Nissan Taxi for London to be built in Coventry
By Kyle Lindsay
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:00
LOCATION: Made for London, built in Coventry
Coventry-based ADV Manufacturing will be responsible for the final assembly of Nissan’s Taxi for London.
Due to hit London’s streets later this year, the vehicle will be built at a brand-new, dedicated taxi manufacturing facility, thanks to an investment of £6million.
ADV will aim to deliver the first petrol-engined versions in December, with an all-electric variant to be launched by Nissan next year.
The base vehicle will be sourced from Nissan’s Barcelona factory and shipped to the ADV plant in Coventry for final taxi assembly.
Transformation includes new bodywork, taxi interior refit and revised suspension and steering.
James Wright, Managing Director of Nissan Motor GB, added: “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.”
Brendan O’Toole, CEO of ADV Manufacturing, added: “This is great news for ADV and indeed for the city of Coventry.
“The company is already taking on more engineers, technicians and other specialist staff to reinforce our product development group.
“We will be expanding and training our production team to build taxis from the early summer.
“With Coventry University turning out world-class engineers and an army of great workers steeped in automotive manufacturing disciplines right on our doorstep, we couldn’t be located in a better place to launch such an exciting and prestigious project as the new Taxi for London.
“We anticipate the Nissan taxi will become the new market standard and thereby underpin sustainable jobs at ADV for many years.”