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Toyota choose LPG for cleanest Hybrid taxi

Currently, the taxi most commonly seen on the streets of Japan is a large, basic-looking sedan dubbed Toyota Comfort that has been around since 1995. The countryís automotive landscape is set to change drastically in 2018 when Toyota introduces a brand new, purpose-built taxi whose design is reminiscent of Englandís iconic black cab.

Toyota is previewing its next cab at the Tokyo Motor Show with a thinly veiled concept called JPN Taxi. The design is characterized by a tall front end, horizontal lights that stretch into a five-slat grille and fender-mounted mirrors.

 

The tall “greenhouse” design provides the passengers with an unobstructed view of the world around them and a better-than-adequate amount of headroom. A model-specific steering rack ensures drivers can maneuver the JPN Taxi even in Japan’s tight, crowded urban centers.


Toyota stresses the cabin was designed with Japanese hospitality in mind but pictures haven’t been published yet. All we know at this point is that the cab is wheelchair-accessible thanks to wide, minivan-like sliding doors on both sides and a low loading floor.

 

Power comes from an innovative hybrid drivetrain made up of a small electric motor and a four-cylinder engine that runs on liquid petroleum gas (LPG).

 

The production version of the Toyota JPN Taxi Concept is scheduled to go on sale across its home country in April of 2018. Toyota hasn’t revealed if it’s planning on taking on London Taxi Company’s upcoming gasoline-electric TX5 in England and abroad.

Source: Digital Trends