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Windy 10-04-2006 02:00 PM

Shanghai Englon TX4 - The London Taxi
China hails black cab agreement

The iconic cab could be a regular sight in Chinese cities by 2008
One of the biggest manufacturers of the iconic London black cab has signed a £53m joint-venture agreement to build the car in China.
Manganese Bronze's proposed new plant in Shanghai will be able to make up to 20,000 taxis a year.

The vehicles are earmarked for China and other emerging car markets.

The firm will retain its London Taxis International plant in Coventry, which has made more than 100,000 black cabs since production began in 1948.

A legally-binding agreement between Manganese Bronze and Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely is expected to be signed in the next few weeks.

'Increase appeal'

"The London black taxi is an iconic vehicle" - Li Shufu, Zhejiang Geely chairman

The UK firm will invest £19.85m as its share of the venture and will have the rights to sell the cars to markets outside of Asia.

Finance director Mark Fryer said that the deal, when finalised, would "increase the appeal of our iconic vehicle around the world".

"There are more than one million vehicles used as taxis in China, and the London taxi will add to the choice available to the Chinese consumer," Mr Fryer said.

"Big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai offer major opportunities but Geely has more than 1,000 dealerships across China so it's a truly nationwide prospect."

As well operating as regular taxis, the vehicles will be sold as limousines to hotels and to wealthy private owners.

Chinese optimism

Last year Manganese sold 2,412 black cabs, with price tags between £22,000 and £30,000.

The high cost of vehicles as well as export fees have made overseas growth difficult.

Mr Fryer said that some of the parts bought by the joint venture may be shipped to the UK making the operation at Coventry "even more viable".

"There will be no redundancies as a result of this," he said. "If anything we will be recruiting people to support the joint venture."

Zhejiang Geely, which began making cars in 1996, has seen car demand grow by 50% in the last six months and its chairman Li Shufu welcomed the proposed deal.

"The London black taxi is an iconic vehicle and we believe that the joint venture can create significant value for shareholders of both sides," he said.

"We look forward to a significant export opportunity and we are confident that the joint venture will be a success."

Hong Kong already has London taxis which were made elsewhere and shipped to the territory.

m14 10-04-2006 03:35 PM

great deal for geely, for a year or so, chinese automakers need to make deals like this, and then can move to the giant deals...hope this deal gets confirmed

BringIt 10-04-2006 05:26 PM

Hmm, those taxis are ugly and hardly high tech; is it really a good idea??? Anyone can probably come up with a better design, even Geely.

cryptonx 10-04-2006 08:00 PM

no not even geely :P

I dunno where they learned to design , or what do they teach thier car designers !

I have nothing against them but they are just too ugly for my taste . even the latest FC also looks wierd .

Chery is doing a great job on the otherhand .

m14 10-04-2006 11:12 PM


Originally Posted by BringIt
Hmm, those taxis are ugly and hardly high tech; is it really a good idea??? Anyone can probably come up with a better design, even Geely.

they have a classic look, and they are supposed to, thats the old british feel

mrgq 10-05-2006 12:11 AM

if ugly = money, so be it :)

dragin 10-15-2006 02:35 PM

Geely's multiple challenges
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Originally Posted by m14
great deal for geely, for a year or so, chinese automakers need to make deals like this, and then can move to the giant deals...hope this deal gets confirmed on October 5 said that this agreement has been signed.

Back in the summer of 2002 China Daily reported that Brilliance Auto would start to produce "Grace-brand" (London) taxi cabs in cooperation with Manganese Bronze Holdings at the end of the year, but the deal fell through. Hope that Geely can make a better go of it.

Also hope that Geely is not spreading itself too thin, and can macro-manage all the projects that it now has on its plate. It's juggling a lot of balls, what with the ongoing project in Hong Kong to build the 3.0Liter GH-1, a new plant planned for Gansu Province in the north (far from home), and talk of an assembly plant for the U.S..

I wonder which of these models it will produce. The classic or the more aero one?

ash 10-16-2006 02:54 AM

goin to pakistan ..
London's black cabs en route to streets of Pakistan

By Tosin Sulaiman

MANGANESE BRONZE is in talks that could lead to traditional London taxis rolling along the streets of Pakistan by the end of the year.
The maker of black cabs confirmed that it would be ready to start shipping its cabs to Pakistan within months after a series of talks with Prime Transport, a listed Karachi-based company. The vehicles are manufactured by a Manganese Bronze subsidiary, London Taxis International, which became the largest UK-owned carmaker after the demise of MG Rover last year.

