All hail the new New York City cab

The new Nissan cab has more knee room than any taxi in New York’s history.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled New York’s new taxi model yesterday, choosing the Nissan prototype pictured at right. This is what the city’s entire fleet will look like in future years.

The mayor preferred Nissan, but it was not the people’s choice. In a “Taxi of Tomorrow” competition led by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, Turkish carmaker Karsan’s model was voted the most popular out of 23,000 votes.

Last month, the carmaker even promised to built its fleet in Brooklyn, bringing much-needed jobs and industry to the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

Politicians have railed against the mayor’s decision, saying Bloomberg missed an opportunity to create jobs. That’s a huge oversight in a city where there is 8.9 percent unemployment, said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

The Nissan NV200 will be built in Mexico, and the “taxification” of the vehicle will be done in New York, such as adding the partitions and installing the cab light on top.

The mayor defended his choice, saying he doubted Karsan’s ability to deliver the vehicles.

“The Karsan plan was just not practical,” said Bloomberg.

Bloomberg touted NV200’s low cost and energy technology as major factors. Each model costs approximately $29,000 — and by 2017, there could be an entire fleet of electric-powered vehicles.

Follow Emily Anne Epstein on Twitter at @EmilyatMetro.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…