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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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  • Img_0338_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Looks good, but I'm worried about the comfort level inside of the car, especially with a cage inside of it. I hope it's really huge in the inside & still cranks out the same power as the CVPI or better. Durability is must have too!! Let's just wait & see till it's on the real test track, the streets.

  • Tobys1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    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??

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


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

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 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.

  • Blue_line_heart_max50


    over 4 years ago


    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.

  • Iii_max50


    over 4 years ago


    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.

  • 720268037_m_max50


    over 4 years ago


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

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

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

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Wow nice car.

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 4 years ago


    "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.

  • Christmas_picture_1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Interesting, but I like the Charger and Vic.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 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.

  • Images_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    This thing is sweet, I would drive one.

  • Silver_warrior_max50


    over 4 years ago


    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.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


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

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