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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

“We are very optimistic that with this vehicle … we could even gain on that” level of market share, Czubay said.

General Motors, Chrysler and Connersville, Ind.-based Carbon Motors plan to increase their market share or launch new police cars.

Chrysler has set a goal of expanding its police car market share from 17% to 40% in the next 12 to 18 months with its rear-wheel drive Dodge Charger patrol car.

And, in October, GM announced plans to introduce the Chevrolet Caprice police car in 2011. GM said the new Caprice will offer V8 or V6 engines.

Ford also is offering two engine options: A 3.5-liter V6 engine with 263 horsepower and a 3.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged EcoBoost engine with 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Ford’s Crown Victoria Police Interceptor has been popular with police departments because of its rigid, full-frame construction and rear-wheel drive transmission, all for a relatively low price, said Jim Hall, managing director of 2953 Analytics in Birmingham.

“The bottom line is they have a police car that defines the American police car,” Hall said. “Police departments love it for a million reasons, including its durability.”

Ford executives said the new vehicle is more durable and performs better than the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

“We routinely run over 8-inch curbs at 40 m.p.h. to validate suspension strength,” said Scott Tobin, Ford’s vehicle line director for product development.

Fields also said the new vehicle is the only police car on the market that can withstand a rear-end collision at 75 m.p.h. The seats have areas cut out to accommodate utility belts, and the interior has space for standard police equipment.

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    daniel102081

    over 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    hopefully by then I'll be in law enforcement, not saying I'll have this car, but it sure would be nice! :)

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    jakesdad

    over 4 years ago

    298 Comments

    When those are auctioned off do the ballistic panel go with the car?

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    Nick_Durr

    over 4 years ago

    278 Comments

    YEAH!!!

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    Deltaman01

    over 4 years ago

    330 Comments

    That is sooo cool! Can I have one?!

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    SWEET! Great looking car, I like the idea of all the new safety devices, Let's get it on the road.

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    Perl

    over 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    As long as when you step on the brake pedal it stops. LOL (sorry Toyota)
    ~Wf

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Good looking car. I love the option for balistic door panels and duty-belt friendly seats....

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    36TR

    over 4 years ago

    7638 Comments

    Wow!! Sounds like an awesome car!! Can't wait!

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    SPDNH156

    over 4 years ago

    150 Comments

    NICE!!!! Hope we get one!

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    jakesdad

    over 4 years ago

    298 Comments

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    Robocop33

    over 4 years ago

    14636 Comments

    LOL! Well, seems like Ford finally got motivated to improve it's standard "Police Package" now that Dodge Charger is on the scene and I am sure they are terrified of the new Carbon Motors vehicle that is coming into production in 2012. I like how they say that their vehicle is the only one that is able to withstand a 75mph rear-end crash compared to those on the "current" market. Carbon Motors E7 is also able to do that and more. The Ford is cheap BUT you still have to add all the equipment such as radio, lights, bumpers, shield, etc. etc which drives up the cost to a bit more than the E7 projected cost plus the E7 is projected to last longer. Glad to see they are doing better but they need to do more as does Dodge and GM.

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    CALIDEP

    over 4 years ago

    158 Comments

    Reminds a little of the Carbon E7 Police Unit...This one could use some integrated Code 3 lights though...We'll have to see. Didn't they try to discontinue a few years back? Will it actually happen this time?

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    leo22172

    over 4 years ago

    84 Comments

    Looks good.....sounds good.....when can I test drive one?

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Hawt!

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    Dmerow250

    over 4 years ago

    60 Comments

    Looks Sharp, hopes it comfortable!!

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