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Skoda Rally Car Gives Taxi Passengers More Than They Bargained For 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Film, Rally Cars, Skoda Fabia, Skoda Videos, taxi, video on 12 25th, 2017


We expect taxis to be clean and comfortable. We expect the drivers to be punctual and professional. We don’t expect a lot of excitement from the ride, but that’s just what a handful of passengers in Prague got recently.

Skoda dispatched five-time Czeck Rally Champion (and onetime European champ) Jan Kopecký in one of its Fabia R5 rally cars to pick up passengers at taxi stands around the city and take them for what will likely be the ride of their lives.

“Driving a ŠKODA FABIA R5 through the city of Prague really was an unique experience,” said Kopecký. “Luckily nobody got stomach problems. Nevertheless I was well prepared having sickness bags in ŠKODA colours on board,” he laughed.

In lieu of cab fare, each of the 23 passengers was tasked with reading Kopecký the pace notes and operating the wipers so they could experience what it’s like to be a rally co-driver.

It was a fitting year-end celebration for the Czech manufacturer that won both the national championship and the WRC2 category for the third time running, making the Fabia R5 the undisputed king of its class.

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Uber Is As A Taxi Service, EU Court Rules 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, taxi, Uber on 12 20th, 2017


Uber should be classified and regulated like other taxi operators according to a ruling from European Union’s top court, a ruling that could impact more online services in Europe.

This is the latest in a long series of legal battles the ride-sharing company is involved in, with Uber arguing that they’re simply a digital application acting as an intermediary between drivers and customers looking for a ride and thus should be treated more lightly by EU regulations, Reuters reports.

“The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” the European Court of Justice said. “Member states can, therefore, regulate the conditions for providing that service.”

The case followed a complaint coming from a professional taxi drivers’ association in Barcelona, Spain which talked about Uber’s misleading practices and unfair competition from the ride-sharing company’s use of non-professional drivers, a service called UberPOP and which has since been suspended in Spain and other countries.

The European case is regarded as an indicator of how the so-called gig economy, which includes other services such as food delivery and more, would be regulated in Europe.

The court said that Uber “exercises decisive influence over the conditions under which the drivers provide their service” and that without the Uber mobile app “persons who wish to make an urban journey would not use the services provided by those drivers.”

This decision will not have an immediate impact on how Uber is operating in Europe currently, as it already has cut back the use of unlicensed drivers adhering to the local transportation laws.

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Tesla Model S Taxi Fleet Listed For Sale In The Netherlands 17
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, taxi, Tesla, Tesla Model S, used cars on 12 17th, 2017


An Amsterdam-based taxi company is getting ready to renew its fleet, and as a result, they’re selling dozens of Tesla Model S cars.

Registered new in 2014, the zero-emission sedans have in excess of 200,000km (124,000 miles) on the clock, but they’re said to have been properly maintained and serviced by Tesla themselves.

Their price tags stand in the region of €40,000 ($47,245), which is not that bad, actually, given that used Tesla Model S’ with similar mileage usually retail from €50,000 ($59,056), while finding one that’s barely driven means having to pay over €100,000 ($118,112).

There’s little doubt that car flippers will take advantage of this offer, so expect to see more Model S electric saloons listed for grabs in different European markets in the near future.

The Netherlands are said to have the largest Tesla taxi fleet in the world, but their dominance is about to be overthrown by Dubai, where 50 electric cars made by Elon Musk’s company arrived this fall, with a further 75 units to be delivered next year, and another 75 set for 2019, while ride sharing company Uber also uses a fleet of Model S and Model X EVs in the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.

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Nissan To Test Self-Driving Taxi Service In Japan Next Year 15
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, japan, nissan, Reports, taxi, Tech on 12 15th, 2017


Nissan has announced that it will start public tests of its self-driving ride-sharing service in Japan next year alongside Japanese gaming software maker DeNA.

Reuters reports that the two companies will conduct a two-week test in Yokohama next March. Riders will use an app developed by DeNA that can summon an autonomous Nissan Leaf that’ll take passengers to pre-mapped destinations.

According to Nissan and DeNA, if the test proves successful, we could see a self-driving, ride-sharing service launched in Japan in the early 2020s.

While most of DeNA’s experience isn’t with cars, it has been collaborating on this project with Nissan since last year and has already worked on various self-driving services throughout Japan, including a fleet of shuttle buses that transport elderly residents in rural communities.

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London’s Black Cab Goes All 21-Century On Us With PHEV Model 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, PHEV, taxi, UK on 12 9th, 2017


The iconic black cab returns in its latest and more modern interpretation in the form of the new TX eCity taxi. Following its public debut last summer, the new electrified TX Cab is now fully certified to carry fare-paying passengers in London.

London EV Company has put the new TX Cab through the most rigorous testing regime in the company’s history, including testing sessions in the Arctic Circle and Arizona, along with thousands of miles at the hands of real taxi drivers on the streets of London.

Powering the new TX is an advanced electrified powertrain that combines a Volvo-sourced 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine and two rear-mounted electric motors for a total driving range of up to 400 miles and a purely electric range of 80 miles.

The new London black cab can fit up to six passengers which will notice the dramatically improved NVH levels and features like USB ports and Wi-Fi.

“After extensive testing, LEVC’s new taxi is ready to do the job it was made for: transport people around this great city of London safely, cleanly and stylishly,” said Chris Gubbey, CEO of the LEVC. “Better for passengers, more cost effective for drivers, it will play a major role in helping to improve air quality benefiting all Londoners.”

Prices for the new electrified TX taxi starts from £55,599 OTR or £177 per week over five years. The vehicle’s battery is covered by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty as well.

