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New York Auto Show Pays Attention to Accessibility

April 1, 2013

NEW YORK – The wheelchair accessible version of the Nissan NV200 Taxi made its debut last week at the New York International Auto Show. The new vehicle (pictured) will become available as part of Nissan’s NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” program that rolls out this coming fall.

Converted by Indiana-based BraunAbility, the NV200 Mobility Taxi features a rear ramp, and an industry-first integrated restraint system that provides safe and quick securing of wheelchairs. The rear ramp access eliminates
the need for wheelchair users to cross traffic to enter or exit—an important feature for New York City’s network of one-way streets.

The Nissan Mobility Taxi looks and functions like a standard NV200 Taxi until the mobility function is needed. “Our mindset at Nissan is to lead the way with innovative solutions to the challenges of modern, sustainable mobility with the goal of reaching 100 percent zero emissions, like the LEAF,” said Andy Palmer, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co Ltd. “That means creating cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles like the Pathfinder Hybrid that serve people on the move, and vehicles like the NV200 Mobility Taxi that offer expanded functionality while keeping a small environmental footprint.”

The vehicle will be on display throughout the New York International Auto Show’s consumer days – March 29th through April 7th – at Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.