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Old October 26th, 2011, 10:41 AM   #301
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Mercs were known for their reliability, longievity and uncomplicated construction for several decades. And with diesel engines they were cheap to run. That's why they became so popular in taxi service across Europe. Even in communism time here in Poland, when car (especialy western one) was a limited acces good, second hand MBs were quite popular and very much desired among taxi drivers.
Was it possible to import a MB to Poland in the 70's ? or only in the late 80's during perestrojka times ?

In the GDR (german democratic republic) the only western brand allowed was Volvo, those cars were dedicated to goverment officials only. Honnecker himself had a chauffeurdriven Volvo limosine.

In the SSSR the only taxi was the Volga. The Latvia minibus was a "marshrutnoje taxi" a taxi with a predestinated route ( obviously a taxi which didn't fullfill the purpose of a taxi)

Were these taxis also common in Poland or did the Polonez serve as a taxi during those times ? I saw a Kieslowski-film about a young thief murdering a cabdriver, the thief later was hanged. I think the taxi was a polonez


Let's take a taxi !! As you see MB is the KING of taxicabs !!



Early MB actually the first car ever

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Was it possible to import a MB to Poland in the 70's ? or only in the late 80's during perestrojka times ?
It was possible to import western car to Poland during all the commie times, even in dark stallinism era. But i't wasn't easy. First, You had to have a passport, which was limited acces good, especially before 70's. Second, You had to have western money, which - in general - was officially forbidden. And third, You needed to be wealthy enough - average worker earned so poor he wasn't able to save enough deutsche marks or dollars for even a second hand western car. But there were people, who could afford it. And Mercedes W115 and W123 were the dreamcars of taxi drivers (but few of them could afford it).

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In the SSSR the only taxi was the Volga. The Latvia minibus was a "marshrutnoje taxi" a taxi with a predestinated route ( obviously a taxi which didn't fullfill the purpose of a taxi)

Were these taxis also common in Poland or did the Polonez serve as a taxi during those times ? I saw a Kieslowski-film about a young thief murdering a cabdriver, the thief later was hanged. I think the taxi was a polonez
"A short film about killing". And yes, it was the FSO Polonez:

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The very basic taxi cars during commie times were FSO Warszawa...

fso_warszawa.republika.pl

... and since mid seventies Polski Fiat 125p/FSO 1500:

www.125p.eu

FSO Polonez was much more expensive than PF 125p/FSO1500, and thus not that common. Most taxis in commie times were state owned, private drivers usually used Fiat 125p too, Volga GAZ 24 was popular among them, and of course everyone dreamed of forementioned Mercedes models. Many of Volgas have been modified with diesel engines (usually Mercedes or Peugeot built), as petrol was limited while diesel fuel wasn't. We didn't have "marshrutnoje taxi".
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Old October 27th, 2011, 05:43 PM   #303
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Israeli Taxi use cars like: Skoda, VW, Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Ford and some more.
All of them must be white. Shared taxis are yellow-Blue-white.























Volvo are pretty rare:
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Old December 1st, 2011, 10:24 AM   #304
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Copenhagen by night, 2 taxis waiting at the city hall. The first taxi has a dent, which is not uncommon in big cities.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 10:31 PM   #305
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All taxis in Baku currently is same as in London..we got same black cabs.

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Old December 27th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #306
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All taxis in Baku currently is same as in London..we got same black cabs.

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I didn’t know that. But why do they have the same taxies?
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Old December 28th, 2011, 11:51 AM   #307
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I saw a LT1 TXII as a Taxi in Paris, once.
It was really a taxi and not a publicity car as we often see.

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 09:19 PM   #308
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strange picture of a german registered NYC cab in Paris !?
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Old March 25th, 2012, 04:59 PM   #309
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Old March 27th, 2012, 05:19 AM   #310
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Taxi in Hong Kong.



These cabs are actually quite big. The back seats are very spacious. The taxis are mainly automatic transmission. The boots have become smaller though due to the installation of LPG tanks. If those are not there, the boot is humongous. Even though the boot is smaller, they can handle bigger bags by leaving the boot open and tying everything up with a nylon rope.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 08:30 AM   #311
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Till few months ago all taxis in Bulgaria were obliged by the law to be yellow. Since then some changes were made and there are also green painted taxis. But they can be only electromobiles or hybrid engine low emission cars:

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Rare taxi: Ford Crown Victoria. The classic US police-car/NYC-cab in blue.

Would be the ulitimate pr-car for a travel agency to have a yellow nyc cab.
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Old July 5th, 2012, 10:13 PM   #314
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NordikNerd Proudly Presents:Taxi Salzburg. Taxicabs in Switzerland & Austria appear to be much older and worn out than the taxicabs in Germany.

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Rare taxi: Ford Crown Victoria. The classic US police-car/NYC-cab in blue.

Would be the ulitimate pr-car for a travel agency to have a yellow nyc cab.
Close. That's actually a Lincoln Town Car (Signature L, to be precise). Basically the Crown Vic's upscale brother.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 08:46 PM   #317
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Close. That's actually a Lincoln Town Car (Signature L, to be precise). Basically the Crown Vic's upscale brother.
It's like the difference between Fiat & Lancia. Actually I remember when Top Gear reporter Jeremy took a testdrive with the Lincoln Town Car and said:

And this is what they call a town car ?? referring to the size of it.

Well Jeremy, the streets of US cities aren't like the ones in England.

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The Renault Clio is way to small to be a taxicab.
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Taxis in Manila most use Toyota though others would use either Nissan or Hyundai.

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colombia has taxis like:
-hyuindai atos

-chevrolet spark
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-kia picanto
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-hyundai accent

-kia sephia
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Taxis in Colombia & the Phillipines are too small.

Also Italy is a country where the taxis are small, how are going to put the luggage in such a small car?

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