Several weeks later. The shipments had arrived. Big container lorries dropping off all these taxis. So we got the staff together to inspect and compare the final entries together.
@HighOctaneLove Bogliq Bastion Taxi
First to go was the Bogliq Bastion Taxi. Once we noticed that they could not replace all the entries within the costings. Sure they claimed to be able to replace all our existing fleets. While that may be true. It’s not the whole story since the Bastion has fewer seats than our jumbo taxis. So it cannot within our budget replace all the lost seats. So it has to go and has was removed from the final group. To replace all seats we would need 3,139 vehicles which would cost $41.75 million.
@conan Plainoi TU
Next up was the Plainoi. Sure it was good to drive as the reviews suggest. Plenty of comfort and space. But their plan to only partially replacing the fleet just isn’t cost effective enough. When you look at the cost of replacing the total fleet. They cannot compare against some of the other rivals offers here. The Plainoi plan is to buy 1,408 vehicles. Which would only cost $16.9 million with a 20-year total servicing cost expected to be around $32.9 million. But our existing fleet is even more expensive to run so this plan isn’t very persuasive. To replace all vehicles with the TU would cost $31.39 million and $61.1 million in servicing. So we sent the TU back on the next ship to Thailand.
@Strop Delta Adept
We were pleased to find the real Delta Adept was equipped with door handles. It performed as well as the reviews suggested. Super easy to drive. While comfort isn’t that great to replace just the general cabs it should be fine. But once again we found that replacing partial fleet didn’t turn out to be isn’t cost effective enough for us. Unfortunately, the Adept isn’t comfortable enough either to replace the whole fleet. Plus it is a wagon which doesn’t factor against it but still, it didn’t help its popularity among the drivers. Delta suggests we buy 1,800 at a cost of $18.18 million which over 20 years would cost around $35.36 million in servicing. To replace the whole fleet it would cost $31.7 million and $61.64 million in servicing. So, in the end, this taxi didn’t live up to its name.
@Dorifto_Dorito Nohda Assent 'Taxi’
Next up was the Nohda Assent ‘Taxi’ and unfortunately it was bad as we feared. The Comfort too low to replace the whole fleet. While initially, fleet sale price seems cheap, the running costs over 20 years aren’t that good. Still, Nohda can be proud of their taxi is by far the cheapest outright and to run. To replace the whole fleet we would have to buy 3,139 for $22.17 million. But over 20 years it would cost $59.46 million in servicing and running costs. So we salute the Nohda for running its bold low-cost strategy but it didn’t pay off in the end.
@koolkei Komodo Sliva New
The Komodo Sliva New was just as nice to drive and cheap run as we expected from the reviews. Although its comfort was too low to replace the whole fleet, prices aren’t as good as its rivals here. While it is probably the best all general sedan taxi here. To replace our fleet we’d need to buy 3139 vehicles at a cost of $36.41 million. The 20-year servicing and running costs would be $60.34 million. So had to say goodbye to the Komodo.
@TR8R First Order Automotive Cruze SW
The First Order Automotive Cruze SW is a little car with a big…name. Unfortunately, it’s the worse to drive and while comfort. Fuel economy and even surprisingly passenger space is pretty good. Even it’s initial price is good, but running costs aren’t competitive. It falls behind the key rivals in a number of areas. While it is a wagon it’s small enough not to look out of place on our streets. To replace our fleet we would need 3,139 vehicles at a cost of $34.53 million. Running cost of $65.74 million over the expected 20-year service life period.
@titleguy1 Kimura Auriga SXi
Now the Kimura Auriga SXi looks just as flashy as its brochure suggests. The drive is excellent, probably the best here. Comfort is good too. But some areas like space, fuel economy fall behind key rivals. In the end, running costs are just far too expensive for the whole fleet. To replace our whole fleet we would need 3,139 vehicles at a cost of $34.53 million. Running cost of $71.2 million over the expected 20-year service life period.
@DoctorNarfy Nickel N4W
The Nickel N4W looks even bigger in person. It looks very out of place here with that massive fat American body. Despite those faults, it’s actually very compliant to drive. Offers good comfort and impressive space. But long term running costs fall behind other entries. While it had little bearing on the final decision it was a wagon. Not just any wagon but a big lumbering yank tank style one. That said it is still probably the best general taxi wagon in this group. To replace our whole fleet we would only need 2,242 vehicles at a cost of $34.98 million. Running cost of $52.92 million over the expected 20-year service life period.
