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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 12:02:15 PM

If you didn't know, New York City has spent months and months looking over possible designs for new taxis and has recently announced the winner... Nissan!

According to the New York Daily News, "The Japanese automaker has been selected to produce the "Taxi of Tomorrow" after submitting a bid based on its NV200 minivan design, sources said.

Mayor Bloomberg is set to make the announcement Tuesday morning at City Hall."

The contest pitted Nissan against American automaker Ford and Turkish automaker Karsan. NYC officials said the winner would get a ten year contract to provide NYC with taxis to ferry around the millions of tourists and residents that NYC boasts.

According to the New York Daily News, NYC...

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67Lane
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2011 12:49:37 PM

What about the MV-1 made in South Bend Indiana's Hummer plant?
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SWGC3000
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2011 12:47:13 PM

Where are the pics of the other choices?
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SWGC3000
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2011 12:39:56 PM

way to go BLOOMIE ... you MORON
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gasokie
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2011 12:09:09 PM

What happened to Bloomburg's concern about the balance of payments, the value of the dollar and buying from someone....say....like Ford?
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weezer769
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2011 11:01:32 PM

Always a foreign make....what happened to being patriotic and loyal to your country
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gasokie
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2011 11:42:55 AM

Is NYC the only city anyplace...that selects their taxis? Everywhere else the taxi companies just go and buy some and the city has no say. How come?
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MrLucky7NY
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2011 3:22:13 PM

I sincerely hope these taxis wil be built in the US. If not, shame on NYC for exporting even MORE jobs out of this country. Nice going Bloomie.
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MrLucky7NY
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2011 3:20:34 PM

I sincerely hope the cabs are built in the US. If not, shame on NYC for exporting more jobs out of the contry.
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OHMS
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2011 2:07:58 PM

BHO, how will this boost jobs in Deetroit ? Veto this decision.
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nate31379
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2011 5:25:55 PM

A foreign car in the great American city.
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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2011 6:13:40 PM

To the Victor, goes the spoils
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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2011 6:13:05 PM

Fair Level Playing Field
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: May 18, 2011 9:10:51 PM

If NYC doesn't support American Made...what kind of message does this send? Is there anything wrong with something like the Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country? Both are fine mini vans and are made mostly in Detroit.
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bigt61
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 2:48:09 PM

Will the CVT transmission that Nissan uses hold up during long term heavy duty usage? I guess we'll see.

[Edited by: bigt61 at 5/4/2011 2:48:44 PM EST]
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SandSpiderII
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 1:56:53 PM

Neat!
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us412
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 1:37:46 PM

Good choice!
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CivicMindedCA
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:57:15 PM

I didn't think any of the designs looked all that great, but I'm glad they went with the most fuel-efficient option. Still wish that could have been the Ford though.
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Justan_Islander
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 4:38:47 AM

Must be an attempt to look like India's largest city, Mumbai. ... Or to make their taxi drivers feel at home!
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TBONE3
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:16:24 AM

Can you imagine riding this in Manhattan traffic?? They look a little too light for NYC.
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tedjm1
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:13:06 AM

I wonder what happened to buy American? I guess NYC does not care.
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Quick68
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:08:04 AM

Yes New York what ever you do don't buy American. People like this should go out of business.
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geminijax
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:07:57 AM

RHNA1997, many govt bodies (incl. the feds) buy nothing but US nameplates. That means they're a captive customer. That means there are less choices and less incentive for US automakers to be competitive/innovative. Do keep in mind we, the taxpayers, pay for all the auto purchases, maintenance, etc. that govt. bodies make.

Competition is good for us!
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PummpinEthyl
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:06:29 AM

what color
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Cheney
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:05:50 AM

nothing like a London (UK) cab, but NYC seems to be emulating.
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RHNA1997
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:03:50 AM

just great....nothing like buying American
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rxman1
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:03:08 AM

Why can't they buy whatever vehicle they want to use anyway?
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96sc1
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Message Posted: May 4, 2011 12:01:36 AM

Will Japan recover sufficiently to build them?
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:57:08 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:46:08 PM

ugly
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satrn38mpg
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:43:29 PM

another job exported ?? just what we dont need >>cant any of our states/big cities buy american ??
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RitaVespa
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:42:36 PM

We should have gone American
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:37:42 PM

Go American
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UseLessGasFolks
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:34:41 PM


I hope they get good mileage but I think they should have went with an American car.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:31:06 PM

what ever works and gets decent mileage and has room for the passengers then it should be a win - win situation for the taxi companies
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:28:21 PM

Guess they have given it some good thought.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:19:39 PM


Are all NYC taxis in one city-owned system? It sure sounds that way. Anywhere else each private company would choose whatever it thought best for its customers and drivers. NY is a one-size-fits-all city?!
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mwo
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:19:23 PM

What a waste of US possibilities
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:17:35 PM

OK
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 11:16:21 PM

This is the future today.
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RickythePilot
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 10:50:02 PM

From the Associated Press:

"Ford had planned to build its vehicles overseas, while Nissan plans to build them in Mexico then put final touches on them at a New York City-area facility. About 70 percent of Nissan vehicles sold in the U.S. are made in the U.S., according to the automaker."
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RickythePilot
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 10:27:26 PM

I would've picked the Karsan design. It was more futuristic and cooler but before any company can compete I would make them build the vehicle here in America. I hope that this Nissa is built in a plant here. Ford, like any other large company, is not an "American company". They are an international conglomerate that has closed plants in America at the same time they open new plants in other countries.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 8:38:34 PM

Way to keep the American people employed buy FOREIGN that's the American way!
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 4:21:30 PM

Heard on the radio news today that it will be built in Mexico.
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Naturenut99
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 4:16:01 PM

Should have picked Ford.
But at least it's an improvement over what they had.
The panoramic roof and power outlets are a definite plus.
Not to mention the jump from 12~13 mpg to 24 mpg.
Although they should have even found something even more efficient than that.
The Ford Escape Hybrid does better than that and has at least as much room as a mini-van.

[Edited by: Naturenut99 at 5/3/2011 4:19:48 PM EST]
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rfaramir
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 3:59:57 PM

Since when is a city government picking taxi designs? This will please no one, be inefficient, and reduces freedom. Don't stand for it! Let the free market participants do this for themselves.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 1:38:39 PM

Mayor Bloomberg and city hall should have picked from a list of US Auto makers only and he needs to leave our 2nd amendments alone.

Vote em out in 2012
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chris85am
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 12:44:23 PM

Sad that they did go with a American made taxi.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 12:26:16 PM

They should be Buying U.S.A.! sad...
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Teeds
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Message Posted: May 3, 2011 12:13:21 PM

Don't they have a plant in the US.

Should this be a criteria for getting the contract? Not certain, but it would seem to be important to me. Of course, if it is a union plant the price might be too high.
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