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apr 19, 2010

volkswagen milano taxi concept

volkswagen milano taxi conceptimage: volkswagen

 

 

volkswagen unveiled a new taxi vehicle concept at the hanover trade show in germany designed specifically for the city of milan, italy. the milano taxi is a van size cab that is designed specifically for the purpose of being a taxi in milan. the car has a single rear door on the passenger side which slide completely open making getting in and out safe and easy. up front the front passenger seat has been removed to make room for suitcases and other baggage. the centre console features a touch screen interface that gives users access to news and route information among other things. to keep the streets clean, the milano taxi will run off of lithium ion batteries that  provides an estimated 186 mile driving range. while it is still in the concept phase, I’m sure fair-goers at this year’s milan design week would love to take this cab to their next event.

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image: volkswagen

 

image: volkswagen

 

image: volkswagen

 

image: volkswagen

 

image: volkswagen

 

image: volkswagen

 

image: volkswagen

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  • I love the idea, but being a vehicle though of as a taxi, i would’ve contemplated more passenger capacity. specially cause milano is such a touristic destination. and im not absolutely sure that using the front passenger seat as luggage space, is enough at all.

    toski says:
  • What about the security of the taxidriver? The open space in the front makes the driver look vulnerable to unexpected actions of drunken passengers.

    Debi says:
  • How far does a taxi drive in a day? Less than 186 miles, one supposes.

    Nermal says:
  • I would like to see more security for the driver and more luggage space for passengers. In fact, this taxi doesnt suppose a tourist would ever have one or two 31-inch suitases, or that any passenger would ever have boxes from shopping. When i saw the outside boxy appearance i thought it meant abundant space inside and i was wrong. So in the end this isnt better than anything else. When VW says it made this especially for Milan, does it mean locals never travel or shop or move any goods? The emphasis here seems to be on the taxi, not the passenger, so what the hell does the word TAXI mean?

    charles says:
  • Issues: Size, a taxi is required to take passengers & luggage. This vehicle appears to be too small. Security & Comfort of driver: no partition to protect the driver and area of driving position appears to be quite confining. FWD (assumption on my part) is not noted for good steering lock, which is something a taxi driver really appreciates. Range of 186 miles is insufficient, unless the ability to change batteries is made easy d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • VW, take a trip in NYC and then build a Cab for NYC. Forget Milan! The British Taxi might even be better already. 186 miles is not enough. The car is too small for 3 passangers and luaggage. Drive the the car in the Bronx and you will see how dangerous your model is, VW!
    Go back to the drawing board.
    Make a good TAXI, you can do it, VW !!!

    Hans says:
  • Please, we need tube and public transports…no more private or taxi vehicles!

    directly from Milan says:
  • In Europe, Taxi drivers are not assaulted that often, guys! Most of the above comments (security, size…) seems very american-centered…

    Stan Schmidt says:
  • wat is milan specific in this taxi….?
    further, wudn it be rather cumbersome for da cabbie, given that he has no dorr for himself!?

    sooshan says:

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