Karsan Could Build Future NYC Taxis In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – It’s looks like it comes from another world, but it could end up coming from simply an outer borough.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell With Karsan USA’s William Wachtel

If Karsan USA officially wins the contract to build New York City’s new taxi fleet, it wants to do it at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

Company president William Wachtel doesn’t see any reason for local opposition.

“It’s an industrial area of the city. It’s crying out for development,” he says.

LINK: NYC.gov – Taxi of Tomorrow

While the company is Turkish, Wachtel says building in America makes sense. 

“[It’s] because our powertrain is coming from Michigan – from Chrysler facilities. Suddenly there becomes an impetus to produce here in America,” says Wachtel.

The plant would cost about $100 million.

Karsan is a finalist along with Nissan and Ford to build a taxi that would replace the current models.

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  • B. Marx

    Yes, I was against this idea but if it means jobs here in NYC and an up and ready service infrastructure I’m with it.

  • John

    Kudos to the company for the willingness to make this investment..
    This should be an important factor in the contracts for any company in
    manufacturing cabs for NYC… It will create a great cash flow for all concerned and probably make service for these vehicles far easier besides…

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