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New York hails cab revolution

In the eyes of tourists New York is defined as much by the honking of myriad yellow taxi cabs as it is by its skyscrapers, but that image could soon change as the city gears up to cease production of the famous Ford Crown Victoria cars which have long defined the city.

Seeking a replacement city officials are eyeing up three rival bids from Ford, Nissan and Kursan, who have come up with what resembles an AA van, people carrier and a bug like amalgam of London’s hackney cab.

Speaking to The Times David Yassky, New York’s taxi commissioner, explained the city’s hunt for a new vehicle: “We’re looking for something to become as iconic as the London cab,” he said.

Not to be outdone New York’s rival alpha city, London, is already pursuing its own transport revolution, introduction of a contemporary Routemaster bus design at the behest of its mayor, Boris Johnson.

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