September 21, 2006
New automaker debuts unique, purpose-built Standard Taxi
Seattle, Washington – A new automaker, Vehicle Production Group LLC, has shown its “Standard Taxi”, a unique, purpose-built vehicle made specifically for taxicab use. The taxi debuted at the International Association of Transportation Regulators conference in Seattle, Washington.
The low-volume Standard Taxi is built specifically for taxi and paratransit fleets; it was engineered using extensive input from the taxicab industry across North America. It has seating positions for four passengers in the rear compartment, and has additional space that is compliant with the vehicle standards of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Passengers can easily enter the taxi by either stepping inside the vehicle, or by using a standard recessed access ramp.
The vehicle features a GM 4.3-litre V6 engine, anti-lock brakes, easy-to-clean interior and an extra-large trunk that will hold four hard-case golf bags and a full-size spare tire. Many of its exterior panels are interchangeable, minimizing service and collision repair costs, and parts such as headlights, taillights, tires, brakes, exhaust, oil filter and air filter are readily available at regional auto parts suppliers. It is equipped with an ergonomically-designed driver’s seat, easy-to-read dashboard display with taxi-specific message centre, safety partition and driver-controlled door locks integrated with passenger exit lighting. The company says that the Standard Taxi retails at a price competitive with taxicab vehicles currently in operation, and vehicle production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2007.