Hot off the press from Reuters comes word that Nissan has landed a huge contract from New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission. Beating out both Ford and a lesser-known Turkish automaker, the Japanese manufacturer will be building Big Apple Taxis for the next ten years. Anyone who's been to NY in the past ten years knows the range of vehicles one can hail is a big one, 16 authorized makes and models to be exact. But as wear and tear retire those cabs from the fleet, they will now all be replaced by one uniform vehicle—a purpose-built minivan, based on the company's NY200 design.

Mayor Bloomberg is expected to make the news official later today, while the first Nissan yellow-cabs are expected sometime in 2013. No word on whether these new models will go to Brooklyn.

[via Reuters