Well, they didn't choose the ugliest design, instead going for the most boring.
This biggest problem I have with this design is the lack of handicap accessibility. In this day, choosing a design that doesn't give one in a wheelchair a chance to hail a cab like anyone else is inexcusable. If the city didn't like Karsan, the only design that was accessible, they should have rejected all entries and reopened the design. Karsan wasn't chosen because the powers that be feared that the Turkish upstart didn't have enough experience building cars. Considering the experience Ford and Nissan have, one might think they should have been able to come up with better designs.
Sorry Karsan, better luck next time. Or, perhaps offer a bigger bribe.