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The iconic New York City yellow cab, long identified with the classic Ford Crown Victoria, is being given a contemporary makeover by Japanese carmaker Nissan.

Nissan's new look taxi, featuring a glass roof panel to watch the city's skyscrapers go by, has earned the manufacturer a 10-year contract worth $1bn for a new fleet of cabs that will transport up to 600,000 passengers per day.

The NV200 is set to hit the busy streets of New York in late 2013.

Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports from New York.

Source: Al Jazeera