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  • So, endlich kommt mal was unter diesem Thread! Ich habe zwar schon seit vielen Monaten das News-Magazin der New Yorker Taxen aboniert, bin aber nie dazu gekommen, mal was reinzusetzen, obwohl es in den letzten Monaten von dort massig zu berichten gab.
    Für die wirklich Interesierten hier der Link, unter dem man sich kostenlos dieses Online-Magazin auf den PC holen kann. Ich kann nur sagen: Sehr spannend.
    Leider benötigt man ein paar grundlegende Englisch-Kenntnisse, aber die sind, wenn man im WWW was werden möchte, ohnehin absolut essentiell!

    Da es sich bei der letzten Meldung von vor ein paar Tagen um eine wirklich revolutionäre Entwicklung für New York handelt, werde ich hier den Original-Artikel reinsetzen!
    Also etwas Mut und lesen!

    Yellow Cab NYC
    No Town Car or Crown Vic? City Streets Won’t Be the Same
    Posted: 25 Jun 2010 11:45 PM PDT

    The Lincoln Town Car, a mainstay of executive transportation, and the Ford Crown Victoria, part of taxi and police fleets, are being discontinued.
    They are the muscular, leg-roomy fixtures of New York’s crowded streetscape, the automobiles that came to represent the city.
    The Ford Crown Victoria served as the mainstay of taxi and police fleets. Its close cousin, the Lincoln Town Car, could reliably be found idling outside Lincoln Center or waiting to whisk a Wall Street type home for the evening.
    But in a little more than a year, both models will go the way of the Checker cab. Ford Motor Company plans to shutter the Canadian plant that manufactures the cars and discontinue the recognizably bulky frame that gives them their shape.
    That means the end for vehicles that have come to symbolize the full spectrum of New York life, from private black sedans purring on Park Avenue to the ubiquitous sight of the yellow cab, great equalizer of the varied urban tribe.
    “These cars are a facet of people’s everyday experience,” said David Yassky, the city’s taxi commissioner. “Whatever takes their place will have a real and tangible influence on the city’s aesthetic.”
    Passengers should prepare for a bumpier, more cramped ride. Forget roomy trunks that fit a French-door refrigerator; the older models are yielding to smaller gas-and-electric hybrid vehicles with knee-bumping back seats and flimsier frames.
    The impending departures have left New York’s livery world scrambling. The Taxi and Limousine Commission is holding a contest to design a new taxicab to replace the city’s 8,200 Crown Victoria yellow taxis. The Police Department will lose a fast-accelerating sedan it has depended on since 1992. And the black-car industry must replace 75 percent of its fleet.
    Prophecies of the cars’ demise have come and gone: they survived one death notice in 2006 when Ford moved production from Michigan to Ontario. But widespread regulatory reform and industry financial troubles mean this is the true end of the road.
    The company says it concluded that sales would drop off in coming years as more states required police and livery vehicles to meet stricter environmental standards — a high hurdle for gas guzzlers like the Crown Vic and the Town Car, which get about 16 miles a gallon in the city.
    Fickle consumer tastes have also played a role: the models sell well with commercial fleets but not individual drivers, who tend to prefer slimmer sedans. One exception is the retiree market in Florida, which has a fondness for Town Cars. (The Crown Vic is now sold only to commercial customers.)
    In other words, the lighter, greener hybrid has triumphed. “We need to move onto an improved, more sustainable product,” Rob Stevens, Ford’s chief engineer for commercial vehicles, said in an interview.
    But some drivers and fleet owners maintain that the Town Car and Crown Vic are uniquely well suited to their task of comfortably ferrying all manner of city dwellers, from expense-account Wall Street bankers to criminals handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser.
    “It is large, it is safe, it is easily repairable,” John Acierno, president of the Executive Transportation Group, said of the Town Car, which makes up more than 80 percent of his 1,800-car fleet.
    “When you think of a black car or a limousine, your mind’s eye sort of goes to it,” Mr. Acierno said. “If there’s one sitting in front of a building, you think the car is waiting for someone.”
    The cars also deliver a particularly smooth ride, die-hards say, thanks to a forgiving suspension and the sturdy steel frame that underlies both models. The Crown Vic’s plush leather back seat can resemble a sofa on wheels.
    Replacements have begun to crop up in the city’s fleets, but some owners of yellow cabs say they are unimpressed.

