- First 50 Shanghai made London Taxis Arrive in Shanghai
- Gold Colour has been selected to highlight the quality of the vehicles
- London Taxi Fleet Will Expand to 200 Units in Early 2015
14 October 2014, Shanghai/London. The first fifty Shanghai produced London Taxis have been signed over to local taxi fleet operator Shanghai Qiang Sheng Taxi Company.
The first 50 vehicles hit Shanghai roads on Saturday 11th October at a low key handover event. The fleet will be boosted by a further 150 units in early 2015 bringing the total number of TX4 taxi cabs on Shanghai roads up to 200 units with further expansion set for the future.
Production of the London Taxi began in 2008 in Shanghai, two years after the announcement of a joint venture between Geely Auto and Manganese Bronze Holdings, in 2013 Geely moved to buy 100% of Manganese Bronze Holdings to allow London Taxi to develop into a truly global brand.
Gold has been chosen as the signature colour for the vehicles as by Shanghai Qiang Sheng Taxi Group, which operate the local taxi fleet, owing to its opulent feeling and the ability to stand out on Shanghai roads were most taxis are red or blue sedans.
The locally produced London Taxi Cab was chosen for fleet use by Qiang Sheng owing to its superior carrying capacity of six passengers as well as easy access for disabled and elderly users. James Lin, General Manager of Shanghai London Taxi Company commented: “The TX4 London Taxi has become the global standard for taxi vehicles the world over with the TX vehicle series being used in London, Europe, America, the Middle East and of course we are now here in China’s greatest and most vibrant city: Shanghai”
The Shanghai London Taxi Company has moved aggressively in the past few months to introduce the TX4 taxi into multiple Chinese cities including Beijing, Xiamen, Ningbo, Hangzhou, Ordos, Changsha, Dalian, Qingdao etc with Shanghai London Taxi planning to expand further in China in the near future.
Initial feedback from early users indicates that the iconic TX4 is already winning over fans on the streets of Shanghai. A Shanghai graduate student, Wang Nan, recently took her grandmother from Huang Pu district to Shanghai’s Zhongshan Park via TX4 as her grandmothers advanced age requires the use of a wheelchair. “It was the first time that we’ve been able to take our grandmother out for several months as its too difficult to use the local subway system with an elderly person, in the future we will be able to take her out much more thanks to the golden cabs.”
The golden carriages can be booked via phone ahead of time (021 625 80000) for door to door service or they can be hailed from the side of the road throughout Shanghai.