Weekend Trivia -- Saturday

thinman(Z5 MI)May 7, 2011

Happy weekend, dear cottagers. Two grandsons, 5 and 3, are with us for the weekend so we were early risers today. They're dear boys though, so it's not a big hardship.

I may have a stumper for you today, but then I've thought that before. On Tuesday Mayor Bloomberg announced the name of the car company that would supply the next fleet of yellow cabs for the city of New York. It wasn't GM, Ford, or Chrysler. What company was it?

ThinMan

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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

My first thought was an historic one, but can't remember the name of the old NYC cabs. That would be neat to see them again - anyone remember the company name?

Nancy.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 10:05AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Mornin' everyone, I have no idea what the answer is on this one soooo I'll hang around and possibly ride in on someone else's coat tails :).

Annette

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 11:08AM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

I'll bet Chuck knows. I'll ask him when he gets home.

I wonder if he ordered a fleet of Priuses (is that the plural?). If that's the case, then he should have gone with one of the big three who also have versions. Then again, maybe the cabs are from a US Toyota factory? Hmmm what other manufacturers are there? Rolls Royce? How nice would that be-lol! Or, better yet, how cute would it be to have a fleet of Cooper Minis painted like yellow cabs? I would so love that! Alas, definitely too small.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 11:11AM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

In the mid 60's a friend of my husband bought one for his personal car. The company was Checker Motors.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 11:40AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Saw this one on the news earlier this week. It certainly doesn't look like the traditional cab though is bright yellow.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 5:29PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

I cheated and looked it up, ya had me curious! I had a Multi wagon made by this company and I LOVED it!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 5:32PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Oh darn - it was Checker that I was going to go with!!! Can you hear Barbara Streisand singing, " Nicky Arnstein!"?? lol. He owned Yellow Cabs. Can't believe they didn't go NA!! Must then be Japanese, and Multiwagon makes me think Honda. Huh!

Nancy.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 7:23PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Well, I am out. No idea and it would be a pure guess. That said, hmmm, okay, Japanese...I'll guess Toyota. At least we have two companies covered Nancy. I had no idea that Nicky Arnstein (who is indelibly etched in my mind thanks to Omar) owned Yellow Cabs. That is some cool trivia, too.

Still think he should have gone with Minis or Rolls...just sayin'.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 7:49PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

I'm still Hmmmmmmmmmm-ing.

Annette

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 8:00PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

I just asked DH if he knew he said nope but they're using Toyota hybrids here sooooo maybe they're using them in New York too. Since I can't find any coattails to slide in on I'll go with Toyota.

Annette

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 8:24PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

The answer is Nissan.

Nissan is apparently locked in as the NYC cab supplier for the next ten years.

It looks like I stumped everyone but Bobbie, who is too well-informed to be stumped. for Bobbie.

Also, I accidentally posted the question on the Discussions side, and Natalie B got Nissan right off the bat. for Natalie. Natalie, you should join us in Conversations every weekend.

TM

P.S. Checker would have been a great answer, but they actually stopped making cars in I think 1992, but stayed in business as a car parts maker until just a couple of years ago.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 8:13AM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Still think my ideas were better-haha.

Thanks for the fun, TM.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 11:18AM
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