Toyota has just introduced a new taxi vehicle for the Japanese market, called the JPN Taxi. The new model, which is available for purchase at Toyota dealership in Japan nationwide, embodies the spirit of Japanese hospitality and showcases a people-friendly design for anyone and everyone.

Toyota will be displaying this vehicle at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with further plans to have the JPN Taxis greet visitors and tourist alike when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Powered by an efficient 1.5-litre liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hybrid system that returns 19.4 km/L and low emissions, the JPN Taxi also features some of Toyotas latest driver assistance system for a safer commute.

Toyota has given the taxi vehicle a modern image without sacrificing the iconic taxi silhouette and practicality. The JPN Taxi is available in two distinct trims – standard Nagomi and luxurious Takumi. Nagomi models get halogen headlights, smaller wheels and lesser cosmetic trims. Takumi models gets slapped on with LED headlamps with positioning lamps, larger alloys and chrome trims all round. Talk about travelling in style!

The benefit of its tall design is clearly shown inside, with the rear passengers enjoying 230 mm of head room. This JPN Taxi comes with a wide-opening rear sliding door and low floor for better ingress and egress. There are place handles and wheelchair ramp for greater convenience to customers.

Other features such as seat belt extender, LED lit seat belt buckle, rear air vents with Nanoe air purifier, back seat heating (Takumi grade only) and sound-proof glass all contributes to greater comfort for the passengers. Storage space is rated at 401 litres.

On Takumi grade vehicles, the driver will also benefit from a high-tech working space with the car dispatch system, air conditioning, and other instruments operated by the driver are positioned on the driver’s right side while the navigation (GPS) system and taxi meter are placed in view of the passengers. The hazard switch, which is frequently used, can be easily controlled on the steering wheel.

As standard the JPN Taxi comes with six airbags, Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C) that bundles Pre-Crash Safety System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Advance Car Launch Notification, as well as your usual safety systems such as ABS, EBD and ESC.


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Adrian Chia
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