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User currently offlineA380 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 658 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 982 times:

What are the taxi models in your city?

Here are my 2 cents.

In Toronto, Canada (my city) it's basically all the North American big cars like Crown Victoria, recently there are an influx of Intrepid, Lumina, Impala and even Camry's, after the city hall cracked down on old and broken taxis. There are minivans like Sienna, Caravan and Windstars. A number of old Caprice's are still running.

In Orlando I'd seen full size vans sitting 7 serving as taxis, quite economical I think.

In New York, 4 basic types (as in 1999): Crown Vic, Caprice, Venture and Odyssey/Oasis minivans; I always picked a minivan, all minivans had 5 seats only, the 3rd row was removed  Sad Is it still the same now?

In Honolulu I'd seen a long wheeled based Mercedes taxi.

In Montreal it used to be small Japanese/German cars, not sure if it's the case now.

How about your city/cities you'd visited?


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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8031 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 966 times:

London taxis are the most recognisable in the world. They are huge inside and have a turning circle that'll take your breath away.

London taxi drivers have to know every street in London to be licensed - literally. For those of you not familiar with the city, Manhattan it ain't. It's an organic mass of lanes, mews, weird little streets that has grown up over two millenia into one of the biggest and most densely-populated cities in the world. To learn EVERY SINGLE STREET takes years, so wannabe cabbies work as parcel couriers, minicab drivers etc. This process is called The Knowledge, and takes about three to five years. It takes as long to be a London cabbie as it does to get a degree.



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User currently offlineSK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 965 times:


In Stockholm, Taxi Stockholm, the biggest taxi company, has mostly Volvo and Mercedes.

The other companies usually have Volvos but you can also see som Mercedes' as well.
The minivans are often Volkswagen or Toyota.



User currently offlineA380 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 956 times:

London taxi has a very sensible design, the pax carry their luggage into the taxi.

User currently offlineFightingfalcon From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 955 times:

The London taxis are ugly! I don't like that kind of old style design. OK, it's a matter of taste, but I just don't like them.

Martin



Imprezas rule!!
User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 950 times:

The London cabs may be ugly, but they sure get the job done.

The two big taxi companies in my city have old beat up ford and chevy station wagons as well as some old chevy caprices. A third illegitimate company called "Hippie Cab" has a toyota euro-style van, an older ford windstar minivan, and I think another ford euro-type van. I highly doubt this company has the appropriate insurance and I hope their first accident takes them off the road for good.


User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 947 times:

Here in Helsinki it's mostly Mercedes, Volvo and Volkswagen.

Zulu Alpha


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5627 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 938 times:

In New York, 4 basic types (as in 1999): Crown Vic, Caprice, Venture and Odyssey/Oasis minivans; I always picked a minivan, all minivans had 5 seats only, the 3rd row was removed Is it still the same now?

Mostly just Crown Vics today. Most if not all of the Caprices are gone. There are some Odysseys and maybe a Venture or two, but they're probably no more than 5% of the fleet. I haven't seen any of the Ford Explorers in a while (riders liked them, but the drivers were spending too much on fuel).



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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 935 times:

In Boston we have your usual Crown Vics and Caprices, but minivans are becoming more noticable around the city. The city mandates that the basic colour of the car must be white, so the days of a yellow cab are now gone.

I think what Cedarjet said sounds like a dream. Going out on a vast generalization here, but Boston taxi driver's are generally the worst and rudest drivers, and are more often than not new immigrants from the Caribbean, Africa, or the Middle East, with less than perfect English and will generally go out of their way just to get a higher fare.

LH423



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User currently offline9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 931 times:

In Singapore, we have 3 big taxi companies, CityCab, Comfort, and Tibs. They have Toyota, Mercerdes, Nissan, and Volkswagen. However, more unemployed people are becoming taxi drivers and business for each of them are dropping fast!!!!!!!!!! The government still wants to bring out 400 New Taxis and we already have about 18,000 on the road with poor business, oh man, what is the government thinking?

User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 923 times:

OK here in Singapore, the three big taxi companies and their subsidaries operate:

Citycab

Nissan Cedric
Toyota Corona
Toyota Crown

Subsidary:Presido

Mercedes E300
Mercedes E250
Mercedes Vito L

Comfort:

Toyota Corona
Nissan Cedric
Toyota Crown

Subsidaries: Yellow-Top, Sovereign

Yellow Top:

Toyota Corona
Nissan Cedric
Toyota Crown

Sovereign:

Mercedes E300
Mercedes E250
Peugeot 806

TIBS Taxis:

Nissan Cedric
Toyota Crown

Subsidaries: TIBS Prestige, TIBS Classic

TIBS Prestige:

Mercedes E300
Mercedes E240 CDI

TIBS Classic

Carbodies Fairway London Taxi(New/Old)


SOON TO ARRIVE:

Volvo V40 station wagon powered by CNG

SVE,I have never seen a VW taxi in Singapore before.

