A London taxi fit for a Queen?

Earlier this month we speculated about the future of London black taxis and put forward some alternatives that we’d like to see on the streets of London.

At the Chinese motor show, car maker Geely, which owns the LTI London taxi company, has revealed one take on the famous ‘TX4’ taxi that is unlikely to ever make it onto our roads.

This is because Geely has created a taxi fit for a Queen. In fact, the car maker has even left a label next to its creation declaring that the famous London taxi has even been used by the ‘Queen of Britain’ in the past.

With this in mind, Geely has decided to showcase a new kind of luxury taxi at the Chinese auto show.

This model comes with four seats decked out in luxury leather with an armrest for rear passengers incorporating a drinks holder. The luxurious interior is a far cry from the traditional durable but unimaginative London taxi.

Wooden highlights and some luxurious front seats to replace traditional luggage storage space make this one-off the most indulgent taxi ever designed.

It will, of course, not be coming to the UK. Nor will the more modest take on the TX4 set to go on sale in the Chinese market as Geely gambles on the iconic taxi shape impressing buyers in the Asian market.

After all, London taxis have been successful since production began in 1948, although production has since moved from Coventry to China at the cost of 60 jobs.