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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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    bobska

    about 4 years ago

    660 Comments

    Built Ford Tough. Man this car sounds great. I can't wait to see the new SUV style too. Sheriff can I please be the first guy to get one? Please!!!

  • Matt_snake_1_max50

    Eastern_NC_Native

    about 4 years ago

    260 Comments

    I'd drive it. I'm not a huge Ford fan but my Crown Vic is dependable, I'm sure this will be too. The Taurus has the potential to make a good looking police car too.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Love it!

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    OFCR3627

    about 4 years ago

    6490 Comments

    WOW I won't 2

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    FireDad

    about 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Good looking car.. I am a FORD fan.. I hope the car stands up to the tests

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    chpprsinc

    about 4 years ago

    398 Comments

    Sounds like this thing can take a punch! a 75 mph punch that is. Hope this gains good ground on market share with the vic retiring. Thank you Crown Vic for your years of service to the men and women of law enforcement. I'm sure it will be missed

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    NewYork911

    about 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    have to wait and see.

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    jakesdad

    about 4 years ago

    298 Comments

    A beefed up Taurus? How am I supposed to fit in that?

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50

    SuzanneNGa

    about 4 years ago

    16580 Comments

    I think it looks really great!

  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8

    T_9

    about 4 years ago

    5668 Comments

    I have to agree with the AWD! I love my vic, it's just that I have been in it for 4 years. I need an new ride... this one would be nice.

  • Bdulrge7old_max50

    USAFE7

    about 4 years ago

    2518 Comments

    Sounds good to me.

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    builtfordtough

    about 4 years ago

    100 Comments

    heck yea. give me one of these!!!!

  • Thi_seal_max50

    mpd_943

    about 4 years ago

    2486 Comments

    The AWD 350 hp sounds nice!

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