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Jim Brennan April 4, 2012 New York Auto Show 19 Comments

Kamil, as a Taxi Driver. I wonder where Jodi Foster is...

Well, here I am with Kamil and Jeff shooting the crap about what is on the floor. I have been concentrating on the very unusual and offbeat vehicles, along with other vehicles that are not covered anywhere. So let’s start with a couple of interesting vehicles that I like, and maybe so will you…

This is the new Nissan NV 200, the new van that will be the new NY Taxi next year. While everyone else was getting pictures of the Taxi version, I went downstairs an have this undisguised civilian version that will be available this fall. No, the doors don’t open…

Sitting right next to the NV 200, is a new passenger version of the NV 3500. This truck actually looks sharp, and will be a very competitive contender now that the Econoline is on its last year. This is an 8 passenger version, but rumors are that there will be an 11 passenger version soon.

This is the Taxi version of the MV-1, which offers true flexibility for disabled passengers, unlike the NV 200. Yes, that’s a wheelchair ramp, and the doors open wide enough for ease of entry. Just don’t tell the maker that it’s really ugly.

This honey was at the Chevrolet Impala reveal, and one has to ask why Chevy just doesn’t built this again. It is a 1966 Impala, with the giant 427 CID V-8 under the hood, a proper 4-speed manual, bucket seats, and A/C. All this in one of the most alluring shapes on the floor. I will get shots of the new Impala later, but for now, I am going to explore more.

  • Devin

    The Impala has reminded me of pictures of the new Impala, which I think looks super weird. I wonder if everything that I find odd about it will remain strange in person.

    • Smells_Homeless

      I think it looks like a Buick, which is to say it looks like it was built for China, which is to say – ass. But that's just one man's opinion. I wasn't in the market for either one.

      • Devin

        I'm not in the market either, but I find myself staring at it a surprising amount, wondering just why they gave it, for example, the weird hood line which is way higher than the headlights, or the goofy way the trunk is cut, or the character line that appears to be emphasizing the rear wheels, even though it's front drive, and the line doesn't make sense anyway.

        The design fills me with questions that I'm not sure there's a sensible answer for.

  • $kaycog

    I have big frown on my face for that NYC taxi. But that beautiful '66 Impala turned the frown into a smile.

    • PotbellyJoe

      Yeah, in the yellow paint, it really screams "Short Bus" which I assume the company would not want as their image.

  • julkinen

    We the headline image: "I only speak two languages. English and bad english" and "Boom. Big bada boom."

    • "Negative, I am a meat Popsicle."

      • RahRahRecords

        love that film

  • salguod

    I've seen an MV-1 in the wild this past summer in Springfield MO:

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    Yeah, it's ugly, but serves its intended market well.

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  • PotbellyJoe

    Aren't the Econolines being replaced by full-size Transits? T-150, T-250, T-350?

    I seem to remember reading about that somewhere.

    As for Nissan Jumping into that market. Good luck. It's not huge (~200,000 units annually) and it's split among pretty loyal groups of contractors, churches and universities. Any idea on sales projections?

  • $kaycog

    And I think Ford should have gotten the contract.

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    • Vavon

      And I think Peugeot should havee gotten the contract… Hahaha!!!
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      • $kaycog

        Well, would you look at that! But I think you're partial.

  • Vavon

    Never mind, just discovered it's a Plymouth Satelite thanks to: …

  • Ahh, the dreaded Allpar anti-hotlink image.

    • Vavon

      I hate that! So I deleted it, hahaha!

  • smokyburnout

    I saw my first MV-1 on the road yesterday. There's a . Personally, I don't find it any uglier than the Nissan, it's just differently ugly.

  • Dr.Fine

    I thought NYC used mad mad world Plymouths 50 years ago, but apparently they used everything.

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