Hailing Nissan’s cab

Nissan has announced a new London taxi and it is based, let us not mince words here, on a van. Styled at Nissan’s European design centre in Paddington, it will go on sale at the end of this year powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine. Perhaps more significant for operators will be an electric version that goes on sale next year.

Interestingly, and despite the fact that all London taxis have been diesel powered for decades, no diesel version of the new cab has been announced. Nissan cites lower levels of NOx and particulate emissions.

Although this version of the taxi has been designed for London, it is part of a global taxi programme that already includes New York, Barcelona and Tokyo.