The first MG6 to be licensed as a taxi in the UK has just begun to ply its trade in Barton-upon Humber, introduced by new taxi firm: Barton 1V. Simon Weakley and Mike Davies discussed setting up a new taxi firm in their town, leading them to contact Maple Garage and conclude a deal which resulted in them purchasing this eye-catching Burnt Orange version.
The LPG-converted S model with 14,500 miles on the clock was the ideal car for their business as it would be just the thing for the 60,000 miles it would be doing each year, saving at least 40% on fuel costs – and, as two of the new company’s drivers, Gillian Kirk and Katie Ashton, say ‘that is what you want for a taxi.’
The company’s customers have also been complimentary about the MG6 and specifically remarked on the choice of colour. Sophie Davies explains that ‘it really helps being such an unusual colour because, as a customer, you know instantly that it is your taxi coming for you. As opposed to the usual black/grey colour for example.’
The Maple Garage-converted MG6 is averaging 35mpg on LPG and, at 68p/litre, it is achieving the equivalent of over 70mpg in real terms – better than most diesels – while, with regards to reliability, the car has been perfect apart from servicing and tyre changes. The only minor problems have been the low coolant warning light coming on which was a dealer fix under warranty and a sticking petrol filler cap also fixed under warranty. We will continue to report on the MG6’s progress as the miles clock up – 20,000 and counting.
Barton 1V offers local and long-haul services from Barton-upon Humber. Call them on +44 (0)1652 632122 or +44 (0)7793 014257.
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