Of course they will.
Months after automaker Geely giddily announced that it was rolling out a line of taxis modeled after London’s iconic black cabs, the company has now declared that the Shanghai taxis will actually be gold as to ‘suit the city’s image better’. Paint it gold. Always paint it gold.
Geely released images yesterday of the China-made TX4 taxis, now in their final stage of production and looking very gold, much shiny.
Operator Qiangsheng Taxi Company, Shanghai’s largest taxi company, said that the first 50 cabs are expected to hit the streets during the National Day holiday. It was previously announced that the starting fare in such a cab would be 19 yuan (compared to the typical 14 yuan starting fare for regular, non-gold cabs downtown), although this hasn’t yet been confirmed by the city’s transit authority.
The cabs will be more spacious, with two fixed seats facing two folding seats in the back and no front seat beside the driver to make room for luggage. The vehicles will will take bookings mainly through dispatch systems for disabled and elderly folk.