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2012 Police Interceptor Unveiled by Ford

2012 Police Interceptor Unveiled by Ford

Ford says this Taurus-based Police Interceptor Concept will exceed the durability, safety and performance of the Ford Crown Victoria, which is being phased out. (Ford photo)

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

March 13, 2010

Ford’s new police car can endure a rear-end crash at 75 m.p.h., easily jump curbs and accelerate twice as fast as Ford’s outgoing iconic Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

“We hope that you will agree that Ford has succeeded in delivering the ultimate new police interceptor,” Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas, said as he introduced the new car to a group of law enforcement officials in Las Vegas on Friday.

The new car even comes with “stab plates” to protect the driver and front-seat passenger. Police departments can order optional ballistic door panels.

“So you can see this is not a civilian product by any means,” Fields said.

The new Interceptor will be built on the same structure as the Ford Taurus sedan at the company’s Chicago assembly plant after production of the Crown Victoria ends in late 2011 at Ford’s St. Thomas, Ontario, plant, which is to close.

Ford also said it is developing a new SUV-based police vehicle. Ford said it will provide additional details about that vehicle by the end of September.

Ken Czubay, Ford’s vice president of U.S. sales and marketing, said Ford expects to maintain its market share in the police vehicle business even though competition is increasing.

Introduced in 1983, the Crown Victoria has long dominated police car sales and accounts for about 75% of the police car market with annual sales of 40,000 to 50,000.

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    kowa

    about 4 years ago

    578 Comments

    I'm curious as to how the tall guy's will fare? My guy is 6'5" and 280 lb... He has problems with his crown vic... Hmmm.....a shoehorn and lube maybe??

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    about 4 years ago

    6748 Comments

    Oooooh look at the preeetty lights..... Yup, it's preeetty!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    On the bright side, Taze, it's not the old 1980/1990s Taurus; it's the newer Ford 500 that they got rid of and rebadged as the Taurus. Still...pardon me while I go all Tim Allen and grunt happily for a few moments.

    Me likey.

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    Iprintem

    about 4 years ago

    230 Comments

    After being at an agency where we lost 2 officers to high speed rear end collisions in the Crown Vic, I would withhold my approval until AFTER THEY put their butts in the drivers seat then crashed it at 75 mph and then don't end up dead. I wouldn't care to put anymore officers in any more danger that they are already in.

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    ill_taze_u_bro

    about 4 years ago

    2846 Comments

    Big draw back for me is that it's on the Taurus frame, but I will give it the wait and see before I pass final judgement. I will tell you this, I'll hold on to my crown vic as long as I can.

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    Cajun_Cowboy

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    I'm 6"2" 245 lbs, with vest and duty belt I'll have to be like Hudini to get out of this car.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    I nice car, I would hope,we could have such a car here in Germany as a Police car.

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    usa_24

    about 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Wow nice car.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 4 years ago

    6950 Comments

    "Bump" cf6k14

    I too have had a lot of problems with my Crown Vic's AM/FM radio system. But..!! Like you, I still love the heck out of my faithful work horse.

    Would personally like to see Ford stick with the Crown Vic beyond the year 2011.

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    diderr

    about 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    Interesting, but I like the Charger and Vic.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Awesome, love Fords. Loved my Crown Vic. The only problem I had with them was the AM/FM radio kept going out on them. Can't wait to phase out the Chevy Impala's in our fleet. Looking forward to seeing what the SUV is going to be like. In Montana, it would be a better choice for our department.

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    FutureLawMan83

    about 4 years ago

    562 Comments

    This thing is sweet, I would drive one.

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    Beowulf_7

    about 4 years ago

    712 Comments

    On the Taurus Sedan structure. . . .so does that mean that it is front wheel drive? No frame? Yeah, the suspension may be able to handle those 8 inch curbs but what happens to the body without a frame. How many curbs do you get to go over before it goes down the road sideways? Ford has taken GM's playbook and worked it right on through. You take something that is just about correct and then drop it to replace it with an inferior product to have to start the process all over again.

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    theshieldman2000

    about 4 years ago

    578 Comments

    sorry......Im a chevy man. It looks sharp though!

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    matsnap

    about 4 years ago

    482 Comments

    It looks expensive, but sounds like it will be worth the money. If it's built on the Taurus structure, it might be uncomfortable for taller officers.

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