Nissan has revealed that Coventry-based ADV Manufacturing will be responsible for the final assembly of its new made-in-Barcelona Taxi for London, due to hit the streets of the capital later this year.
The deal represens a joint investment with Nissan of £6 million to build a brand new, dedicated taxi manufacturing facility in Coventry.
Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President of Nissan, revealed the news as part of his address to students at Coventry University, where he was delivering the prestigious Bugatti Lecture on the future of motoring.
ADV will build the new production facility for Nissan’s new Taxi for London adjacent to its existing premises, with a view to delivering the first petrol-engined versions in December 2014. An all-electric variant of the black cab, whose final design was unveiled in London earlier this year, will be launched by Nissan in 2015.
ADV was selected as the final assembly partner “on the basis of its expertise and track record in the production of specialist vehicles, and on its ability to meet Nissan’s rigorous manufacturing standards”.
The base vehicle will be sourced from Nissan’s Barcelona factory and shipped to the ADV plant in Coventry for final taxi assembly. The extensive taxi transformation includes new bodywork, taxi interior refit and revised suspension and steering.
Nissan Motor GB managing director, James Wright, said: “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, said: “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.”
Copyright Ken Hurst 2014