As far as beasts of burden go, New York City's new – and much malignedNissan NV200 "Taxi of Tomorrow" isn't a bad one. It's space efficient, reasonably economical, and its simple construction should mean it's pretty robust over the long haul, too. But it lacks panache and a sense of occasion – let alone a sense of humor – three things this this Toyota JPN Taxi Concept we found at the Tokyo Motor Show has in spades.

Unfortunately, that's about all the information we have on this cheeky London-taxi-inspired showcar. Toyota hasn't provided much in the way of details, other than to proclaim that the five-seat JPN was "created with Japanese hospitality in mind" and it "aims to enliven city streets." Japan's livery landscape has long been occupied by traditional three-box sedans – models like the Toyota Crown and Nissan Cedric. The JPN Taxi at just over 171 inches would appear to offer both a tighter footprint and added whimsy, both of which are in the automaker's favor; we hear it hopes this concept will one day become the country's own version of America's yellow Crown Vic cab.

Toyota isn't providing powertrain specifications, but we like the airy feeling of the interior (Japanese cabs typically don't have cumbersome partitions between cabbie and passengers), the minimalist driver area with three screens, and the widescreen overhead video system for passengers that bookends the panoramic moonroof. Check it out in our gallery of live shots and let us know what you think in Comments.
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A next-generation taxi concept car created with Japanese hospitality in mind, the JPN Taxi Concept aims to enliven city streets.

Name
JPN Taxi Concept
Length 4,350mm
Width 1,695mm
Height 1,700mm
Wheelbase 2,750mm
Occupancy 5


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      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do it in all electric or use a Prius drive train and that would make not only a great cab but a neat little family car, like the large windows and great interior space.
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      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Terrific looking Cab, very good potential for hybrid, or even EV power-train. ( and reflective of Japanese society that the driver doesn't need protection from passengers.
      Dean
      • 1 Year Ago
      If available, I think I'd consider driving one as my daily driver. It'd be fun to have a quirky, decent looking, car.
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      pretty cool looking and looks very simple inside.
      JB
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what exactly what London needs. Looks so much better than the current TXII. Still instantly recognisable as a London-style taxi without being too retro.
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JB
        @ JB Sadly, the UK Labour government allowed London Cabs, with it's valuable EV technology developed at great expense to be cheaply sold the the PRC.
      ehisforadam
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like Toyota's returning to their roots of ripping off other people's designs.
      me_not_you
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are a lot of elements I like in the design, but overall it is ugly. I think if the body crease to boneline transition were less gradual. Moving the crease up to the top of the front wheel arch straight back to the top of the rear wheel arch would add visual weight to balance the wonderfully large green house. Second the tranistion from the top of the front door to the middle slinding door and from the middle slidding door is awkward. The solid section of the front door needs to be raised to meet the middle door at a higher point. The top of the rear quarter glass should be angled, starting from its current position where it meets the back glass rising to where its top rounded corner is level with the top of the JPN Taxi sign.
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @me_not_you
        I wish I could rate your comment higher, not because I agree, but because it's a well written critique of the design. You describe the aspects you like/dislike, and why, and what you think could be done to improve the design. It's refreshing to read a comment that is not 'Looks like a turd, dur hur hur...'.
      michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even Toyota's concept cars are dull and uninteresting down to their last grommet.
      Boogaloo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does anyone remember when cars had windows you could see out of? I sure wish I could get a nice compact crossover with windows like this.
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      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks great
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