Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Nissan NV200 Taxi in Hong Kong. The new taxi launch was celebrated with several groups, including Direction Association for the Handicapped, which provides assistance to the elderly and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
The new NV200 Taxi offers barrier-free access to taxi riders in Hong Kong thanks to the award-winning* universal design layout. Among the riders who may benefit from this new taxi concept are wheelchair users, who can easily roll on and off the taxi through the back door via a ramp. More than 750 units of the NV200 Taxi with universal design are already operating in Japan.
"We are delighted to see the universal design taxi from Nissan on the road in Hong Kong. This barrier-free mode of transportation will be offered through a regular taxi service. I am confident that this new taxi will offer more transportation choices to all people in Hong Kong," said Lee Yuen Tai, Chairman of the Direction Association for the Handicapped, at the unveiling ceremony.
The NV200 Taxi is based on the popular Nissan NV200, a multi-purpose commercial vehicle that has garnered worldwide recognition and awards. Recently launched in the United States as the next-generation Yellow Cab in New York City, the NV200 Taxi delivers outstanding comfort and safety features, and operates with best-in-category cost of ownership.
The new taxi offers an innovative yet functional cabin that unites comfort with hospitality. The taxi is powered by both gasoline and LPG. The bi-fuel system allows this next-generation taxi to deliver improved fuel economy and driving range. This LPG system is common in Europe and comes to Hong Kong for the first time with this new taxi. The new system reduces approximately 80 percent** of NOx from the emission compared to conventional mono-fuel LPG models.
Fifty units of the NV200 Taxi will be delivered to Hong Kong and will start operating in early 2015.
The Nissan NV200 is sold throughout the world, including Japan, Europe, China and the United States. It has been praised by customers for its spacious interior, excellent fuel economy, superb road performance and attractive design.
*NV200 is a recipient of the Universal Design Award 2011 and the Universal Design Consumer Favorite Award 2011 by Universal Design GmbH*
*Based on the test by Japan Automobile Transport Technology Association’s test of the NV200 against the 2007 Cedric LPG*