't Bloomberg just purchase the NV200 himself? Bloomberg is the rich mayor in the world.
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sloanm101
        If you think Bloomberg is bad do some research on his replacement DeBlasio..................Nensi Pelosi is a legitimate moderate compared to him. He is THAT far left.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sloanm101
        Would look good parked next to his Audi R8 and obligatory Suburban. LOL
      lne937s
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Bloomberg wanted to make the mandate stick, all they would essentially need to do is mandate some of the things Nissan did to win the contract. So mandate passing crash testing for rear occupants with the partition in place, minimum rear leg room, etc. One of the things that lost Ford the contract was a refusal to crash test (which would not be cheap). Then operators could either buy the NV200 or competitors would have to develop/offer a product that meets/exceeds those minimum specification.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Crown Vic may have an iconic look, but it is seriously out of date as a taxicab. Tons of rear legroom is its main virtue. In ride, seat comfort, amenities, and accessibility is it outclassed by most of the other taxi options in NYC. There are many reasons why a compact, tall, 4-cyl vehicle with sliding doors makes a lot of sense as a New York taxi. In that area, there are basically three options: the NV200 (made in Mexico), the Transit Connect (which will soon be made in Spain), and the Mazda 5 (Japan). The current Transit Connect has 15% US/Canadian content, similar to that of the Mexican-made Nissan Versa and probably similar to the figure for the NV200. (I don't see an NHTSA figure for the NV200 yet.) That's the nature of the global market today.
        Neez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cpmanx
        The Crown vic has horrible leg room for a vehicle of it's size. It's a body on frame design and not space efficient at all. The reason why it's a staple of the cab industry is because people buy them for less than $5k from police auctions. Departments usually get rid of them at 100k miles but they still have plenty of life left. This helps to keep costs down and profits up, but don't get me wrong. Cabbies still aren't rich, it's an honest living once everyone else takes their cut, cab companies, and taxes. Requring them to purchase $30k vehicle is an insult of politicians like bloomberg dictating what to do instead of leading people. Asking them to buy used prius's or convert a used NV200 is more realistic as costs will be only slightly higher, and parts will be plentiful. Asking them to buy a much lower volume proprietary dedicated taxi vehicle is going to drive up taxi rates and cause people to really consider buying their own car or taking the subway instead in certain situations.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing worse than a lane duck paddling against the tide. They just don't know when to quit.
      dreadcthulhu01
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet the five operators who bought these NV200 will very quickly memorize where NYC's school & non-profits for the blind are.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        You're right, we want a good loking taxi, not an efficient one.
          dreadcthulhu01
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance
          The NV200 isn't all that efficient; it is rated at 24 mpg city; the current Transit Connect (very similar in size to the NV200) is rated at 22 mpg city, and this is with the older 2.0L & 4 speed auto - next year's model is getting a 6 speed plus newer engines and will undoubtedly match or beat the NV200's city number. And it is going to have a natural gas version too, for even lower operating cost Plus if you want efficient, cab operators should be able to buy hybrids, which will get you 40mpg or more in the city easily. The Prius, Camry, C-Max, and Fusion hybrids make perfectly fine cabs.
          Technoir
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance
          NV200 is utilitarian and good for taxi use, but it's unfortunate that it only gets 24mpg. It should get 35mpg+...........
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