@thecarlover Megacorp TV1 SF-8
The Megacorp entry is extremely modern looking and very impressive. It drives very well and is full of clever if sometimes too clever ideas. Comfort is good and space, running costs are all impressive. Although it is bettered by another. But primarily Megacorp was a bit too forward thinking. The fully clad undertray and direct injection didn’t help. But the fact that it just couldn’t match the rivals which managed to undercut it in value was a critical factor. To replace our whole fleet we would only need 1,962 vehicles at a cost of $31.41 million. Running cost of $49.24 million over the expected 20-year service life period.
@Leonardo9613 Bonham Curtis 2.0 Elegance
The Bonham Curtis 2.0 Elegance is even better looking in person. It drives great and has outstanding comfort. Really it’s a very impressive deal. It only just falls behind the cheaper offer and more all around option. Considered that Bonham was attempting to make a premium taxi fulfil all our seats. It was the best deluxe taxi option here. To replace our whole fleet we would only need 2,242 vehicles at a cost of $34.41 million. The running cost of $52.64 million over the expected 20-year service life period. It was sad to see the Bonham go but second place is still pretty good. I had to make the call personally to the company. Wow, they did not like coming second. I could almost sense the animosity in their voice. But at least the worse of it was over. Actually went better than my call to Sincker company.
@NormanVauxhall ZM Ouarzazate Taxi 1.7
The ZM Ouarzazate Taxi 1.7 looks as purposeful as it’s brochures suggested. It drives fine, still plenty of comfort and mountains of space. Sure it’s not the fastest but really taxis are the sort of thing you get into races or chase with after all. It’s fleet machine. Now despite the missteps with odd naming and the useless high flow cat. The Quarzazate still offers the best value for money. Such good value that it even allows us to replace and increase our total seats. While retaining a small number of deluxe taxis since it so cost effective. Only $65.81 million all up. To replace our whole fleet we would only need 1,962 vehicles at a cost of $22.17 million. The running cost of $43.64 million over the expected 20-year service life period. This makes the ZM an outstanding replacement. Plus with its fancy new 5-speed automatic it’s taking our city into the future. Not only is it the best jumbo cab. But it manages to combine the elements of all three taxis into a very impressive minivan.
Things seemed to going well for the company. The old fleet was now fully nearly fully replaced and new Ouarzazate’s were taking to the streets in their new taxi liveries.
To celebrate most of the office staff had gone out to a dive bar in the red light district of the town. As the men had gone back to a private karaoke room with their hostesses. Ms Lee being one of few female members of the higher ups she soon found herself alone at the bar.
Eun-ji sat there in the smoky bar with the uplifting sounding but desperately crestfallen ballads playing. She held her drink in one hand and then let out final puff from her cigarette then took a sip. Damn, it was getting late, these stupid social obligations.
She got up to leave.
But then noticed something was off. The bar was unusually empty.
Eun-ji made for the exit she saw a glimmer.
That familiar collection of vans pulling up.
An Omega Fleet, Sincker and Bonham.
“Oh shit!” she whispered to herself.
She knew these companies weren’t happy about the results. Bonhams hate coming second to another and I don’t think the Sincker like all the snickering from our staff. When the British and French get together you know no good can come from it.
Eun-ji made a break for it towards the parked cars.
But the Omega Fleet was already approaching at full speed.
Blasting up towards the parked cars at speed. But its traction control seemed to stop working for a moment. The whole great van lost all control and plunged over into the row of parked cars. Exploding in a massive fireball that knocked Eun-ji down.
As she regained her senses she could see the array of thugs brandishing illegal weapons appearing from the remaining vans.
Wide eyed she made a dash for the bar
Pushing her way through the smoke and sound.
She rushed for the fire exit.
Her heart was pounding.
Survival came first.
Diving through the backdoor into the quiet of the back alley.
Taking a breath she remembered they had a taxi rank only around the corner.
Just as the Sincker came barreling down the alley.
She ran for her life diving down to the right.
The Anna went careening past and into the main street.
Without a second to spare Eun-ji ran to the taxi rank.
Wildly waving her company badge to the taxi driver who was outside on break.
“Company business, company business!”
Eun-ji screamed at the bewildered driver as she leapt into the cabin.
Firing it up and slamming it into drive.
Just as the thugs chasing her got to the van.
The Ouarzazate squirrelled into life.
As a hail of bullets shattered the left side windows.
The Taxi flew past the Sincker and then Bonham.
The quickly gave chase.
They all sped into a big four-way junction.
Eun-ji swung the wheel wildly swerving the big ZM to the right.
Sideswiping several cars, but avoiding a major crash. While the Sincker and Bonham follow along but one of the cars that Eun-ji hit careens wildly into the Bonham.
But it pushes through.
As they flew down the busy main street.
The two European vans start their attack.
Gaining on the slower Ouarzazate.
Eun-ji knows she has to get off this straight.
They start beginning flanking the taxi.
Boxing it in.
Sparks fly and the ZM is hit from both sides.