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London’s Black Cab Goes All 21-Century On Us With PHEV Model 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, PHEV, taxi, UK on 12 9th, 2017


The iconic black cab returns in its latest and more modern interpretation in the form of the new TX eCity taxi. Following its public debut last summer, the new electrified TX Cab is now fully certified to carry fare-paying passengers in London.

London EV Company has put the new TX Cab through the most rigorous testing regime in the company’s history, including testing sessions in the Arctic Circle and Arizona, along with thousands of miles at the hands of real taxi drivers on the streets of London.

Powering the new TX is an advanced electrified powertrain that combines a Volvo-sourced 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine and two rear-mounted electric motors for a total driving range of up to 400 miles and a purely electric range of 80 miles.

The new London black cab can fit up to six passengers which will notice the dramatically improved NVH levels and features like USB ports and Wi-Fi.

“After extensive testing, LEVC’s new taxi is ready to do the job it was made for: transport people around this great city of London safely, cleanly and stylishly,” said Chris Gubbey, CEO of the LEVC. “Better for passengers, more cost effective for drivers, it will play a major role in helping to improve air quality benefiting all Londoners.”

Prices for the new electrified TX taxi starts from £55,599 OTR or £177 per week over five years. The vehicle’s battery is covered by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty as well.

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London’s Black Cab Goes All 21-Century On Us With PHEV Model 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, PHEV, taxi, UK on 12 9th, 2017


The iconic black cab returns in its latest and more modern interpretation in the form of the new TX eCity taxi. Following its public debut last summer, the new electrified TX Cab is now fully certified to carry fare-paying passengers in London.

London EV Company has put the new TX Cab through the most rigorous testing regime in the company’s history, including testing sessions in the Arctic Circle and Arizona, along with thousands of miles at the hands of real taxi drivers on the streets of London.

Powering the new TX is an advanced electrified powertrain that combines a Volvo-sourced 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine and two rear-mounted electric motors for a total driving range of up to 400 miles and a purely electric range of 80 miles.

The new London black cab can fit up to six passengers which will notice the dramatically improved NVH levels and features like USB ports and Wi-Fi.

“After extensive testing, LEVC’s new taxi is ready to do the job it was made for: transport people around this great city of London safely, cleanly and stylishly,” said Chris Gubbey, CEO of the LEVC. “Better for passengers, more cost effective for drivers, it will play a major role in helping to improve air quality benefiting all Londoners.”

Prices for the new electrified TX taxi starts from £55,599 OTR or £177 per week over five years. The vehicle’s battery is covered by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty as well.

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Opel Insignia Tourer Makes For A Slick-Lookin’ Taxi 7
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in opel, Opel Insignia, taxi on 12 7th, 2017


Visit most any city in Europe and most of the taxi cabs are bound to be Mercedes – E-Class sedans especially. But that’s not the only option, as another German automaker is here to point out.

That automaker is Opel, which is showcasing its new Insignia wagon as an ideal taxicab.

Instead of simply selling the consumer version and letting the cabdrivers, fleet operators, or upfitters perform the modifications, Opel offers the Insignia with just about everything need for taxicab duty straight from the factory – from the illuminated roof sign to a meter integrated into the rearview mirror.

Professional drivers can choose between the svelte Insignia Sports Tourer or the more rugged Insignia Country Tourer, in either Taxi Selection or Taxi Dynamic trim, with varying equipment levels, priced from €22,639 in Germany (before tax).

Either way, you’re looking at a nearly 20-cubic-foot luggage compartment expandable to almost 60 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat, making the Insignia a rather flexible and accommodating way to move passengers and their stuff.

Drivers who need more needn’t look far, as Opel also offers taxi versions of the Zafira minivan and Vivaro full-size van for commercial transportation as well.

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New Toyota JPN Taxi Ready To Shuttle Fares Under Hybrid LPG Power 23
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hybrids, japan, LPG, new cars, taxi, Tokyo Motor Show, TOYOTA on 10 23rd, 2017


Taxis in most places around the world are based on standard production vehicles outfitted for the purpose. But there's a handful of locations where the taxis are completely unique – like yellow Checker cabs in New York, or the blacks cabs of London.
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Taxi Slams Into Lamborghini Aventador In Mexico 3
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Videos, Mexico, Offbeat News, taxi, video on 10 3rd, 2017


A Lamborghini Aventador has been severely damaged in Mexico after it was hit by a taxi.
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Mercedes Sells More London Taxis Than The London Taxi Company 28
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mercedes, Mercedes Metris, Mercedes V-Class, Mercedes Vito - Viano, taxi on 09 28th, 2017


Go to London and you're bound to see those iconic black taxis. But who makes them?
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Absolut Puts This Copper Caddy Cab On Duty In New York 14
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Cadillac, Classics, taxi on 09 14th, 2017


New York taxis are yellow… right? Usually, sure. But someone evidently forgot to tell that to the people at Absolut, who have hit the Big Apple in this brilliant copper cab.
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The Electrified London Taxi Is Heading To Germany 12
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, LEVC, taxi on 09 12th, 2017


A couple of months after the London EV Company (LEVC) unveiled its new electric taxi cab for Britain’s capital, the company has released a German version at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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Daimler Interested In Flying Taxis, Invests In Volocopter 2
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Daimler, Electric Vehicles, Flying Cars, Reports, taxi on 08 2nd, 2017


Mercedes-Benz's parent company Daimler is looking at the future by investing an undisclosed sum into a flying taxi firm called Volocopter.
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Looking For A Cab? Unused 1977 Plymouth Fury Taxi Offered On eBay 29
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Classics, eBay, Plymouth, taxi, used cars on 07 29th, 2017


While it’s not that uncommon these days to find a classic car with barely any miles on it, finding an old taxi that’s virtually unused is pretty much like finding a unicorn.
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