9V-SVA  Big thumbs up




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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 916 times:
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In Chicago there are a lot of brands. The most recognizable is the Ford Crown Victoria, Chevy lumina and Impala, and some vans too and some Mercury towncars.

Las vegas has the same thing as Chicago.
When they stop using them in Chicago, they sell them as used cars. I know some people who have them and they run good! I might get one cause they are really cheap!



"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
User currently offlineMark2102 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 905 times:

In N.Y.C., they have the Crown Vics, Chevy Caprice, Honda Odyssey, and Ford Explorer.

Mark


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5479 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 904 times:

The London Cabs are awesome! Edinburgh's cabs are like that also.
rgds,
blink182



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User currently offlineDasa From East Timor, joined Aug 2001, 760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 896 times:

In Melbourne, they are all Holden (GM) Commodores and Ford Falcons, with Ford Falcons greatly outnumbering Holden's. There are also some Mercedes van taxis.



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 894 times:

Sad to say but the company that builds London taxis is now our second largest motor manufacturer after MG Rover.

Apart from that we have.....well, TVR!

Embarrassing really.



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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 889 times:

In Pakistan;

Black cabs with Yellow roofs:

Datsun 120Y
Datsun Sunny......both models from the 1970's

Yellow cabs:

Daewoo Racer
Hyundai Excel
Mitsubishi Lancer
Peugot 405
Toyota Corolla(unique taxi model not really a Corolla)
Daihatsu Cuore
Suzuki Mehran(Alto abroad)
Suzuki Khyber(Cultus abroad)
Nissan Sunny
Subaru Justy

all were latest 1993 models when introduced then under a self employment scheme there were also some Nissan Cedric as well as Mercedes 300D which have now ceased to operate as cabs Smile



.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineHSV From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 884 times:

Here in Sydney, most taxis are either Ford Falcons or Holden Commodores.

Most taxi drivers can't speak English properly and have no idea where they are going!


User currently offlineBCal DC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 722 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 884 times:

--> "London taxi drivers have to know every street in London to be licensed"

Well more times than not, they couldn't find my road when I lived in London, or they wouldn't take me south of the river.

Good old london cabs. Rarer than rocking horse shit after 11pm as well....
And they're a rip.



User currently offlineA380 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 878 times:

I used to see a Volvo 940, and a Volvo 240 in Toronto, never tried them though.

In Hong Kong it's either Toyota Crown or Nissan Cedric, I think Toyota taxis rule the road.

CcrlR:
Any full-size vans or minivans seating 7 serving as taxis in Vegas?

Airmale:
Do Toyota Corolla taxis rule in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan as well? Saw a lot of Corollas serving as Kabul taxis in tv lately.  Smile


User currently offlineLuxair From Suriname, joined Jan 2001, 848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 875 times:

Here in the Netherlands they use mostly the Mercedes E class but also C class and even
the new S class but you have also VW (new Passat) and Audi's (A6) and some Japanese
as the Nissan (Primera)!



Marvin Lee Cooper
User currently offlineSN-A330 From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 1129 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 871 times:

In Belgium it's almost like in the Netherlands : mostly Mercedes E class and a few C class and S class. And from time to time you see some other brands like Peugeot, Renault, Nissan, etc.

Regards, SN-A330



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 876 times:

Here in Geneva, it's the whole range from Toyota Camry to Mercedes 600 S-class - and the price is identical for each one! We even have a few guys who drive 1970's Chevy Caprice and Caddy's.

I love the London Cabs. 5 people in the back seat comfortably, and you're right, the turning circle is amazing. The only truely purpose-built taxi cab in the world.

But I dislike the new version which has popped up over the past decade or so. I like the old one.

Charles


User currently offlineA380 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 866 times:

Wow I would like to take a Mercedes 600 S-class - feel like a king!


User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 855 times:
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A380
They have some that seat 7 and that's how many they are allowed to have in the vans. in Vegas



"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
25 Sabena_A340 : in Brussels (BRU) the taxis are expensive but you go with a Mercedes !! a class-E but often old... I like mercedes !
26 AerLingus : In San Francisco, Yellow Cab Co-Op use Ford minivans and Luxor Cab Co. and Yellow use Crown Victorias. Desoto Cab Co. uses Toyota Camrys and Toyota mi
27 TurboTristar : What a great topic!! Not being sarcastic here one bit! Very interesting! Taxis in St. Louis are also large American cars like the Crown Victoria, the
28 SouthernCRJ : Here in Buenos Aires there are over 33000 taxis, all painted in yellow and black. Most of them are Renaults and Peugeots. In Caracas the taxis don't h
29 Turbolet : Here in Malta they're mostly old Mercedeses and Nissan Cedric, and some others which I can't remember. -turbolet
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