The Japanese automaker has a long history producing taxi cars for the specialized service at home in Japan – they first initiated the lineage with the Model AA from 1936.
They are now ready to present in front of the worldwide audience of the Tokyo Motor Show the “JPN Taxi,” a people carrier that resembles the famous Black Cabs from London from afar. The people carrier does share the traits – tall roof and longer wheelbase to make sure the persons in the cabin have comfort and space. It also boasts a low, flat floor and wide opening thanks to a large rear sliding door. Just like the aforementioned Black Cab, the design is not what you would call groundbreaking, the company taking inspiration from the Japan-only Crown large sedan for the front end. The JPN Taxi does get a powerful vintage vibe thanks to the front fender mounted side mirrors.
Toyota is allowing clients to select an entry-level Nagomi and high-end Takumi specification, the latter packing things such as bi-LED headlights as well as vertical lights on the D-pillars. Inside there are large windows, 401 liters of cargo in the trunk, wheelchair accommodation and LED illumination on the outer rear seats. Safety was also of prime concern, with six airbags as standard equipment and the Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C) array. The JPN Taxi is powered by a 1.5-liter engine compatible with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for good fuel economy (19.4 kilometers (12 miles) / liter in Japan’s JC08 test cycle).