• CARLOS ANTICOY Posted: 2/26/2008 10:28pm PST

    A interesting option are the compact minivans like Mazda 5 and Kia Rondo, but the hybrid cars are the winner choice: Malibu, Camry, Aura, Altima, Vue 2mode and Escape.

  • Deanna Sclar Posted: 2/25/2008 8:11pm PST

    As the author of Auto Repair for Dummies (Wiley) I am writing a new edition that will be the first "Green" car book. Having researched alternative fuels and vehicles thoroughly, I suggest (as a New Yorker born and bred) that taxis powered by biodiesel are the best answer. They are not only "clean" but biodiesel can be made from the grease from restaurants and other plant materials that would otherwise foul up the overloaded garbage dumps in the NYC area. Truly a recycling/clean air/affordable triple whammy for engaging our fleet of taxis as a positive factor in fighting global warming!

  • Larry Williams Posted: 2/25/2008 5:42pm PST

    The Transit Connect is certainly an interesting vehicle. Did not realize anyone knew about them. My guess is that FORD would have to be pro-active enough to relaize they already make a vehicle. We'll see.

  • Hiram Posted: 2/25/2008 3:36pm PST

    Bio-diesel tdi 4 cil mini vans,to get rid of all fried stuff oil of restaurants!

  • Dion Posted: 2/22/2008 5:20pm PST

    What about Fords new transit connect. Roomy, economical, inexpensive, and proven record in Europe. It would be an excellent choice.

  • John Doering Posted: 2/21/2008 8:17pm PST

    Bring back the Checker with a new, efficient powertrain

  • Ted Posted: 2/21/2008 7:43pm PST

    It's actually only about 11,000 units a year, which makes the business case pretty tough.

  • larry williams Posted: 2/21/2008 6:19pm PST

    The Standard TAxi does incorporate some interesting designs, but it is fugly, huge and not fuel efficient. Besides, it is only a concept, they have never built any. My guess is the Taxi Folks in NYC have an idea and if it were a vehicle already manufactured, it would have been adopted.

  • brian Posted: 2/21/2008 6:04pm PST

    Long-wheelbase Ford Escape Hybrid, anyone?

  • Jeremy Mutz Posted: 2/21/2008 4:56pm PST

    Chrysler should offer a four-cylinder, two-mode hybrid Dodge Caravan. Chrysler, for one, could use another 50,000 sales.

  • John Posted: 2/21/2008 4:51pm PST

    What's the return on interest for a car company to design a car just for taxis? We got to be talking under 50K units a year.

  • who_the Posted: 2/21/2008 1:22am PST

    A Mazda5 with a hybrid powertrain. Or a Siena.

    Too bad the Standard Taxi is so fugly. It is a remarkable vehicle. It seems this RFI is an implicit rejection of the Standard Taxi design, since the Standard meets so many of the basic requirements yet is not being adopted.

  • larry williams Posted: 2/20/2008 7:39pm PST

    Yes, like the london cab, but that vehicle has not proven to be able to withstand NYC. Plus the london cab is not very green.