Say what? Taxis that 'won't smell'

A ride in a big-city taxicab is always an adventure--for instance, making a last-minute left turn from the far-right lane of Manhattan's Fifth Ave. at rush hour.

It can be an overwhelming olfactory experience as well.

"I don't mean to get gross, but many cab drivers we interviewed have told us that on Friday or Saturday nights people really have thrown up in their taxis," said Marc Klein, president of the vehicle production group for Standard Taxi. That company is one of several participants in the Taxi 07 exhibit of new designs, taking place in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show. One feature the company hopes will appeal to medallion holders is an easy-to-maintain interior.

" They can just hose it down, keep the taxi clean, and it won't smell," Klein said.

For more, see "Photos: Rethinking New York City's taxis.

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