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New York City's future taxi fleet approved

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A prototype of the Nissan NV200 taxi is off-loaded from a truck April 2 in New York. The city's Taxi and Limousine commission approved the new fleet of Nissan cabs on Thursday.

New York City's future yellow taxi has been chosen.

It'll be a fleet of Nissan NV200s with skylights and electronic charging plugs, plus retractable steps that make entering and exiting easier.

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The new model was approved Thursday by the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission with a 5-2 vote.

The Nissans will replace the more than 13,000 existing cabs as they age and are retired — based on a five-year schedule created by the TLC.

The new taxis will be on New York roads starting in the fall of 2013.

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The Japanese-made Nissan is not wheelchair accessible. But TLC officials say there are now about 200 accessible taxis dispatched upon request, and another 2,000 are to be added as the rest of the fleet hits the road.

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