Alfa Romeo New York Taxi

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Alfa Romeo New York Taxi
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Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) invitation to the showing of the Alfa Romeo New York Taxi
Overview
ManufacturerAlfa Romeo
Production1976
DesignerItaldesign Giugiaro

The Alfa Romeo New York Taxi is a concept car designed by Italdesign in 1976 at the invitation of New York Museum of Modern Art.[1]

The concept was designed under guidelines from the Museum of Modern Art to produce a cleaner, more efficient taxi. It featured a wheelbase of 158 in (4,000 mm) and could seat five. It also featured a flat floor, space to store wheelchairs, storage under the seats, and sliding doors on both sides, being one of the first cars to have them.[2] It is based on the front-wheel drive running gear of the Alfa Romeo F12 van, including a 1.3L petrol engine and independent suspension front and rear.[3]

Some of the design principles explored with the New York Taxi were expanded upon with the Lancia Megagamma, a less boxy, more streamlined prototype that gave form to the modern multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Taxi". Ital Design. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Concept Car of the Week: New York Taxi (1976) - Car Design News". Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  3. ^ Stevens, Tony (2011). "A Romeo? What's That?". Romeo Register. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  4. ^ Lewin, Tony; Borroff, Ryan (2010). "Chapter 15: Concept Cars That Transformed Car Design". How to Design Cars Like a Pro. Minneapolis, MN USA: MBI Publishing. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-7603-3695-3. Retrieved 2013-11-14.

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