The Ugliest Car Ever: The New, New York Taxi

The most common vehicle on the road in the city of New York is the iconic yellow cab.  Regulated by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, the taxicab fleet is currently a diversified hodgepodge of Ford Crown Victorias (the most common), Ford Escapes (my personal favorite), along with other hybrids and minivans.  Well, the city, in an effort to standardize the fleet, has selected a new minivan prototype from Nissan.

And I, for one, think it’s jarringly ugly.  The link to the article contains a graphic that represents the evolution of the yellow cab over the past century.  And the future iteration of the yellow cab is, by far, the most shockingly tasteless in what is ironically the cultural capital of the United States.  Had I a choice, I would have picked the Ford Escape.  It’s roomy without taking up too much space on the road, it gets good mileage, it handles very well in city driving, and it’s from an American company.  The Ford Escape also has the added advantage of not being an eyesore, something of which the Nissan model cannot boast.

But, unfortunately for me, I wasn’t consulted, and so what the city is slated to get is probably is the ugliest car manufactured for American roadways since the Pontiac Aztek was introduced by General Motors prior to its self-inflicted implosion earlier in the decade.  I’m going to be curious to see if this ever hits the road, or if the city wakes up, comes to its senses, and forces the Taxi and Limousine Commission back to the drawing board.  I certainly hope so.  I suppose it’s things like this that give us the pejorative term ‘government work.’


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