A van-based six-passenger taxi is the latest cab off the rank, having just gone into service in the UK’s capital.
Built to London Taxi standards, the Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi is fully wheelchair accessible and offers saloon seating for up to six passengers. It’s the latest van-based taxi to be approved for work in the capital as an alternative to the traditional black cab, joining the outgoing Vito and the Peugeot Partner as a more spacious choice of cab that still meets the city’s demanding requirements.
Tested by real ‘cabbies’ at VanExperience Live in June 2016, and most recently as part of a marketing campaign around the city, the London edition of the new Vito Taxi uses a low-emission 114CDI Euro 6 engine, offering 136 hp.
It has a seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox as standard, with a column change lever to reduce driver fatigue.
The London-specific model comes with a Compact body length and incorporates a rear steering axle that allows it to meet the famous 25ft turning circle rule as prescribed by the Public Carriage Office so it can execute a U-turn in London’s congested streets.
Standard equipment also includes fuel-saving measures like the engine Start/Stop function, air conditioning for the driver and passengers, electric folding mirrors, electrically operated sliding doors on both sides and an electrical nearside and off-side step.
The new Vito Taxi comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty and round-the-clock emergency roadside assistance.
Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, commented, “We know that the London taxi fraternity has been waiting in anticipation for us to bring the new Vito Taxi to market – our previous cab took the industry by storm and has sold in excess of 3,000 units since its launch in 2008.
“The new Vito Taxi is quite simply a game-changer in every sense of the word and I’m very proud that our black cab helps to keep businesses moving – both the businesses of the taxi drivers, and the businesses of their clients. I look forward to hearing the feedback of how it is improving the fuel-economy and comfort for our hard-working professional drivers.”