When you think about London, one of the things that pops on your mind is the TX4 or the “London Taxi”. Toyota aims to do just the same with the new “JPN Taxi” – “which embodies the spirit of Japanese hospitality.”
It was developed to provide usability and comfort to a wide range of people, including children, seniors, wheelchair users, and visitors to Japan from abroad, said Toyota. The company aims to change Japan’s landscape, and transform Japan into a tourist-oriented country by promoting the widespread use of its JPN Taxis.
Design features include a low, flat floor, making it easy for customers to ingress and egress from the taxi, a wide-opening, power sliding rear door (left side only) and space to accommodate wheelchair users. Also, the body has deep indigo (koiai) tone, a traditional color that has long been a symbol of Japan.
Furthermore, this model offers the driver an optimal range of vision, thanks to the position and shape of the pillars and mirrors. The functionality was improved by positioning the dashboard instruments and other devices in the taxi to allow easy access, including the placement of the GPS system and taxi meter in a spot that is easy for customers to see.
The JPN Taxi employs a newly developed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hybrid system, which offers 19.4 km/l fuel economy and sharply reduced CO2 emissions, said Toyota. Enhancements were made to safety equipment, including adding the Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C) package and 6 SRS airbags as standard features.
Other features include Bi-Beam LED headlights, rear seat heating system and LED back-lit rear seat belts.
The JPN Taxi will be displayed at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017.