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Nissan's London taxi to be built in UK

Nissan has announced that its new London taxi will be built in Coventry.

The cabs will be shipped from Spain for final assembly by ADV Manufacturing at a new plant as part of a £6m joint investment by the firms.

The pre-assembly vehicle will be shipped from Nissan's factory in Barcelona, which makes the NV200 van on which the taxi is based.

ADV said it was already taking on more engineers and other staff, and would be expanding its production team.

The first 1.6-litre petrol-engine models are set to be produced from December, with an electric version expected to be launched in 2015.

Andy Palmer, executive vice president of Nissan, revealed the news as part of a lecture on the future of motoring.

Coventry is already home to the London Taxi Company, owned by Chinese vehicle manufacturer Geely.

Eco City Vehicles distributes a taxi version of the Mercedes-Benz Vito which is converted by its subsiduary One80 in Coventry.


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