It’s official – New York City will soon be getting a fleet of new fuel-efficient Nissan taxis. New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission recently approved regulations requiring the replacement of retiring taxicab vehicles with the Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow. The approval makes the Nissan NV200, which is more fuel-efficient than the city’s current taxi fleet cars, the taxicab of New York City. The regulation sets a new standard for vehicles operating on the streets of New York beginning in October 2013.

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The first Nissan taxis will hit New York streets in late 2013, with the exclusive agreement set to last for at least a decade. Powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, the Nissan NV200 is designed to reduce carbon emissions and enhance fuel efficiency across the entire taxi fleet, as old models are replaced.

“Nissan is appreciative of the opportunity to provide the City of New York with the next-generation of its iconic yellow taxi,” said Joe Castelli, vice president, commercial vehicles and fleet, Nissan North America Inc. “We’re looking forward to working side-by-side with the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission to deliver the safest and most comfortable taxi ever to be on the streets of New York. The Nissan NV200 Taxi will deliver unprecedented innovation and vehicle features to the 13,000-strong taxi fleet.”

“The Taxi of Tomorrow is a little closer to today,” said NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission Chair David Yassky. “Today’s vote paves the way for a safer, more comfortable, convenient and fun ride than New Yorkers have ever known. Today’s culminating vote may have been five years in the making but feels like a new beginning and leaves us even more excited and energized about the future!”

Besides its more efficient powertrain, the NV200 also offers passengers new features like antimicrobial seat fabric, a mobile charging station, overhead reading lights and independently controlled rear air conditioning. Get ready to say goodbye to the countless Ford Crown Victoria and Escape taxis that currently crowd New York City’s streets.

+ Nissan