Nissan’s Taxi for London to be assembled in Coventry

nissantaxiNissan 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

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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