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The Ginza Circuit

October 9, 2013 – Ginza, Tokyo – Tokyo’s Ginza.

Its wide streets welcome international repute as a hub of luxury, with flagship stores, shoppers, and taxis to ferry them home.

On Wednesday, Japanese and international media gathered at Matsuya department store, which kicked off its “New York Week” fair with the reveal of two icons.

One, Nissan’s NV200 New York “Taxi of Tomorrow”, the next-generation yellow cab; the other, the youngest triple-champion in the history of Formula One, Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel.

Joining the event hosted by Nissan Executive Vice President Takao Katagiri and Matsuya Executive Officer Takehiko Furuya, Vettel took the stage with the new taxi, which will start to be added to New York City’s fleets toward the end of this month.

But the light commercial vehicle and Vettel have more in common than meets the eye.

Nissan supplies Infiniti Red Bull Racing with LCVs to move team kit during the season.

Vettel said that while he couldn’t pinpoint one experience in a New York City cab that stood out, he thought the NV200 would be a good fit for the city’s commuters with its larger cabin.

“I think everybody’s who’s been to New York has experienced the taxi, in a way,” said Vettel. “It’s good to see that there’s more space in the next generation, more space in the back. So I’m looking forward to going back to New York to use the next generation of taxis.”

LCVs will again be moving the teams kit this weekend, as Vettel races Japan’s Suzuka Circuit, a track that has treated him well in the past with 3 wins and 4 podium finishes in as many seasons.

Many fans think that this year will make his fifth. Vettel says it’s a definite possibility.

“I think we had a very good run after the summer break. The last four races we won, so I hope to make it five this week,” said Vettel. “But I love the track. I love to go back. Japanese people are very passionate about Formula One and Suzuka. So I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and really try to enjoy every moment on the tack with the fans. And I’m sure we will be able to do well.”

And with that, he would put himself in an even better position to take the title for 2013.

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