| | Re: London Taxi Spotted in Pune (More Pics Added)
Here is the official news and details about the London Taxi's (Black Cabs) in Pune.
London taxis come to Pune
Panchshil Realty bring the UK's most intelligent vehicles to India
A study of the human brain, and a part called the hippocampus, threw up some startling results in 2006. Know who had the most grey matter in their hippocampus? London cab drivers. Researchers at University College London said that it had a lot to do with the drivers’ constant learning and re-learning of London’s 25,000 streets. You know how you poke your head inside a Mumbai cab, shout out a destination request, get glared at haughtily and told to direct the way? That wouldn’t happen in London.
Unfortunately, it’s not the London cabbies that we’re going to see on Indian roads soon. It’s the London cabs.
The distinctively shaped retro-style black taxi, which has come to be an icon of London, is being brought to Pune by Panchshil Realty. Panchshil Realty owns Pune Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre, Courtyard by Marriott, Hinjewadi and Oakwood Hotels. The taxi fleet will be used for guest transfers between the Panchshil hotels, and for other transportation.
Apart from the wow factor of just being a London taxi in Pune, there’s also some unimpeachably good things to be said about the car itself: being a public transport vehicle, it comes with a host of safety features including anti-lock brakes. The average Indian family trying to travel together will appreciate that this is finally a cab that can take five passengers, and all with room to throw your legs around in. The new model (TX4), launched in 2006, comes with a Euro IV compliant 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine from Italian VM Motori.
But if you’re not going to be a guest at one of the Panchshil Realty hotels any time soon, don’t worry: the cabs will also be available on hire for occasions like weddings. The Mittals and political heavyweights of this world might have their guests flown into the country with private planes for a wedding, but we’d say that that’s getting common now. Go off the beaten track: get a London cab.