F ure of its two new US taxi models, Ford claims particularly low fuel consumption. According to the strict EPA rating (Environmental Protection Agency), the taxi version of the Transit Connect with a 1.5-liter diesel engine should get by with 7.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. Ford will announce the final consumption in 2019.
There is space for five people in the Transit Connect. The manufacturer specifies the trunk volume as 1,699 liters. Ford emphasizes that this is more than the Nissan NV200. The second row of the Transit Connect can be lowered. Thanks to the low floor, the car should be easy to enter. For a surcharge, wheelchair access can be added to the taxi ex works. Reversing sensors are standard.
Taxi -Special features are the serial cabling for the connection of a taximeter and a preparation on the roof to be able to attach a taxi sign there. The Transit Connect Taxi can also be painted in US school bus yellow ex works.
The taxi version of the Ford Fusion (similar to a European Ford Mondeo) comes with a hybrid drive that is said to consume 6.2 liters per 100 kilometers. As a special highlight, Ford equips the taxi version of the Fusion with many heavy-duty components to make the car for the toughTo make everyday taxi life fit. The durability should be comparable to that of a Ford Police Responder Hybrid thanks to, for example, a reinforced and higher chassis, reinforced brakes and special steel rim wheels. Inside, the buyer can choose between a robust fabric cover or vinyl covers. As standard, the Fusion Hybrid is on the road as a taxi with a reversing camera, a preparation for the installation of a taximeter and a preparation for a roof taxi sign. Like the Transit Connect, the Fusion Hybrid is available ex works in US school bus yellow.
Sales of the two new Ford taxis will begin at the end of 2018.
The selection process took a long time and met with great international media coverage: In 2011, New York's then mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the Nissan NV200 was the model of choice for all New Yorkers Be a taxi driver. Until then, the drivers mainly relied on the comfortable Ford Crown Victoria, an old-school sedan equipped with a V8. The last generation of the Ford was no longer sold to private individuals in the USA from 2007, 2011 was also the end for authorities and taxi drivers. At the time, New York's taxi and limousine commission liked the station wagon version of the Nissan NV200 panel van because it was spacious and comparatively modern, had USB ports and a sunroof, which was particularly beneficial for the passengers in the back when driving through New York's street canyons gave beautiful views. According to the New York Times, it was estimated that over 80 percent of New York's 13,000 taxis (over 10,400) would be a Nissan NV200. Now, seven years later, there are just 2,671 NV200 taxis (around 20.55 percent) driving through New York.
The New York Taxi and Limo Commission now has its Recommended list revised and expanded to 31 models. The NV200 is still included, but will become less important. The list includes models popular in the United States such as the Toyota Camry and Ford Taurus. 13 of the 31 models alone come from Toyota.
Drivers dissatisfied with Nissan NV200
The decision not to recommend the Nissan NV200 as the sole model was made according to New York Times by taxi drivers and welcomed their representatives. According to the daily newspaper, the drivers found the chassis uncomfortable and said that the consumption was too high. Often there would have been mechanical problems and that only four people could fit in the car was not enough for the drivers. The New York Times quotes 60-year-old Sergio Cabrera, who as a taxi driver switched to an NV200 after three Ford Crown Victoria in 2012. Cabrera says older people have had problems getting into the NV200. In addition, after every quarterly inspection required for taxis, he would have had to spend 1,500 dollars (around 1,300 euros) on repairs I have expanded the list of permitted taxi models. After all, the taxi industry in the USA is under massive pressure from travel agents such as Uber and Lift.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a ten-year contract with Nissan in 2011. Experts estimated that the contract was worth around a billion dollars. This contract is likely to continue, but is no longer worth a billion dollars.