New York City: Nissan NV200 Taxi to be unveiled Nov 1 image

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has chosen Nissan’s NV200 minivan to be its next taxicab, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced back on May.

Now, the New Yorkers will get their first peek inside the Nissan NV200 Taxi at the Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow Design Expo, Nov. 1-5.

For the first time, visitors will have the chance to experience first-of-a-kind interior features that incorporate ideas gathered from thousands of New York taxi owners, drivers, passengers and residents.

“For the first time, we’ll have a taxicab that wasn’t ‘off the rack’, but rather custom-tailored to create the best fit for the drivers, owners and passengers of our city,” Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said.

It beat both a new Ford van design and another by Karsan, a Turkish company, which did not have enough experience in the American market to convince officials.

The first vehicles are expected to hit the road near the end of 2013 and will be phased in over five years as taxis are replaced.

The Commission is a New York City government agency that is best known for its responsibility for the more than 13,237 taxis operating in the city.