Pakistan’s Government has given Prime Transport permission to import the first 300 taxis duty-free, Dawood Khan, its chief executive, told The Times. The company also wants to start building an assembly plant on a 300-acre site in Karachi in January and plans to produce up to 4,000 black cabs in Pakistan each year.

“We are very anxious to get this started,” he said. “We want to begin operation in December. That means we will be importing the complete built-up taxis from the UK.

“Early next year we should start building the assembly line in Karachi. We anticipate that we will be producing around 3,500 to 4,000 vehicles a year in Pakistan for the Pakistani market.”

The cabs, which Prime Transport plans to sell to taxi firms rather than individuals, initially will operate in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore, Mr Khan said. They will carry passengers to and from Pakistan’s leading international airports, where parking spaces and booking offices have been provided for them.

A spokesman for Manganese Bronze confirmed that the company was in talks with Prime Transport and had received an order for 300 taxis.

“Prime Transport continues to talk to Manganese Bronze and remains keen to do a deal. Manganese Bronze would be delighted to export taxis to Pakistan,” he said, adding that this could take place by the end of the year.

However, the spokesman said that Manganese would direct most of its efforts towards China after signing a £53 million deal this month with Zhejiang Geely, the Chinese car manufacturer, to produce 20,000 taxis a year for the Asian market.

“The focus of attention is very much on China right now,” he said.

Investors will be looking for further signs of recovery at Manganese Bronze when its full-year results are published on Wednesday. A consensus of analysts is predicting pre-tax profits to come in at £2.5 million, compared with £2.3 million last year.

There are about 21,000 black cabs in London made by Manganese and thousands more across the UK, as well as small numbers around the rest of the world, in countries such as the United States, Spain and South Africa.

Last year, Manganese sold 2,412 black cabs, with prices ranging between £22,000 and £30,000, although special edition cars can sell for much more.


93 per cent of London’s black cabs are manufactured by Manganese Bronze

Its closest rival is Metrocab, in Tamworth

Manganese Bronze makes 2,500 taxis in Coventry each year

Since 1948 the company has produced 100,000 black cabs

About 90 per cent of sales are in the UK

Manganese has exported cabs to South Africa, Nigeria, Canada, Germany and America,00.html

Raul 11-13-2006 09:33 AM

Geely will release new brand
Google translation:

"Geely will be on the basis of joint ventures in copper and manganese launched its own brand of a luxury car in China -- England Dili.On this basis, Geely will be realized in the future integration of technology digestion manganese and copper models based on the localization of production.England Dili China will be defined as the top luxury car brand.According to Geely currently envisaged, the appearance of the Rolls Royce brand models are smaller than the current No. 1Currently, the whole body and a series of high-end Mercedes and BMW models similar,However, the overall design of the models currently in production will emulate some of the surfactant,cab and the passenger room is complete separation along the back super storage space."

Who can explain what's going on ?

mrgq 11-13-2006 04:17 PM

hmm cant be happening..its just stupid to rebrand itself before it can even stand on its own 2 feet in china alone..

it also owns shanghai maple....they have way too much on their plate and geely just cant seem to do anything but keeps goaling to do everything!!:confused:

edge 11-28-2006 05:44 PM

I can't even understand what the hell they are talking about.

England Dili? What the... whatever.

dragin 11-28-2006 11:24 PM

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After a failed (or aborted) attempt by Brilliance Auto in 2002, Geely has reached an agreement with the British Manganese Bronze Holdings to produce the famous London black taxicab in China. Production is to begin in mid 2008 and capacity will be about 20,000 a year to start.

Is Geely spreading itself too thin these days?

chinacartimes 11-29-2006 08:48 AM

Dragin is correct - Geely will make the London cabs in the future, England di li is referring to the Chinese name Ying = first part of england Lun = first part of london di = ruler/monarch/emperor hua = can mean china/chinese or magnificent or flourishing.

That Google translator is doing everything word for word and the grammar is pretty much straight word for word too.

