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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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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Honestly, both of these cars are probably pretty nice. However, the Carbon Motors E-7 is a lot better. It is actually purpose built—even more than the Chevy. It is more durable, more powerful, gets a lot better fuel economy, has more safety features and more useable and useful technology. It will save tax payers money and LEOs alike Check it out:

    http://www.carbonmotors.com/

  • Mustang_bullitt_gt_2001_30_max50

    Snipercop

    over 4 years ago

    214 Comments

    I would love one. My Crown is great but it's time to try something new. For crappy weather, FWD is much better than my Crown. Can't go anywhere in the snow with performance radials. Let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Give it a chance before you shoot it down. No one will be able to afford the Carbon Motors cars that everyone thinks is so wonderful. Dodge is OK on slick roads, but underpowered without the hemi. All of ours have had several fuel issues as well as cooling issues. The Charger was never meant to be a police car.

  • Cop_cat_max50

    Keetay

    over 4 years ago

    50 Comments

    It's not crap! Get over yourself! You would be in it in heartbeat if it was in front of ya and you know it, lol.

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    aldo0050

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I love to see all of you saying how wonderful it looks, and i agree it looks great. Lets remember FRONT WHEEL DRIVE AND EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPS DO NOT MIX. The majority of officers on the road are never even explained how to "load" the front end prior to a high speed turn in a front wheel drive police vehicle in a pursuit. It's all about training, and we all know that means money. Stick to what is proven over and over. Rear wheel drive, and horsepower. Thats what catches the badguys!!!!!!!

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    aldo0050

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I love to see all of you saying how wonderful it looks, and i agree it looks great. Lets remember FRONT WHEEL DRIVE AND EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPS DO NOT MIX. The majority of officers on the road are never even explained how to "load" the front end prior to a high speed turn in a front wheel drive police vehicle in a pursuit. It's all about training, and we all know that means money. Stick to what is proven over and over. Rear wheel drive, and horsepower. Thats what catches the badguys!!!!!!!

  • _cid_a925d91c73f849688ce353e19212dac0_pat_max50

    SCOP_1

    over 4 years ago

    28 Comments

    Seems to me that the only dept that used them as a standard was NYPD Traffic (aka the Brownies). It may look mean, but the Taurus has always been considered a piece of crap by road officers. Seems that Ford is taking a page out of Congresses play book. If they don't like it, ignore them and force it upon them. I also am looking at Carbon Motors.

  • Dsci1209_max50

    fernandez

    over 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    i agree dodge is better

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    swatj10

    over 4 years ago

    760 Comments

    Looks cool however I dig the Dodge Charger Hemi

  • Raquel_s_8th_bday___friends_917_max50

    Tina61S9

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    NO FRONT WHEEL DRIVE! Doesnt Ford listen to anyone in the LE community??? Maybe they oughta talk to the folks at Carbon Motors...where REAL police cars will roll off the line in 2012....

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Just as long as it doesn't blow up and burn the officer(s) inside during a rear end collision.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    TACLICK

    over 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    Looks pretty cool, but pretty expesive at the same time im sure. Still a fan of the Charger. We drive F150s at our department so I guess it dont matter. haha

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    bobrowski

    over 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    i honestly don't like the design,the room inside,or the fact of the front wheel drive it will be a high maintnance car it should not be considered a police intercepter if its a turbo engine

  • Mandy_and_me_max50

    FCPD0341

    over 4 years ago

    792 Comments

    Yeah I am sure with our budget debacle we will get one of those around the time I am retiring

  • 707168ad30b8a8c4_max50

    RLC939

    over 4 years ago

    366 Comments

    I can't give an opinion either way...I am stuck with my 2007 CV for the next 3 years....all I can do is look, maybe the 2013 version will be more updated!

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    ridethelightning2008

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    I think it looks great! I still love those Dodge Charger squad cars though, especially the unmarked ones.

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