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Old 07-18-2015, 05:28 PM
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you see that in ferrin places like Rome, not Rome Georgia either.
Don't tell me they have better reliability (thats Toyota) so how do late model Mercedes wind up in taxi service, lots of them in rome.
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German taxis are all mercs. Great cars and parts are readily available. I have ridden in them with well over half million miles. Good cars.
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Years ago, when I was stationed in Germany, Taxis were Benz.
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And they had manual transmissions.
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thats because a Checker didnt fit through the streets
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In the states, benz is associated with maximum bling. Elsewhere in the world, they can be bought with minimal bling. Just good cars.
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Had a very nice Mercedes taxi in Brussels recently. Very clean and the driver was outstanding. As a matter of fact most of the taxis were Mercedes.
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Old 07-18-2015, 06:40 PM
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It has a lot to do with taxes and reliability.

I have ridden in mb diesel taxis that were claimed to have gone over one million kilometers.

That said, the fact that they have very good tax breaks on depreciation for EU cars and high taxes to write them off against also plays a big role.
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:35 PM
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In Germany, Mercedes and BMW compete in almost every category. They are considered prime vehicles, but so it Volkwagen compared to not only say an Opel but also to their own bargain brands SEAT and Skoda. In places like Belgium a couple of years back, you saw quite a few 1 series 4 door hatchback BMW's with the 1.6 and 1.8 liter gas engines and the small diesels. You also se quite a few of the front wheel drive Mercedes A and B class and the Audi 1 and 3 series. Even as late as the mid 80's,, a lot of those taxis in Germany were the old early to early 80's 70's mid sized predecessor to the E class (think 220/240 diesel US models with either a big 2 liter 4 cylinder or small say 2.4 liter 6 cylinder gas engine) Today, the use the base model E-class for sue and probably some C's and B's. There are a couple of articles that I have seen that say that Uber is really struggling to compete against taxis in Germany primarily because the typical private car that someone would use for that purpose inn German is considerably smaller and not as nice as a run of the mill Mercedes taxi cab.
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And as we have discoveed in the US with a lot of cab companies buying the beefed up surplus cop cars that already have a LOT of miles put on them in a very short time, JD Power or Consumer Reports "readability" is probably less important for a taxi than ease of repair and maintenance and perhaps what one would call a relative indestructibility which cars like the E-Class Mercedes also have.
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First time I saw Mercedes taxis and police cars was in the early 1980s in a couple of communist countries. Hungary and Yugoslave, IIRC. Common over there.

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Originally Posted by BSL View Post
Years ago, when I was stationed in Germany, Taxis were Benz.
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Got the shock of my life in Amsterdam this spring. Saw several Tesla taxis! Also prime corner parking spaces reserved for free charging of electric cars.
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I see hundreds of E and S class 550 cabs in NYC everyday. Nice rides.
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Yup, was in germany a few weeks ago. Every taxi was a Mercedes. They are damn good cars, same with VW and BMW. Just most are looked at as overpriced bling here in the US.

The german engineering is better than the US offerings, without a doubt. But that's just talking cars...trucks we take the cake (though i never saw a pickup in germany).

However, in Italy right now...lots of Ford Fiestas scooting about (in addition to all the Fit It Again Tony's, of course).
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Almost any taxi I've ridden in Europe has been an E class benz
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Yup, was in germany a few weeks ago. Every taxi was a Mercedes. They are damn good cars, same with VW and BMW. Just most are looked at as overpriced bling here in the US.

The german engineering is better than the US offerings, without a doubt. But that's just talking cars...trucks we take the cake (though i never saw a pickup in germany).

However, in Italy right now...lots of Ford Fiestas scooting about (in addition to all the Fit It Again Tony's, of course).
A lot of the German cars that we have gotten over here are premium versions of each model line with the largest available engines, the most luxe interiors and all of the options. That is the market niche that those companies chose to compete in for a long time. Even Vw is not an expcption. We never saw the Polo or Lupo and even out Fox was a bit scale compared to its Eruo base counterpart. We also don't see the tiny engines or even the very common "midsize' 4 cylinder 1.6 liter turbodiesel. When I bought my 1999 VW Passat, there was no "low end" model to compete againt the 4 cylinder $15000 Camry or Accord. The car started at $21 K and the base model has the 1.8 liter Audi turbo 4. It was lined up adjacent the nice mid level V6 Honda an Toyota and compared VERY well as it was a modified, larger Audi A4 platform.
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In 1965 when I was stationed in Germany all taxis were MB 190's
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