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Old 05-04-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Atlanta,GA
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Having been in France, the cars that are actually replacing Crown Vics, are really Renaults, rebadged as Nissans (Renault owns parts of Nissan).

Mpg goes from 12-13 to 25 by switching to these new Nissan/Renaults. I also think they look cool. Much nicer and useful than the Crown Vics they replace.

Good move for NYC taxi drivers and riders. Nissan too!!!
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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Not surprising. We've been seeing smaller taxi's here in chicago for several years. There are a tone of Scion Xb's and toyota corollas running around. In fact Ican't tell you the last time I saw a Crown Vic Taxi.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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The Crown Vic held it's edge for so long because of the total economics of it. They were cheap to buy and cheap to maintain and there long held dominance meant that city repair facilities had tons of parts available. Now that the Vic is dead, it opened up the doors for everyone else to move in with much better products.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:35 AM
 
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You will still see Vics for at least a decade as taxis though - they are so cheap to keep running and there are so many of them.
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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You will still see Vics for at least a decade as taxis though - they are so cheap to keep running and there are so many of them.
Elsewhere, yeah. In NYC, where licensing goes through the TLC, its days are numbered.

I'm still very surprised in not going with Ford. The Nissan may be proven elsewhere, but if history serves anything, the Nissan Vanette was a proven product elsewhere too, and look how that turned out when it landed on US soil.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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Sigh...I miss Checker Cabs.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Here in Dallas I've only been seeing Ford Tauruses (earlier model), Priuses, and various minivans. Crown Vics. dominated in Phoenix when I lived there (2 yrs. back) though.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Elsewhere, yeah. In NYC, where licensing goes through the TLC, its days are numbered.
Not too far off on the decade comment. The article said it would take until 2018 to cycle the entire NYC taxi fleet.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:37 AM
 
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The Crown Vic reallt was doomed when police around the nation started more and more to go to the chrysler patrol cars as did many of the fleets for the reason;they wre offered atmuch lower cost just looking at my local police pricing on bids. Chrysler is going after the Fleet sales market pretty strongly.What I am seeing in taxis is mini vans that hold more passengers/luggage while getting better mileage.
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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With all the running around they do all day long, why not go to the Prius for NYC taxis? I mean, getting 50 MPG on those city streets would be amazing given the way gas prices are skyrocketing.
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