The most common cabby in Japan is the purpose-built Toyota Comfort, but the company has today introduced its all-new taxi cab for its home market – the aptly named JPN Taxi.
Similar to New York’s Nissan NV200 Cabs, the JPN Taxi is a people mover type vehicle rather than a three-box sedan. The almost vintage look of the exterior is designed to transcend design fads and become an iconic, easily recognizable part of the Japanese cityscape – almost like the London cab. Toyota describes the vehicle as “people friendly” with its low, flat floor, large power rear sliding door and wheelchair accessible cabin. It also makes things easier on the driver with skinny A-pillars for better forward vision and an available GPS system.
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Powering the JPN Taxi is a 1.5-liter LPG four-cylinder engine, which is joined by a hybrid electric drive system. In addition to being kind to the environment, the JPN Taxi is also rather safe, coming equipped with 6 airbags and the Toyota Safety Sense C package – which includes frontal collision alert with emergency braking.
The Toyota JPN Taxi is one of many new Toyotas that will be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month. We’ll be reporting live from the show, so stay tuned for more coverage on Tokyo’s new cabby.
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