    Ronald Sherman, the president of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, which represents 28 large fleet owners, said he had seen would-be taxi passengers ignore Chevrolet Malibu or Ford Escape cabs, opting for a longer wait in order to grab the more spacious Crown Vic. “These minis are ridiculous; passengers do not get into them,” Mr. Sherman said, asserting that the smaller back seat and low headroom made the hybrids uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for riders.
    Kevin Healy, another fleet owner, agreed. Of the Volkswagen Jetta, another alternative taxi, he said: “Literally, I can’t get in. And I would need a doctor to get out.”
    Despite such objections, New York City’s government is intent on greening its car fleet. A mayoral mandate is in place to depose the big gas guzzlers of yore: commissioners now drive hybrids, and the Police Department has reduced its Crown Victoria count to 1,400 cars today from 1,800 in 2006.
    The city also wants to establish fuel emissions standards for taxicabs. Those regulations have been held up in court, but owners have pre-emptively started to adjust. Crown Victorias still account for 60 percent of yellow cabs, but their dominance has been threatened by growing numbers of Ford Escapes (2,637 cabs) and Toyota Sienna minivans (1,381).
    The Lincoln Town Car remains a common sight on Park Avenue and outside the city’s gilded corporate headquarters. But there are signs that its clients’ tastes are changing, too.
    Only half of the cars idling outside Lincoln Center on a recent weeknight were Lincolns. Instead, well-to-do clients stepped into Cadillacs, Mercedes-Benzes and a BMW.
    A similar scene unfolded on a Wednesday morning at the Loews Regency Hotel, at Park Avenue and 62nd Street, where power breakfasters opted for Ford Expeditions, Lexuses and a Toyota Camry hybrid.
    For most of the 35 years he has driven his private car in the city as a chauffeur, Ziggy Kingston used a Lincoln. But he recently made the switch to a Prius, saying that his clients, including the 30-minute meal maestro Rachael Ray and the actress Sarah Jessica Parker, often prefer the hybrid.
    “It’s a good image for them,” he said, waiting for a pick-up outside the Barclays building in Midtown.
    Gesturing toward a nearby Town Car, Mr. Kingston continued, “This was the car you wanted when no one cared about pollution and the mayor didn’t care.” Now, he said, “you got to go with what the environment is good for.”
    Fleet owners are unsure about what will replace the Town Car, although Lincoln has created several new models intended for livery use. But none have the same Yao Ming-size legroom or trunk space.

    Eager to retain the taxi market, Ford is offering a custom version of its Transit Connect van, whose oblong shape and tall roof resemble a London cab’s. The van gets 22 miles a gallon in the city and comes equipped with big picture windows for a scenic ride. More radical designs have been submitted to the city’s taxi commission, which has solicited ideas for a new taxicab built from scratch, rather than retrofitted from an existing car. The winner, which will not be announced for months, will have the exclusive right to build the city’s cabs for a decade.
    Mr. Sherman, who owns a taxi fleet himself, said that his needs, like those of passengers, were simple: “What people are looking for in a taxicab,” he said, “is a safe ride from A to B.”

    Hier das Taxi-Konzept von FORD als Nachfolger für den 'Crown Victoria'. Darüber dürfte sich Holger aus Neumünster freuen, denn der ist ja gerade dabei, sich diesen Wagen zu kaufen, wenn auch wohl nicht in der TAXI-VERSION aus den USA!

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  • Und hier ein paar neuere Aspekte zur Abschaffung des geliebten Ford Crown Victorias. Er ist, wie jeder, der schon mal meinen Reisebericht über New-Yorker Taxen gelesen hat, feststellen darf, absolut die Touriattraktion Nummer 3 dort, gleich nach der Freiheitsstatur und dem Empire State Building! KEIN SOUVENIERSHOP ohne Taxis und taxibezogene Dinge wie T-Shirts, Kaffebecher usw.! Auch dazu sollte mann noch mal meinen Beitrag lesen, in dem es viele Fotos solcher Sachen zu sehen gibt!
    http://www.mycrazytaxis.com ----> Reiseberichte

    Hier der neueste Bericht aus New York, der mich immer wieder an die Abschaffung des legendären Checker erinnert!

