London Taxi Wanted Around The World

London Taxi

 

Whilst Transport for London is keeping the taxi industry waiting for their final announcement on whether the Conditions of Fitness which govern the design and manufacturer of the traditional London Black Cab will change, the number of overseas markets wanting to adopt the iconic London Taxi for its own taxi fleets is growing.

LTI Vehicles from Coventry, who manufacturer the famous London Taxi, have already supplied their TXII vehicles to Mexico, China and Nigeria and have recently taken over the sales and service operation in the USA to meet the increasing demand.

Three further export markets have now opened up for LTI.

Following a recent Society of Motor Manufacturers delegation from the UK visiting Russia, discussions between a possible local agent and LTI Vehicles have just started with a view to sending London Taxis to Moscow.

The famous London black cab is also now on the streets in South Africa. The first 22 LTI TXII taxis are now picking up fares in Cape Town and Johannesburg and a further 42 vehicles are currently being shipped from the UK.

The lucrative Middle East market too has opened up to LTI Vehicles. Two-specially built TXII London Taxis are heading for the streets of Kuwait for a real life road test. Following those initial tests the vehicles will then go to Dubai for extreme humidity testing. These tests will go on until the end of September when the importer MMG are expected to place orders for a significant number of British taxis to operate in Kuwait and UAE cities.

Technical changes required for the British built taxis include larger radiators and air conditioning condensers and the use of heatproof materials for the taxi sign on the roof to withstand the outside temperatures that exceed 50 degrees centigrade in the shade.

Matthew Cheyne, Sales and Marketing Director for LTI Vehicles said, "London currently has the best taxis in the world and the world markets want to have the best taxis available. Increasing demand from overseas is not just about the quality and durability of these purpose built vehicles, it’s to do with buying a British icon. Customers worldwide love them and we of course love supplying them to new and emerging markets."

5 August 2005 Staff

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