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New Taxicab Comes to Arlington

by ARLnow.com | April 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm | 2,375 views | 19 Comments

Red Top's 2013 Ford Fusion taxicabMany police departments and taxi companies are still trying to find a suitable replacement for the venerable but discontinued Ford Crown Victoria , but Arlington’s Red Top Cab already chosen its Crown Vic successor: the 2013 Ford Fusion.

Far from being a generic, workhorse fleet vehicle, the 2013 Fusion is actually a stylish car that’s setting sales records. Red Top, which has 58 older Fusion models in its fleet, says the newly-redesigned Fusion (starting MSRP: $21,900) is ideal for taxi use.

“Our 2013 Ford Fusions use aerodynamic styling and advanced engineering to provide exceptional gas mileage and a reduced carbon footprint without sacrificing comfort or safety,” the company said in its March newsletter. “Comfortable seating for five, a surprising commodious trunk, with rear seats that can fold down to accommodate items like skis, make for a very versatile taxicab.”

Red Top marketing director Von Pelot says the company has 20 new Fusions in its fleet of 350 cabs, and plans to add 30 more this year.

“We expect the Fusion to be our primary replacement vehicle for the Red Top fleet at this time,” Pelot said. He said that familiarity with Ford, an economical price, and safety were also factors when choosing a new fleet vehicle.

“The design of the 2013 also virtually eliminates ‘blind spots’ with windows strategically placed to provide almost 360 degrees of visibility,” he said. “Also, the 2013 Ford Fusion earned the highest five-star safety rating in federal crash tests, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

The car has been well-received by both taxi passengers and drivers.

“As a taxicab company, we have two sets of customers, our drivers — our ‘front seat customers’ — and our passengers,” he said. “We are receiving very positive reviews from the drivers who love the handling, lack of blind spots, fuel economy and really cool look of the 2013 Fusion. Our passengers like the comfort, and trunk size (those who use us for trips to the airport or shopping).”

Pelot said he’s not aware of any other local cab companies that are using the 2013 Fusion. Ford has not responded to a request for comment.

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  • http://twitter.com/TCJoyce Thomas Joyce

    “surprising commodious trunk?” eh? Nice that they’ll have lavatories on board.

  • Harry The Scab

    Nice AD for the Ford Fusion. You even slipped the price in their. Didn’t know I was on a car dealers site!! This is the best news I’ve heard all day :)

    • Bongo

      came to say the same thing .. did ford PR right this or a reporter?

      • Grammar Queen

        “…price in there.” “…car dealer’s site!” “I came to say the same thing.” “Did Ford PR write this…”

        • Harry The Scab

          Hey, cut me some slack. I am an inbred transplant from a southern US trailer park okay!!
          I also can’t figure out this here new teleology! See my double pooost

          • Bogno

            and I’m “at work” right now

  • flux

    The police packages look pretty sweet too. DC has them.

    • CrystalMikey

      You’re probably thinking of the Taurus. And yes, it’s pretty sweet looking.

  • AL

    Nothing turns the perception of “nice car” towards “generic workhorse vehicle” than turning it into taxicabs and police cars.

  • Steven Hendricks

    ARLNOW.com, now sponsored by FORD. This site is more of a joke every day.

    • Arlingtonvirginia

      Beats government motors.

    • http://www.arlnow.com/ ARLnow.com

      Ford wouldn’t even return our calls. I don’t think they want the Fusion associated with taxicabs. So no, this is not “sponsored by Ford.” Rather, it’s written by someone who is interested in cars.

    • Steven Hendricks

      I normally speak verbatim from a PR release and include the vehicles price when I discuss cars with my office buddies. Please save the small talk, this IS a promotion even if it is not endorsed by Ford. This is not journalism.

  • http://churchmojo.com/ Mark Alves

    New taxicab comes to Pleasantville.

  • Harry The Scab

    Hey, cut me some slack. I am an inbred transplant from a southern US trailer park okay!!!

  • OX4

    I don’t care what cars they are. Just stop complaining when I pay with a credit card or if I ask for a destination that’s not Dulles airport.

  • DeportEmAll

    Meh. I use Uber. Much rather ride in a limo…

  • CrystalMikey

    I love the new Fusion and happy to see so many taxi versions on our County’s roads.

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