Shocking news! London’s famous black cabs are now Chinese – or at least, the company that makes them shortly will be.
Manganese Bronze, the company that makes the black cabs, plans to give the Chinese-based Geely Group a controlling interest by issuing new shares in return for a cash injection.
Making black cabs isn’t very profitable in the middle of a recession – the company made a £7m loss last year despite selling more than 1700 cabs. (Mind you, that was down from 1951 cabs sold the year before – taxi drivers are obviously doing exactly the same as many multinationals, and reducing their investment spending.)
Manganese Bronze has been cutting costs by having many of the components of the cars made in China, by Geely, and assembling the cabs in the Midlands. Apparently the real villain of the piece is German, though – Mercedes has been taking an increasing share of the taxi market and putting real pressure on MB.
Photo by Aurelius Valeisa on flickr
It’s never easy catching a taxi in Sydney during the festive season, but the local council is doing its best to help out. From today, there’ll be an extra 10 pick-up points around the city.
“The introduction of additional taxi set-down/pick-up zones in the city will assist cabbies in doing...
December 21st, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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Wherever you need to go in Auckland, whether its into the city, out East or West there are plenty of options at Auckland Airport to get you where you need to go and to cater to all budgets.
Regular bus services connect the airport to the city and other centres – for timetable information contact...
September 18th, 2009 | theaucklandguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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Buenos Aires is a beautiful globalized modern metropolis, but be prepared for things that don´t work as they should.
One of the first things you notice about the city is that there seems to be absolutely no traffic laws, particularly on the side streets. Whoever gets to the intersection first just...
August 26th, 2009 | Pablo Juan Augustinowicz | Read More | Comments: 4
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Green Cabs – your ‘feelgood’ choice when you need to call a taxi in Auckland (or Wellington and Christchurch for that matter).
Image source: Big Little City
Green Cabs is the only taxi company that actively forecasts green house gas emissions from their operations and offsets them. ...
August 26th, 2009 | theaucklandguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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If it is your first time in Buenos Aires, you might be a little dazed after flying all night in an uncomfortable plane. You will find that the Ezeiza International Airport is some 30 kilometres away from the city centre.
Just like any international airport you will have people approaching you asking...
August 18th, 2009 | Pablo Juan Augustinowicz | Read More | Comments: 3
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The black cab is one of London’s icons. And if you’re hailing a taxi on the street, it will be one of these – though it may not be black these days, since they’re allowed to carry advertising on the outside as well as the inside.
But black cabs are not cheap. Heathrow to Central...
December 19th, 2008 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 0
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