    NYC cabs give up their crown

    Posted: 29 Jul 2010 07:46 PM PDT

    Jana Stroe leans out the window of her yellow Ford Crown Victoria taxicab in front of the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan. She loves her car. “I’ve driven a Crown Vic for 20 years,” she says. “This cab is specific to America, specific to New York.”

    Along with the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, yellow taxis are an emblem of New York City. There are more than 13,000 taxis licensed in the city that transport 600,000 people each day. At some hours, half of the cars on the streets of Manhattan are taxis, says Deborah Marton of the Design Trust for Public Space, a non-profit group involved with improving the taxi system.

    But taxis, unlike Lady Liberty, can change their shape and size. The Checker cabs of black-and-white movies gave way to the Crown Vic. In a few years, New York City taxis again will begin to look completely different.

    This year, Ford announced that it will stop making the Crown Victoria, the mainstay of taxi and police fleets in New York and across the country. New York’s Taxi & Limousine Commission has decided to find more than just a replacement for the Crown Vic. By 2014, it will begin replacing every taxi in the city — there are 16 varieties — with a single, ubiquitous model, the nature of which has yet to be decided.

    Taxi of Tomorrow

    To find the new cab, the Commission is holding a competition called “Taxi of Tomorrow.” Several automakers have submitted detailed proposals.

    “We’ve received a number of proposals for electric, plug-in electric, battery-switch electric and compressed natural gas vehicles. We are looking very carefully at each of those technologies,” says New York City Taxi & Limousine Commissioner David Yassky. “It’s the culmination of a growing recognition that the Crown Victoria has rendered great service for New Yorkers and visitors, but we can do better.”

    The commission plans to make a decision by the end of the year. Yassky says there are six factors: Comfort, durability, performance and safety, accessibility, fuel efficiency and design. “The goal would be for the new taxicab to complement the urban landscape, for people to say, ‘Yes, that new taxicab belongs in New York City,’ ” he says.

    The demise of the Crown Vic does not mean Ford is out of the taxi market. The company will continue to pursue taxi fleet customers for its new model, the Transit Connect, a small, European-style van, says Anne Marie Gattari, a Ford spokeswoman. The Transit Connect has found customers from Southern California to Boston, she says. She declined to say whether Ford has submitted a design to New York.

    Cities beyond New York are looking for innovative taxi designs. In Chicago, a city of 6,800 licensed taxis, the loss of the Crown Vic means replacing two-thirds of the fleet. “Taxis are such an important part of our transportation infrastructure,” says Norma Reyes, Chicago’s commissioner of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection. “Accessibility and greening: those two things alone are important.”

    For many visitors to New York, their first view of the city is the inside of a cab.

    “I think the first thing tourists will notice is (the new taxi’s) stronger design identity,” the Design Trust’s Marton says. “And hopefully the second thing they’ll notice is that it’s more comfortable.”

    ‘Reluctance to change’

    Not all New Yorkers are excited about their city’s Taxi of Tomorrow.

    “There is a reluctance to change,” says David Pollack, executive director of the Committee for Taxi Safety, a New York group that represents taxi drivers and owners. “Hopefully there’s no distribution or parts problem, and the (new) car holds up on New York City streets.”

    Former New York City traffic commissioner Samuel Schwartz also has concerns. “In London, every taxi looks the same, and they’ve gotten by quite well,” he says. “But you can’t put all your eggs in one basket without expecting a few of them to break.”

    For cab owners, the Taxi of Tomorrow is particularly worrisome. “The problem is, the perfect car for me is not the perfect car for my wife, who is 4 foot 11, or for a person who weighs 300 pounds, or for a person who’s in a wheelchair,” says Michael Levine, the owner of hundreds of cabs in Chicago and New York. “You’re forcing everyone to buy one car, and if it turns out to be a lemon, then you’re up the creek.”

    No matter which design the commission chooses, taxis will retain their distinctive yellow color and historic function: swarming the streets, lining up at train stations, hotels and airports, carrying passengers uptown, downtown and crosstown in the city that never sleeps.

    “I would prefer for the new cab to be a clean car, inside and out,” says Mike Ladson, 42, a security guard from Maplewood, N.J., who works in Manhattan and takes taxis to the Port Authority to catch his bus home. “I like the Crown Vic. I like the minivans. I’m paying for a cab, I want to be comfortable. But all I really want is to get where I’m going.”

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