Despite the Taxi and Limousine Commission of New York City deciding to say goodbye to its famous Crown Victoria — Ford, surprisingly, has managed to grab themselves a part of the pie. Even though Nissan’s truck cab are known as the signature cab of the Big Apple, the Commission may authorize the use of alternative vehicles for use in the fleet.
Still, it was a surprise when they gave their approval to the Transit Connect to offer a taxi with a gasoline engine of 2.0 liters. The alternative choice of the blue oval model leaves the door open to future versions of public service vehicles with natural gas or electric motors.
Currently the fleet of taxis in New York City consists of three cars: the iconic long battle Crown Victoria, Ford Escape Hybrid (as a clear vehicle) and the Toyota Sienna (service for wheelchair users). Approval to the Ford Transit also opens the question of what happens to the Turkish Karsan V1, made from scratch to replace the current New York yellow cabs, and despite having favor with the public, it has been set aside without further explanation.
Authorities in New York City yesterday approved for use as commercial vehicle cab Ford Transit Connect, whose production has been recently granted to the factory of the multinational oval Almussafes. For its part, the Ministry of Development and Ford Spain have established a task force to study the possibility of transporting the output of the factory by rail Almussafes.
The first Ford Transit Connect,have already entered service in New York, where they will change one of the immortalized silhouettes of the ‘Big Apple’ and that of their taxis. In any case, an excellent image operation to the Blue Oval is also business as it in the coming months will be added to the fleet of about 400 units.
In its first year on sale, Ford set aside about 1,000 taxis and Transit Connect and the U.S. market for the vehicles represents about 6,000 units a year — although in this case it seems crucial that the model is on the street 24 hours. A few years ago, you may remember the draft EuroTaxi, which did not seem to have stuck.
However, creating a competition among brands to present their projects according to specifications that weights the interior space, ease of access for elderly and low emissions seems a fairly logical and simple step.
Other U.S. cities where taxi users will be able to see this new public transport vehicle are Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Tampa, Fla., Orlando, Fla., Hartford, Conn. and West Haven, Conn. Also, agencies have recently approved its use in Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia in a clear demonstration of industrial nationalism.