Theres a better article here

Although I have wrote about this before on China car times, see my sig. ;)

m14 05-29-2007 07:04 PM

Geely to sell London taxis in China, Hong Kong
Ambitious Geely, which makes no secret of its eventual plans to expand globally using some of its home country's cheapest-made cars, may start exports with Hong Kong -- bringing a common London sight to the former British colony more than a decade after it reverted to Chinese rule.

"We estimate the production cost can be lowered at least by half," Geely Executive Director Lawrence Ang told reporters on Monday after showing the firms' newest London cab to pre-selected Hong Kong taxi drivers.

Prices had not been finalised but Ang said U.K.-made models sold at nearly 40,000 pounds ($79,350). Geely and Manganese have set up a joint venture in Shanghai that can crank out 10,000 of the cabs a year in about a dozen colours apart from the familiar black, tailored to specific markets and customer demand, and another 30,000 intended for private limousine or sedan use.

It will eventually serve as a global base for production and export to Southeast Asia and, eventually, other regions.

Manganese's U.K. production arm, London Taxi International Plc (LTI), will also benefit in terms of securing cheap Chinese parts, said Matthew Cheyne, LTI's international marketing director.

""From the U.K. point of view, the benefit is we got cost of production saving of 50 percent, 40 percent, whatever it is, sourcing cheap parts in China and that's enough for our benefit," he said.

LTI sold about 2,850 taxis in the United Kingdom last year and exported a very small number of the cabs to overseas markets, such as South Africa, France and Germany.

imoto 07-17-2007 06:57 AM

The London cab made by Geely will go on sale in Singapore soon.

m14 11-12-2007 10:59 PM

Geely made London Taxi's coming to Detroit Auto Show and US market fro sale
Among the cars that Geely will be bringing to the Detroit Auto Show this year is the London Taxi, which as its name suggests is their version of the recognizable black English cab. The Chinese automaker has made a deal with the largest British maker of these cabs (Manganese Bronze Holdings) to produce the classy black boxes in Shanghai on-the-cheap and then hopefully bring them to the US for sale by 2010.

mememe 11-13-2007 02:33 AM

ok I don't understand it. Geely's sale in China is not even robust and why they are always talking about hitting Europe or America, I mean if they cannot even win the heart and the trust of Chinese consumers then I don't know what they are thinking about Western consumers.

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Geely tx4 ltc concept at Auto China:

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Normal Geely tx4.

CCF mod 04-28-2008 11:21 AM

London black cab to regain glory through "made-in-China"


April 28, 2008 - The London black cab, regarded as one of the capital city's icons, is to regain its glory through a joint program with a Chinese car manufacturer in Shanghai, where the first London black cab is expected to roll out in about six weeks.

Manganese Bronze, the former sole owner of the London black cab and now a shareholder with Chinese car manufacturer Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. in their joint venture -- Shanghai LTI Automobile Ltd., said that the new "made-in-China" model, will enable China to leapfrog with greener cabs of international reputation and enliven the London cab which was hard-hit by high costs.

"We are waiting with great excitement to see the London black cab rolling off the Shanghai production line," said Mark Fryer, Manganese's group finance and business development director.

Through the Shanghai production line, the "iconic black cab" history which seemed to come to an end for the high costs, will goon, in a much larger scale, said Fryer.

Manganese Bronze could greatly lower the cost of production when outsourcing its parts as a result of the cooperation with China's Geely, as its enlarged scale will enable them to approach bigger manufacturers with better quality parts, he said.

The first-ever black cab left the company's Coventry factory in1948, and since then, more than 100,000 vehicles have rolled off the production line in the automobile base city of Coventry.

But black cab production fell on hard times at the turn of the century when 70 percent of its parts had to be imported from continental Europe, driving up costs to an unaffordable level.

The cost of producing a TX4 black cab, Fryer said, runs at about 21,000 to 28,000 pounds, but that will be halved, once shifted to China, while at the same time retaining quality.

While continuing its Coventry production with parts imported from China, expectedly 100 percent from China by 2009, Fryer said that Manganese Bronze will do its best to promote sales of the London cab.

"We have pre-sold 500 of the Shanghai produced cabs," the Manganese Bronze director said, adding that he is planning to sell10,000 next year mainly in the U.S. market.

According to the joint venture plan, the Shanghai plant will have the capacity of turning out 40,000 vehicles every year.

