Toyota JPN Taxi
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|Toyota JPN Taxi (AP10)|
A Nihon Kotsu Toyota JPN Taxi.
|Also called||Toyota Comfort Hybrid (Hong Kong)|
|Production||October 2017 – present|
|Assembly||Japan: Shizuoka Toyota Motor East Japan (East-Fuji plant)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door station wagon|
|Platform||Toyota B platform|
|Engine||1.5 L 1NZ-FXP I4 (NTP10)|
|Transmission||1-speed planetary gear|
|Hybrid drivetrain||Full hybrid (THS II)|
|Wheelbase||2,750 mm (108.3 in)|
|Length||4,400 mm (173.2 in)|
|Width||1,695 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,750 mm (68.9 in)|
It is based on the JPN Taxi Concept that was exhibited at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. It is a successor to Toyota Comfort and Toyota Crown Sedan. It extends the second generation Sienta with a low floor and high ceiling style.
The passenger door on the driver's seat side is a hinged door that can easily distinguish the opened and closed state from the front and rear, and prevent the passenger from jumping forward.
The vehicle is based around a "universal design" model. The rear passenger door is an electrical slide door and it is possible to get on and off in a wheelchair. The rear seats also fold up, and a ramp folds out, to accommodate wheelchair passengers.
The powertrain is based on the hybrid system "THS II" and newly adopted "LPG hybrid system" compatible with LPG fuel. The engine uses 1.5L 1NZ-FXP, and an electric water pump that does not require auxiliary belt maintenance.
The battery is nickel hydride. In order to realize a flat floor, the battery is thin and placed under the floor.
The rear cargo area is spacious enough to hold two large suitcases or four golf bags, while the passenger compartment offers nine inches of headroom due to its high roof. The vehicle comes equipped with built-in soundproofing and air purification, while the high-end "Takumi" model includes a ceiling-mounted air circulator and a heating system for the rear seats.
The JPN Taxi is manufactured at the Toyota plant in Higashi-Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, along with the Toyota Century, Toyota Porte and Toyota Spade. Toyota plans to move production to one of its north-eastern plants in Miyagi Prefecture or Iwate Prefecture by 2020.
As of May 2018[update], the JPN Taxi accounted for around 10% of Tokyo taxis, while the traditional Toyota Comfort model accounted for around 70%. By mid-2020 (the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo), Toyota expects the JPN Taxi to account for about one-third of the Tokyo fleet.
Four of the taxis were brought to Hong Kong initially for research and field testing before they were adopted into service.
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