The London Taxi Company celebrates iconic heritage
The London Taxi Company will display the rich history of its world-renowned black cab at two exhibitions in Coventry and London in the coming weeks. From late June, the London Taxi Company will exhibit TX4 at Coventry Motor Museum’s Trailblazing Cars of the World display. This will be followed by a two-week exhibition at the Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders (SMMT) in Westminster.
Showcasing cars that changed the world’s automotive landscape, the Coventry Motor Museum Trailblazing Cars of the World exhibition is free to the public throughout the summer. The London Taxi Company TX4 will gives visitors a virtual tour of Coventry’s historic sights; the ‘virtual cabbie’ shows visitors how the city has changed over the eight decades that black cabs have been produced in the area. Visitors sit inside the taxi and a tour is played on a screen from the front of the cab, they can also scan an advert on the folding seats to learn more about the London Taxi Company’s heritage.
From 20 to 31 July, the London Taxi Company will also display two vehicles at SMMT’s Westminster headquarters. The current TX4 will sit alongside the 1997 Fairway, showing the company’s heritage.
Chief Executive Officer of the London Taxi Company, Peter Johansen said: “The black cab is an icon of British culture and something that has a strong manufacturing heritage in the UK. The future looks bright for the London Taxi Company and its Coventry manufacturing centre, but it is also important that we honour our past; these exhibitions give us the perfect opportunity to do just that.”
The first London Taxi, the FX3 was launched in 1948 and was produced in Coventry until 1959. It was replaced by the FX4 which remained in production for thirty years until being replaced by the Fairway. The TX1 was introduced in 1997, followed by the TXII and TX4, which will make way for the all-new zero emissions-capable TX5 in 2017.
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About the London Taxi Company
The London Taxi Company (LTC) has a long and proud history of producing purpose built taxis designed to meet London’s Conditions of Fitness (CoF). Since the original Hackney Carriage the vehicle has gone through several development cycles to improve driver and passenger experience.
The company is committed to customer care and continuous improvements in accessibility, comfort, emissions performance, manoeuvrability and durability of its vehicles without compromising its famous shape and brand. LTC are proud to serve the world famous London taxi trade which has been the foundation for developing a presence in other UK regions and export markets.
Outside the UK the London Black Cab is now being utilised in over 40 major cities worldwide. The next investment cycle will see the company develop and produce a purpose built ultra low emission taxi capable of meeting new ambitious emissions standards being rolled out in major cities across Europe, including London.
LTC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. The London taxi is currently manufactured in Coventry and manufactured under license in Shanghai by its sister company Shanghai London Taxi International, with a flagship dealership in London and centres in Manchester and Edinburgh supported through a UK and international service centre network. The London Taxi Company is the trading name of The London Taxi Corporation Limited.