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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg October 2011

Nissan is set to host a design expo for its NV200 'Taxi of Tomorrow' that is set to replace the city's outdated fleet.

Four years ago, New York started a program to come up with a new vehicle to replace the Ford Crown Victoria as the transportation weapon of choice. After years of testing and multiple designs, Nissan's NV200 was announced as the winning vehicle earlier this year.

Starting on Nov. 1, the New York public will be able to get a close up look at what is sure to be a major part of their day-to-day lives in the near future. The event will run for four days and will be held at the pedestrian plaza across from the iconic Flatiron building.

There, New Yorkers will be able to interact with the new cab and learn about its many new features.

"Nissan's NV200 Taxi will be the first taxi in the world to offer new and iconic features developed for, and with, New Yorkers," said Joe Castelli, Nissan's commercial vehicle VP. "The Taxi of Tomorrow Design Expo will offer a first look at these one-of-a-kind amenities, which include increased legroom, plenty of interior lighting, and materials that reduce odors and germs while supporting sustainability."

The first NV200 fare flag will drop sometime in 2013, and will be in service for at least the next 10 years.

As part of the program, Nissan will also be supplying six Leaf electric cars to the taxi pool. Using data and feedback from these cars, the company hopes it can pave the way for a gasoline-free fleet.

Down the road, Nissan may even be able to produce some all-electric NV200s. For now though, a more conventional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will power the 'Taxi of Tomorrow'. And while it does run on gasoline, it will offer almost twice the fuel efficiency over the old V8 engine found under the hood of Ford's Crown Vic.

Other cool features include charging outlets and a large panoramic sunroof for enjoying New York's amazing architecture from the street level.

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Nissan to Show Off 'Taxi of Tomorrow' at Design Expo - Autotrader