Despite Manganese Bronze hosts warning them not to be surprised when they see an old and largely hand-made assembly line in the Coventry factory, many Chinese visitors still come back with a big question mark on their mind -- "is this the famous London black cab home?" Liu Hui, a London-based Chinese who had an on-the-spot tour, said.

The condition of the assembly line in Coventry was as good as it was almost half a century ago, Liu and his colleagues were told before their tour in the factory, but they were still surprised by what they saw.

Mike Brown, the operation director at Manganese Bronze Coventry headquarters, said that the factory in Coventry, still the center of auto industry in Britain, is about 29,000 square meters, but the Shanghai factory is at least twice the size.

Manganese Bronze agreed with Chinese car manufacturer Geely to hold equity in a joint venture company, Shanghai LTI Automobile Ltd, to produce four different vehicles: the iconic London Taxi, a limousine variant of the London Taxi and two additional large saloon cars.

The joint venture, with a total investment of about 53 million pounds(106 million U.S. dollars), is funded from shareholders' equity of 29 million pounds and bank loans of 24 million pounds.

LTI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manganese Bronze, will utilize the skills of its Coventry business to support the establishment of manufacturing in Shanghai, support quality initiatives in Shanghai LTI and sales in the world market.
source: Xinhua

penlei00 05-01-2008 03:06 PM

Re: Geely to manufacture British car Brand - The London Taxi
i like uk style,i post a uk flag on my motorcycle

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Geely's London Taxi debutes on Beijing taxi market
19.05.2008 - Geely delivered the first batch of 10 from a total of 50 London TX4 Taxi's to the Beijing Taxi Company on Sunday.

The cars are meant to transport disabled people, a couple of those were present at the handing-over ceremony close to the Great Wall.

The company that builds the taxi in China is called 'Shanghai England Taxi Company' and is a doughter company of Shanghai Maple Automotive which is a 100% doughter of Geely.

The engine is one of Geely's own 4 cilinder petrols.


djquest1 06-14-2008 03:16 PM

Re: Geely to manufacture British car Brand - The London Taxi
He looks very strange but maybe customers accept it ??
Who knows ?

Elyas 06-15-2008 06:35 PM

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Manganese Bronze builds iconic London black cab in China.


June 29, 2008 - The manufacturer of the iconic black cab in Coventry has now produced its first vehicle in China.

Manganese Bronze Holdings, parent company of Holyhead Road-based London Taxis International (LTI), has produced the first prototype TX4 taxi at its Chinese joint venture, LTI Shanghai.

The vehicle, along with other early production prototypes, will now be subjected to a thorough testing programme in accordance with the timetable leading to the start of commercial production at the end of 2008.

Manganese Bronze chief executive John Russell said: "We are pleased to have passed this milestone on the journey to commercial production of the world famous London taxi in China."

The company is working on the joint venture with Chinese car manufacturer Geely to help transform it into a global brand.

Geely has the rights to sell the London taxi in Asia while Manganese Bronze has the rights to distribute and sell the vehicle in the rest of the world.

LTI has produced black cabs in Coventry for 60 years. Mr Russell reaffirmed the company was committed to retaining production in city but added it was an exciting time to take the product global.

YAQEEN 08-11-2008 03:39 AM

TX4 taxi to be mass-produced in August
Shanghai, August 11 ( Geely TX4 taxi will be mass-produced from this month and will go on sale at the end of this year, reported Beijing News. Geely Automobile will also launch a 2.0L model after the previous 2.4L model, according to sources.

Geely TX4 taxi, manufactured by the Geely Automobile’s joint venture Shanghai LTI Automobile Components Co (established by Geely Holding Group and Manganese Bronze Holdings, in which Geely takes up 51% stock, Shanghai Maple accounts for 1%, totally 52% for Geely Holding Group as a controlling shareholder while Manganese Bronze Holdings controls 48% stock), has been put into trial operation during the current Beijing Olympic period, Geely sales sources said.

30 TX4 taxi cabs imported from Britain have been put into use after the engine and transmission change by Shanghai Maple. “The mass-produced TX4 taxi by Shanghai Maple will start from August and are expected to go on sale in this December in China”, a source unveiled.

TX4 taxi models are all equipped with a Mitsubishi 2.4L petrol engine and a five-speed manual transmission, to be priced at about 200,000-250,000 yuan, the source said.

Geely plans to launch another 2.0L TX4 taxi model as taxi drivers have pointed out the poor fuel economy of the high 2.4L model output, according to Geely sales sources.

