The London Taxi Company (LTC) in Coventry has produced its first export vehicle since the company became part of the Chinese Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in February 2013.
The London Taxi has been purpose-built for Melbourne in Southern Australia and will undergo inspections on arrival to ensure compliance with Australian authorities. After approval, a further order of several hundred vehicles is expected from the main Australian distributor, The London Taxi Company Australia, into the city of Melbourne.
The Taxi Services Commission has already approved the London Taxi for use as a conventional taxi in the state of Victoria.
Since 2009 the Coventry based London Taxi Company production site has produced vehicles solely for the UK domestic market with its Chinese sister company, Shanghai London Taxi International (SLTI), producing vehicles for the international markets including South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
Peter Johansen, Vice President of UK Operations commented “The production of Melbourne’s London taxi here in Coventry is a ground breaking step for us as a global business. It’s our vision to see our iconic black cab on the streets of all major cities around the world and our team here are fully equipped to contribute to that.
“We’re excited by the opportunity this offers us here at the Coventry plant. Britain has a lot of great exports to Australia, including some cab drivers who have already shown interest in driving the cabs over there! We’re proud to add our iconic London Taxi to the list of great British exports.”
The LTC team involved in developing the Australian London Taxi included specialists in Development, Engineering, Production and Sales & Marketing (see picture above).
The London Taxi has been customised for the Melbourne market to include a hot climate specification and other features, as specified by Australian Design Rules. An Australian radio station recently hosted a poll in which listeners chose their London Taxi’s colour of choice, in which the iconic black was the winner.
Western Australia is already home to 100 ‘white’ London Taxis which have been trialled in Perth since December 2013.