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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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    SkoolCop

    about 4 years ago

    4534 Comments

    I am skeptical of anything based on a Ford Taurus. A V-6 and a "turbocharged EcoBoost engine" as powerplant options? They do not say if the latter is a V-6 with the turbo option or a V-8. I have heard that it is only a V-6 on steroids. Sorry, if it aint got a V-8, it won't last with what we do with our cars. A V-6 or a V-6 on steroids is still just a V-6. (BTW, I say the same thing about the Dodge Charger with a V-6) It will work too hard and simply not perform despite what Ford is saying and at a much higher maintenance cost per unit. Keep in mind that they will say anything to sell a car. I like the reported crash results but have yet to see any proof that it will perform as advertised. The same with driving up curbs at 40 mph...... just a bit on the hard to believe side of the fence. The duty belt cutouts is a concept and design thieved from the Carbon Motors. Overall, I don't like or care for the car.

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    Depdawg226

    about 4 years ago

    6660 Comments

    LOOKS LIKE IT WOULD MAKE ONE MEAN "PACE CAR" @ DAYTONA !

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    Madison7940

    about 4 years ago

    180 Comments

    looks sharp and i am sure it is fast but will there be any comfort?

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    Murdawg

    about 4 years ago

    1176 Comments

    Wow!!I I need to order one hehehe LOL. I use to have a '99 Police package crown vic, which was the best car I ever owned, now I have an '06 Dodge Charger, which I cannot stand personally, it's only a v6 imagine that. Anywayz, way to go FORD and just putting in my 2cents for what it's worth.

    -Jason

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    pudhcat

    about 4 years ago

    2522 Comments

    Looks great for a Ford but I wonder how much leg room this is going to offer being a Taurus body. Alot of our guys need a can open to extract themselves out of our marked Chevy Impalas and we got rid of our unmarked Taurus' because they were too small inside leg room wise. The package sounds good but.....at least our tall folks still have their F150's and suv's

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    chrissanders

    about 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    I would still rather have the Charger. Don't really think a Taurus based vehicle would be better than the Charger.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Wow...Can't wait to see if I get a chance to drive it....looks sharp.

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    Badazz_Rebel_Cop1123

    about 4 years ago

    820 Comments

    I would rather have a Dodge charger or a chevy camaro....hell with this piece of crap

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    buck63

    about 4 years ago

    324 Comments

    If it is going to be the size of the Taurus then I don't know. I am 6'3 230pds I don't know how comfortable it will be riding around with a vest and a full duty belt on for 12 hours is going to be, plus the cage behind the seat not allowing the driver to lean their seat back enough.

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    CBPD607

    about 4 years ago

    264 Comments

    Not the Taurus again.........that didn't work the first time! The return of the Caprice brings a tear to my eye. Love that battle wagon!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Hell yah.

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    jdob02

    about 4 years ago

    116 Comments

    I want one.. ha ha.. but my department will only get one once they are about 5 years old.. ha ha down fall of a small town...

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    jdob02

    about 4 years ago

    116 Comments

    I want one.. ha ha.. but my department will only get one once they are about 5 years old.. ha ha down fall of a small town...

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    gmiley

    about 4 years ago

    118 Comments

    bout time the boys in blue get something to work with

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Nice..! How does it perform on snow and ice..?

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