The New York City officials are a step closer to determining which taxi you'll be hailing in the future.

Yesterday New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg gave a preview of the three designs competing to become the next official NYC taxi. Nisssan, Ford, and Turkish manufacturer Karsan are offering designs that are more minivan based rather than resembling a passenger car. The reason for the competition is to find a successor to the discontinued Ford Crown Victoria and the mixed collection of hybrid cars and sport utility vehicles that are temporarily filling in.

Nissan’s entry is based on their compact NV200 Vanette currently sold in Japan. The exterior design is essentially unchanged except for signage and the distinctive yellow paint job. The proposed interior provides rear passengers with a single bench seat and open cargo area. Working in Nissan favor is the generous legroom provided for rear passengers as well as the potential electric technology transfer from the plug-in Leaf to the new cab.

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