Nissan has recently announced a partnership with Coventry-based ADV Manufacturing in order to assemble the all-new London taxicabs set for release later this year.
According to Nissan, ADV Manufacturing will be the epicenter of a £6 million joint investment dedicated to manufacturing the much-anticipated NV200 car. The base vehicle will be sourced from their Barcelona factory and shipped to the ADV plant for final taxi assembly, transforming the bodywork, interior, suspension, and steering into a full car.
The news came from Andy Palmer, the company’s Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President, who revealed it as part of his address to students at Coventry University, where he was delivering a lecture on the future of motoring.
He was quoted as saying: “Our new Taxi for London is part of a wider, international taxi programme that forms a key part of Nissan’s global strategy, so we are naturally being very prudent in selecting our partners. ADV has demonstrated that it has the proficiency and capability to deliver what we believe will become a new icon for London.”
He continued: “We are pleased to be reinforcing once again our commitment to the British automotive industry and the fact that our black cabs will be rolling off the production line in Coventry, with its long history in the taxi business, is an added bonus.”
Nissan Motor GB managing director, James Wright, also added that: “Nissan has now established itself as the leading force in British car manufacturing and has extremely high standards to uphold in order to maintain that reputation. We are delighted to be working with ADV as our new partner in the Taxi for London programme and we look forward to working together to deliver the most comfortable, efficient and functional black cab London has ever seen.”
The partnership is a match made in heaven, as ADV will build Nissan’s next Taxi adjacent to its “existing premises, with a view to delivering the first petrol-engine versions in December 2014” and produce an all-electric variant of the black cab in 2015.