A new luxury limousine service will start trial operations in Seoul in October, ferrying customers who can afford it around in Mercedes Benz and BMW sedans.
Local rival Hyundai's Equus and Ssangyong's Chairman W sedans lost out.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Wednesday said the 50 new luxury taxis will be the BMW 530d xDrive and Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec. Both run on diesel.
Domestic automakers failed to make the cut. A city official said, "We couldn't find any Korean cars with 2.9-liter engines whose fuel efficiency was good enough, so we opted for diesel imports."
The limousines will operate on a reservation-only basis and will look like ordinary passenger vehicles without a meter or roof sign
The flagfall is likely to be W7,500-8,500 compared to the W5,000 basic fare of current deluxe taxis (US$1=W1,173).
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