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Meet the new London Taxi: hybrid TX5 black cab revealed

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Crisp    3,271
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Meet the new London Taxi: hybrid TX5 black cab revealed

 

Cleaner, greener, more practical and similar enough to the classic black cab to avoid upsetting the purists, the new London Taxi is here!

 

London’s black cab is a globally recognised icon. Like the red phone box, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, London’s famous Hackney Carriage has lined the streets of our capital for decades, with the most recent model remaining largely unchanged for almost 20 years.

 

Now though, current owner of the London Taxi Company (LTC), Geely, has debuted an all-new model for 2017 – called the TX5 – complete with a super-efficient hybrid powertrain, enough room for six passengers, and a bold new look. The new black cab be built at the company’s state-of-the-art production facility in Warwickshire, following a substantial £300m investment programme.

 

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PGHammer    1,482

So they are purpose-built (like Checker Motors USA used to do).  I suspected as much.

 

While "Checker" is a common name for taxicab companies, it was also the name of a company that built vehicles expressly for that use.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checker_Motors_Corporation

 

 

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tsupersonic    1,816

Interesting car, like the LED accents.

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+Gary7    7,372

Six passengers in a Taxi? It does not look that cool at first but then it grows on you.

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