Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Taxi of Tomorrow may be built in Brooklyn

Karsan, the Turkish upstart that is leading the race for NYC's Taxi of Tomorrow, has upped the ante by promising to build their taxis in Brooklyn. From Transportation Nation:
The Turkish automaker Karsan has informed New York city officials that they’d outfit a 250, 000 square foot space at the south Brooklyn marine terminal to produce thousands of vehicles if they’re selected to be the “Taxi of Tomorrow” manufacturer.

Karsan USA President Bill Wachtel [WACT-tell] says since they’re planning to partner with [the American company] Chrysler for the engines, transmissions and gear boxes, it’s actually a better to assemble the vehicles here.

“It makes far more sense for us to build the car in Brooklyn than it does to send all these U.S. components to Turkey and ship it back,” Karsan USA President Bill Wachtel says. he says his proposal includes a partnership with Chrysler to build engines, transmissions, and gear boxes for the taxis.

Wachtel says the project could provide 2-300 local jobs at the outset.
Brooklyn can certainly use a few hundred manufacturing jobs. And, as the Karsan entry is the only one that is fully handicapped accessible, I hope they win the contest.

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