New London Black Cab: Nissan Ditches Diesel
Diesel engines are to be ditched in a new version of the London black cab, which has been launched by Japanese carmaker Nissan.
The company promised that its new 1.6 litre petrol-engine taxi will be cleaner than the current diesel cabs used in the capital and regional areas.
The new taxi comes with round headlamps, a re-modelled grille and new front-bumper panels.
It is a remodelled version of the vehicle first unveiled in August 2012, with modifications made following feedback from the office of London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The new taxi has been developed by Nissan's European design centre in Paddington, west London - the same design centre responsible for the Qashqai and Juke car models.
Nissan has ensured the latest version adheres to the strict Transport for London regulations governing the capital's black cabs, known officially as Hackney Carriages, including the tight 25-foot turning circle.
Equipped with an automatic transmission and a traditional orange taxi sign, the new cab is expected to go on sale in December.
The new Nissan design has been launched less than a year after Chinese carmaker Geely bought Coventry-based cab maker Manganese Bronze in a deal worth £11m.
The purchase was made after Manganese Bronze was placed in administration in 2012.
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