Thursday, May 30, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: First look at the all new Ford Transit Taxi

First look at the all new Ford Transit Taxi, unveiled today in the Private Hire and Taxi exhibition, held at Manchester's, Event City.

More to come on this vehicle soon.
Photo: Les Reid.

Bad day for the NISSAN London taxi, as cracks appear in Euro NCAP test

A three-star safety rating for the Nissan Combi, (also sold as the Evalia), chosen to replace the iconic TX4 as London’s black cab, will make the van-based people carrier an unpopular choice for Dad’s taxi. With the floor welding tearing open in the crash test, Euro NCAP judged the passenger compartment to be unstable in a collision.

In the Euro NCAP tests, the Nissan did quite well on pedestrian and child protection, although it’s probably more by luck than judgement. Based on the Nissan NV200, first launched in 2009, it seems unlikely that its design team back then were considering what would make for good pedestrian protection in 2013. Protection of legs and pelvis are good, but the hood is not a good place for anybody’s head to land.
Combi body cracked after crash testWith a score of 81%, the child protection in the car is pretty good too. Few parents would have a problem putting their children inside the Nissan Evalia. The fact that the car started coming apart at the seams in the crash test is far less impressive, however.
There seems to be a serious welding quality issue where the floor meets the A-pillar, an important part of the vehicle’s structure. The driver’s footwell also ruptured in the crash. None of this is good news, but I dread to think how well the old London cab would have done if Euro NCAP had crashed it at 64km/h. Probably much worse.
As a replacement for a London taxi (and the New York cab), the Nissan could be a huge improvement. However, families looking for a roomy people carrier would be better to avoid van conversions.
With the exception of the 9 seater Ford Tourneo Custom, such vehicles offer notoriously poor protection. The Mercedes Citan, which is basically a 2008 Renault Kangoo with restyled front and a Mercedes-Benz badge on the grille, is subject to a recall.

The Citan which sells for around £3000 more than an equivalent Kangoo is a surprising vehicle from a company such as Mercedes with a strong reputation for safety.


Anonymous said...

Hope they come to London
Won't be getting another TX4 5 or 6

Anonymous said...

It look like
London cabbies driving vans round they look