Nissan plans to become the exclusive supplier of cars for taxi in New York faced serious difficulties. Recall that the Japanese company offered Nissan NV200 minivan as Taxi, while the former mayor of the “Big Apple” Michael Bloomberg dreamed that the taxi fleet in the city became unified. Therefore, the parties signed a contract for 10 years, according to which Nissan would be the exclusive provider of taxi cars. But, “went wrong”, as they say, from the first day.
First of all, this turn of events did not accept more associations Taxi, which did not please the lack of choice. According to one of the representatives of the association, they are not against NV200 from Nissan, but they are against monopoly and lack of competition. They think that you could just set the standards, and if other automakers wanted to, they could offer their own versions.
In addition, in any and legal issues. The requirements for a taxi was previously registered, that cars should be available in both petrol and hybrid versions, but the Nissan NV200 is available only in petrol format. For this reason, in May 2013 the court ruled that taxi companies can buy all sorts of models of hybrid cars, but should only buy petrol Nissan NV200. After all, summer was restored gasoline taxi monopoly, but as a matter turns on – hard to say.
Note that Nissan “did not work” and with the formation of the London taxi. The Japanese company has spent a lot of effort to meet the standards of many of London’s taxi, but the recent introduction of the “zone of zero emissions” in the city center and the tightening of environmental regulations has made all previous efforts in vain. Nevertheless, the minivan is used as a taxi in some other European cities.