London’s black cab gets design make-over


A new design for London’s world famous black taxi cabs has been revealed by Chinese-owned auto manufacturer The London Taxi Company.

The glass-roofed hybrid TX5 prototype six-seater car features a lightweight aluminium body, rear-hinged passenger doors, and a panoramic glass roof – which the company claims is a first for the black cab.

The hybrid replaces the black cab’s usual diesel engine, instead running on a batter-powered electric system with a four-cylinder petrol engine that kicks in once this has been drained.


All of the cars will be equipped with WiFi capability and will provide charging points for both drivers and passengers.

Although the cab is slightly taller and longer than its predecessors, the design team referenced some of the 1958 Austin FX4 model’s classic features.

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