The news was confirmed by Geely vice president Zhao Fuquan, who further disclosed that TX4 production will be raised to 30,000 units annually, including products for export.

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British Trade Minister, Lord Jones of Birmingham, has given LTI Vehicles a major boost by traveling around China and the city of Beijing in the world famous London Taxi.

Lord Jones opted for the distinctive purpose-built taxi while heading a UK trade delegation to Beijing during the Olympics. An iconic symbol of London, the taxi was used to promote a deal signed earlier this year with Chinese manufacturer Geely. The joint venture sees the London Taxi manufactured in China for sale to the Asian market.

A spokesman for UK Trade & Investment said: "The London Taxi has obvious practical benefits in that it is accessible for all. This deal is an example of the opportunities available in China.”

John Russell, Chief Executive of LTI's parent company Manganese Bronze, said: "Advance interest for the international variant of the TX4 is exceeding our expectations. These are exciting times for the company as our joint venture looks set to take our vehicles to a wider audience than ever before.

"The London Taxi offers businesses and their passengers a professional form of transport that is designed to offer unrivalled levels of comfort, safety and accessibility. We're delighted that Lord Jones chose the London Taxi to not only promote our deal with Geely but also to represent London by traveling in an internationally recognised symbol of the 2012 Olympic city."

Since initial enquiries for the London Taxi were made by customers, the firm has signed Memorandums of Understanding for over 6,000 vehicles to be delievered in the next three years.

Before full-scale production gets under way, 50 of the cabs will be distributed to taxi firms in Beijing for use at the Paralympics. The first ten cabs were delivered to taxi companies in Beijing and the Paralympic Organising Committee at a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Beijing, Guo Jinlong in June.

Windy 09-05-2008 01:33 PM

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London Taxi's famed black cabs made in China

FENGJING, China (AP) — London Taxis are as British as bowler hats and Big Ben. But the latest models coming off this new assembly line are unlikely to ever touch an English road.

At a sprawling factory in the lush green suburbs of Shanghai, young Chinese workers are busily gearing up for full-scale production of one of Britain's most iconic vehicles. It's part of an odd alliance that aims to give the distinctive black cab a greater presence outside its namesake city.
London Taxi International, which will continue to build nine out 10 cabs used in Britain at a factory in Coventry, England, couldn't grow production at its small-scale, high-cost plant. So it turned to a partner — and to China — as a way to drive overseas expansion.

"To say the writing was on the wall would be pushing it a bit too far. But you do need to make progress within the automotive industry," said Paul Stowe, a British auto executive who is overseeing the joint venture between Britain's Manganese Bronze Holdings PLC, owner of London Taxi International, and Geely Group Holdings, one of China's biggest independent automakers.

The venture is bearing fruit already, Stowe said, with agreements signed to sell 6,000 London Taxis from the Chinese factory, more than double the Coventry plant's annual output.

Most will go to cities outside China — places like Singapore, Dubai, Moscow — that covet the image associated with the London Taxis' tradition of good service and durability.

The cars are unlikely to displace other vehicles used as taxis in China given their higher price and the strong political sway of bigger automakers with the local officials in charge of city fleets.

Instead, LTI expects to sell them mostly to hotels, limousine services, airports, and individuals who might want to collect one, Stowe said.
Manganese Bronze Holdings hunted for nearly a decade for a suitable Chinese partner. Geely likewise was looking for a chance to bring onboard the new technology and quality upgrades it needs to get ahead in China's brutally competitive market, without risking being swallowed by a huge international rival.

"We were the right size and available at the right time. It works well for both companies," said Stowe, who in his 15-year automaking career already has completed almost a global tour of the industry, working first for Land Rover, then BMW, Jaguar, Ford, Lotus, MG-Rover and then MG Nanjing — a venture set up after Chinese automaker Nanjing Automobile Group bought MG-Rover.

Trial production of London Taxi's TX4, equipped with 2.4-liter Mitsubishi engines, began last week in Geely's sprawling Shanghai Maple factory, in the scenic canal town of Fengjing. By mid-December, the plant will launch mass production.

By boosting volume, LTI expects to reduce costs by up to 60 percent, with most of the savings coming not from cheaper labor but from less costly parts, Stowe said. The price for the vehicles hasn't been disclosed, but will be significantly cheaper than the British-made models, which sell for about 30,000 British pounds ($54,000), he said.
"Classical British Icon with Traditional Chinese Spirit," reads one of the many slogans in the factory.

