New York set to have Nissan taxis in new $1bn deal

The Nissan NV200 will become the Big Apple's exclusive taxicab for next decade
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces at a news conference that the Nissan Motor Co. had won a $1bn contract to provide taxis to New York City on May 3, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)
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Japan's Nissan Motor Co Ltd won the 10-year contract to build the next generation of New York's iconic yellow taxis (Getty Images)
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The Taxi and Limousine Commission along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the Nissan NV200 designed by Nissan North America Inc, has been chosen as the winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow competition and will become the City's exclusive taxicab for a decade (Getty Images)
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The Japanese automobile company will provide thousands of taxis to the city beginning in about two years after beating out other finalists from Ford and Turkish car maker Karsan. (Getty Images)
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces at a news conference that the Nissan Motor Co had won a 10-year, $1bn contract to provide taxis to New York City on May 3, 2011 in New York City (Getty Images)
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Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Motor Co's Americas operation, joins New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to announce at the news conference. "It's going to be the safest, most comfortable, and most convenient cab the City has ever had," Bloomberg said (Getty Images)
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The front interior of Nissan Motor Co.'s NV200 NYC Taxi, released to the media on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 (Bloomberg Images)
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On a conference call, Nissan officials said they expected to provide up to 26,000 taxi cabs over the lifetime of the contract starting in 2013, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of about $29,000 (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
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The rear interior of Nissan Motor Co's NV200 NYC Taxi, released to the media on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 (Bloomberg Images)