The taxi cab vehicle landscape in NYC is changing quickly these days, so I wanted to take some time out and feature some of the rarest forms of the taxi cab in recent history. While many New Yorkers and tourists know the yellow cab as a Ford Crown Victoria, Toyota Prius, or the Nissan NV200, a select number of vehicles in the TLC fleet are in fact unique cars. There are a few reasons why these exist. It could be related to money paid for the medallion, it could be the fuel-efficiency of the car, or it could be the fact that the car is unique because it is a diesel engine (rare among taxi cabs in NYC).
Whatever the reason, it's always fun to spot these less than common vehicles in the wild. For me, it's kind of like a game I guess, and one that gives me the same sort of giddy excitement that I get when I see a rare sportscar zooming down city streets. Maybe it's a car thing or maybe it's a New Yorker thing.
Anyway, here is the NYC yellow cab in one of its rarest forms, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Bluetec.