The rickshaw was first imported from Japan in the early 19th century and it was a popular form of transport for many years, except that it was unsuitable for the hilly terrain of Hong Kong. The trams were yet to make an appearance then and taxis provided a public transport. Over the years several European cars were used but gradually they were replaced by the Japanese Toyotas and Nissans. The Toyota Crown is a widespread taxi in Hong Kong. Having seen a lot of these vehicles in Singapore almost a decade ago (and they all have been replaced by other makes), I was fascinated to see them still in use in Hong Kong. This make is one of Toyota's most popular variants, having sold it by the tens of thousands. Even though the appearance of this car is not much to talk about, the design of the car states quality, affordability and reliability. It runs on a 2000 c.c. engine, is fairly light (the dashboard is mainly plastic, for instance) and apparently uses very simple mechanical constructions, thereby lowering maintenance costs considerably. Today, there are more than 18,000 of these red liveried taxis in Hong Kong, in addition to New Territories taxis and Lantau taxis.
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