Unlike most highly automated modern auto plants, there are few robots since the London Taxi is hand-built and hand-welded. The result is a heavy-duty, durable vehicle that can be driven 1 million miles and last several decades.

But it's the vehicle's traditional idiosyncrasies, such as its famed ability to make extremely tight turns, and the storage space next to the driver's seat that originally held hay bales in the days of horse and carriage, that give the black cab its appeal as "not just another car," says Stowe, who as deputy general manager of Shanghai LTI Automobile is busy plotting the venture's brand strategy.

Black cabs — which these days often come in other colors and are festooned with advertising — are seen strictly as a commercial vehicle back home. But in China, the vehicle's novelty, and notoriety from appearances in dozens of films, lends it a certain cachet.
"It's pretty cool to see a British car traveling on the street of Shanghai, just like in a movie scene," said Xu Bin, senior auto trend editor for the local magazine Metropolis.

But much will depend on how Geely, which is in charge of selling the cars in China and the rest of Asia, decides to market the vehicle: The terms of the 53 million pound ($95 million) deal gave the Chinese side a 52 percent share in the joint venture, as well as a 23 percent stake in Manganese Bronze Holdings. The British partner holds 48 percent of the joint venture and rights to sales of the vehicles in the rest of the world.

Stowe, who has sold the rights to his memoire of his experiences working in China with MG Nanjing to the BBC, seems something of an cultural ambassador in the automaking world.

To help explain the London Taxis' distinctive, tall-topped shape, he keeps a bowler hat on hand.

Although round, black bowler hats are an uncommon sight in London nowadays, decades-old British rules required that a gentleman be able to sit comfortably in the back of a London Taxi with his hat on.

"I actually purchased the bowler hat in London," he said, "but I was surprised to see when I looked at the label that it was made in China."

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Gonow.Europe 06-05-2009 11:27 AM

Re: Geely TX4 - The London Taxi
this is really nice. Does anybody know if Geely will import this vehicle in Europe? and which retailer network will the importer use?

kret 06-05-2009 04:55 PM

Re: Geely to manufacture British car Brand - The London Taxi

Originally Posted by djquest1
He looks very strange but maybe customers accept it ??
Who knows ?

that's normal TX4 ,they are exactly the same in uk..

Gag Halfrunt 06-06-2009 03:27 PM

Re: Geely TX4 - The London Taxi

Originally Posted by Gonow.Europe
this is really nice. Does anybody know if Geely will import this vehicle in Europe? and which retailer network will the importer use?

I don't know if LTI taxis are sold in other European countries, but it would be simpler just to bring them over from the UK.

Gonow.Europe 06-06-2009 04:16 PM

Re: Geely TX4 - The London Taxi
I don't know if they are still in production in UK.

Gag Halfrunt 06-06-2009 05:00 PM

Re: Geely TX4 - The London Taxi
They are.

dragin 06-06-2009 10:09 PM

Re: Geely TX4 - The London Taxi

Those two phillips head screws exposed on the face of the dash reminds me of a bride wearing combat boots on her wedding night.

And what about that accelerator pedal.....isn't it a bit primitive?

CCF mod 06-08-2009 12:59 PM

Chinese made London Cab launched on June, 8th.

The Chinese made TX4 taxi cab was launched today, aiming itself squarely at the ‘business car‘ sector, and perhaps even at the taxi market.

The TX4 will be sold to cabbies, and regular folks alike via Geely dealerships across China starting from today. The TX4, now being sold under the ‘Englon’ brand, will be sold for 200,800rmb and 220,800rmb depending on specification.

The models being offered are a 2.4 gasoline manual model (200,800rmb), a 2.5l diesel manual model (210,800rmb), and the top of the line 2.5 diesel automatic model (220,800rmb).

We’re unsure if cabbies will leave their Santana’s in droves to pick up the TX4, the high pricing is nearly two and a half times what a Santana costs, but on other hand you have a novelty vehicle. Taxi drivers are leaning towards the larger Passat in some cities, but even the 2.0l Passat is cheaper than the TX4.

The TX4 is being built in Shanghai via a JV between London LTI, and Geely.

sources: and China Car Times

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Video about China-made London taxi from BBC:

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