But just then two Anikatian police cars pull U-turns from the junction and whip around to give chase.
The vans switch their attention to the police firing at the cars.
Sensing a chance Eun-ji pulls the handbrake. The taxi veered down off the main street into a pedestrian alley filled with people and food vendors.
Frantically Eun-ji flashed her lights and blew its horn.
As the Ouarzazate barrels down the alley destroying a gratuitous fruit stand and many Anikatian street food stalls.
People were leaping for their lives out of the way.
Pulling out of the alley and back onto a proper street.
Lots of traffic.
The ZM rockets into the flow.
Behind her, the Bonham and Sincker are still too close.
Bullets are flying.
Eun-ji swings the wheel screaming the taxi through the slower traffic.
Up ahead, a choice.
Left into the transit tunnel or right into the city.
Eun-ji noticing the police still following starts moving right.
At the last second, she veers left.
The trick works the remaining police cars keep right. Noticing their mistake too late pile into the traffic ahead.
The Bonham and Sincker weren’t fooled and they dart past the carnage into the tunnel. Eun-ji checks her mirrors.
They are closer.
“Who the hell are these guys?”
They are gaining now.
Letting off a new wave of gun fire.
Eun-ji ducked for cover as the bullets flew through the taxi.
She tried to grab some cover squibbing past the slower cars.The vans thugs are merciless opening fire on poor civilians caught in the crossfire.
They are right on her tail now just as they emerge from the tunnel.
Eun-ji veered left jumping the medium strip flying into the oncoming traffic and down the old narrow streets.
The Sincker ploughed right through the traffic taking out a bike and causing an another massive pile up. Yet somehow the Bonham emerges from the pile up unscathed.
Up ahead, Eun-ji saw her chance to escape.
Flying down a tiny pedestrian alley.
But wait! It’s a staircase.
Eun-ji clutches the wheel tight as the Ouarzazate nearly flips but somehow bounce down the stairs. Smashing down to the street below. The Sincker follows with even more speed. Too much, it flies headfirst into the stairs. The Bonham follow and slams into the Sincker. Flipping it right over. The two vans come rolling and crashing down the steps. Exploding into a twisted wreckage. Eun-ji watching just meters away. Heart still pounding. Lets out a sigh of relief. It’s over.
Best General Taxi Sedan
Komodo Sliva New
Best General Taxi Wagon
Best Jumbo Taxi
ZM Ouarzazate Taxi 1.7
Best Deluxe Taxi
Bonham Curtis 2.0 Elegance
Best Allround Taxi
ZM Ouarzazate Taxi 1.7
Nohda Assent ‘Taxi’ - $8,500
Dynamite L5 - $18,900
BM TV05-S - 77.1
First Order Automotive Cruze SW - 57.7
Bonham Curtis 2.0 Elegance - 51.7
Nohda Assent ‘Taxi’ - 27.0
Cresge Halberd - 34.0
JHW Xceed 200L - 11.6
Omega Galaxy Fleet - 68.0
Nohda Assent ‘Taxi’ - 38.7
Best Fuel Economy
Delta Adept - 6.02 Litres per 100km
Worse Fuel Economy
GSI MegaMover IX - 11.18 Litres per 100km
Cheapest Running Costs
Nohda Assent ‘Taxi’ - $947
Highest Running Costs
Gamma Roy GLX - $2093
Highest Environmental Resistance
Plainoi TU - 94.25
Lowest Environmental Resistance
Nickel N4W - 77.21
Most Passenger Space
ZM Ouarzazate Taxi 1.7 - 6167 Litres
Least Passenger Space
Delta Adept - 2471 Litres
Most Cargo Space
ZM Ouarzazate Taxi 1.7 - 2202 Litres
Least Cargo Space
Nohda Assent ‘Taxi’ - 445 Litres
Highest Top Speed
Cresge Halberd - 242.7 km/h
Lowest Top Speed
BM TV05-S - 147.9 km/h
Fastest 0-100 km/h
Nickel N4W - 8.9 seconds
Slowest 0-100 km/h
Nohda Assent ‘Taxi’ - 16.4 seconds
Nohda Assent ‘Taxi’ - 291.1
Accursio Tartaruga - 46.4
ZM Ouarzazate Taxi 1.7 - 95.2
Type 266 - 60.4
GSI MegaMover IX - 56.6
Nohda Assent ‘Taxi’ - 7.9
GSI MegaMover IX - 31.4
Dynamite L5 - 13.1
Highest Average Reliability
Plainoi TU - 75.0
Lowest Average Reliability
Gamma Roy GLX - 64.7
Congrats to @NormanVauxhall for the win! Big thanks to all who entered I hope it was an enjoyable round. Thank you for your patience!