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Turkish Taxi Of Tomorrow Would Be Built in Brooklyn

ImageThe Taxi Of Tomorrow might be built in Brooklyn! Karsan, the Turkish manufacturer in the running to build New York's next generation of taxicabs, is now upping the ante (and changed its tune) by pledging to manufacture the wheelchair-accessible vehicles in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. The new pledge makes the Karsan cab the only one of the three finalists which would be built in America (it had previously said it would build them in Turkey).

"We have three strong final contenders, and we are evaluating them as we speak," is all TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg will say on the topic. But we're guessing the promise of up to 800 new manufacturing jobs in the city is something that will certainly help the company get more support from local politicians (incidentally, Karsan sent a letter of its intentions to Brooklyn Beep Marty Markowitz). Ford, the only American auto-maker in the running, would make its taxis in Turkey.
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