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Old 4th February 2007, 20:12   #1
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When Samuel Pekoh pulls up to a red light, he always turns heads.
From the windows of their Ford Crown Victorias, cab drivers peer enviously at his Lexus taxicab, "Samantha," as if a supermodel had suddenly entered their homely midst. Pedestrians stop to offer a thumbs-up. "Looking good!" they whistle and catcall.
Eight months ago, Mr. Pekoh, a taxi owner and driver originally from Ghana, and his colleague Clifford Hammon-Adler made a trip to a Lexus dealership on Lexington Avenue and came away with a brand-new pair of hybrid RX400hs, costing them each $52,000 and change. "It's a beautiful drive," Mr. Hammon-Adler said.



With 300 new hybrid cars on the road, New Yorkers are noticing that the look of their taxis is changing as fast as some of the neighborhoods they drive through. The Toyota Prius, the hybrid Honda Accord, the hybrid Honda Civic, the hybrid Toyota Highlander, and the hybrid Lexus are finally hitting the streets, doing a job previously reserved for less sexy car models.


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New Lexus Taxicabs Spark Envy - February 2, 2007 - The New York Sun
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thats awesome..if i see him in NYC i sure will give him a one up..
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I envy the driver...

Being a cabbie, he gets to drive cars much much better than what most of us have... :(
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nice taxicab, but the rear seat wont seat 3 adults as comfortably like the crown vics.
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Passengers & the cabbie should enjoy the ultra-smooth ride for some time. It is a great vehicle to drive - silky smooth
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hmmm.... do you really need all these SUV - cabs hogging up space on the streets of NYC.....
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pretty sure the rx400h dosent take up more space than a crown vic besides the rx is a hybrid too.
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After market bull bar and headlamp protection! Looks so much like he picked it up from J C Road, Bangalore.

Only consolation that J C Road shops won't have this one for sure.
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