It's quite sad and verging on really pathetic really. Can the iconic Yellow Cab of New York be replaced by some family type mini van? This new Nissan NV200 taxi features a 2.0liter four cylinder engine, a transparent roof panel for more light into the interior, a charging station for passengers and something which I really like; a 'low annoyance horn with exterior lights to indicate that the taxi is honking'. Imaging on a traffic jammed evening in New York city and these new for 2013 onwards Nissan taxis start honking their horns in unison. You will get lights as well as sound (that is supposedly less irritating). More colors in New York at night.
So anyway, for ten or so years from 2013 onwards, the iconic Yellow Cab of New York will be vans. It is as simple as that. Yes, the new taxis will certainly be more fuel efficient than the usual Fords and Chevrolets that are used. They would be more space efficient and practical too. But would the iconic image still stay? It would be like replacing the London Black Cabs with Proton Sagas. Or replacing the Merlion statue with a Merlion that looks like Garfield's head instead of a proper lion's head and then stating that the reason it is done so because the statue is old and it needed a freshing up.
The times are a changin'. So when we visit New York come 2013, be prepared to ride in MPVs instead of something that looks like a traditional New York Cab. Nothing is sacred these days. Couldn't someone come up with a traditional looking taxi with modern hybrid engines and other modern tech deep within its skin but look all traditional?