Admittedly they're not calling it that, and are instead using the boring "Taxi of Tomorrow." But yes, NYC government officials have revealed photos of the three finalists in a competition to redesign the currently ever-evolving New York Taxi. Nissan, Ford, and a Turkish manufacturer named Karsan are behind the boxlike designs.
All three display a rather boring homogeneity, but it looks like the minivan form factor is a sure thing. I'd say the sliding doors of a minivan are a better design for the city, having seen more than one bicyclist crash into a suddenly-flung-open taxi door, and subsequently restore his honor by beating the living shit out of the door-flinger. Other than that details are pretty light. Each one boasts of roomier interiors, but that's not hard to pull off when the incumbent is a Crown Vic, which made you feel like you were sitting in the back of a police car (because, well, you were).
The winner should be chosen by next year, and will be rewarded with a billion-dollar contract to supply all of Gotham's hacks. We're talking 13,000 vehicles over ten years, starting in 2014. It'd be nice to see a promotional commercial where Bobby De Niro drives the new cab to the Village and shoots up a whorehouse, but I'm guessing that's not gonna happen.
Hit the jump to see the finalists (Ford, Nissan, and Karsan, in order).
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