Specialist vehicle supplier to the taxi trade, the Taxi Centre, has ordered 240 Seat Toledos from Sunderland-based dealer Pulman Seat.
The Taxi Centre, whose headquarters are in Paisley near Glasgow, spotted the car’s onward supply potential at a special business preview held by Pulman.
Now The Taxi Centre is poised to buy up to another 500 Toledos by the end of the year due to the huge levels of interest among cabbies.
A further 250 are set to be sold by Pulman Seat, with another raft of sales generated by other Seat dealers.
Steph Barker, fleet sales executive at Pulman, said: “This order is a massive vote of confidence in the new Toledo, the SEAT brand and Pulman SEAT. We’ve been delighted with the huge interest shown in the Toledo, not just by the taxi trade but the public at large.”
Allan McGinness, sales director at The Taxi Centre, said: “We chose the Toledo for its great value, quality and space and Pulman Seat because of their highly professional and friendly service.
“We’ve enjoyed working with Seat UK to redevelop the specification to make it suitable for the taxi market.
“The vehicle will be supplied exclusively by the Taxi Centre for delivery throughout the UK.”
Deliveries for the initial order of 240 cars started this month, and one of the first customers, Dean Taxis from Gateshead, has added 10 Toledos to its fleet of almost 300 cars.
“Toledos are capable of a high mileage and have a very large boot, which is a massive bonus,” said Chris Hope, finance manager at Dean Taxis.
The Toledos sold to The Taxi Centre are a taxi-specific limited edition SX model. The specification includes Bluetooth technology, air conditioning, third rear head restraint, immobiliser and remote central locking, Start/Stop system and full size spare wheel.
Picture caption: Allan McGinness and Steph Barker with drivers from Dean Taxis.