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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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  • Phf_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Dont know what some of you have been reading, but you missed the information where the Taurus PI has increased rear seat room, wider opening doors, All Wheel Drive, reverse sensing system, Blind Spot Information System, and a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds. Oh yeah, and 25 mpg.
    In durability testing, they ran over 8" high curbs at 40mph, literally hundreds of times. The shift lever on the column was tested 200,000 times.

  • Wings_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I want one! That is if it really does what they say...doubtful, but it sounds cool! It's about time someone did a cutout for those belts...

  • Officer_down2_max160_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    nice vehicle

  • Catch_of_the_day_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Looks nice, sounds nice, but how much more is it going to be?

  • Fire_station_010_max50


    over 4 years ago


    not being a commissioned police officer i doubt i will ever get the chance to drive one of these, how ever i am a police car buff and i think that ford might be one the right track,i had the opportunity to drive a 89 mustang pursuit vehicle, as a buddy of mine in the natyional guard was a dps officer i got to drive his old car back to his house while he was in his newer car, i have always wanted to get my hands on a decommissioned police vehicle but they are hard to get ahold of in my community, "Ford keep prividing the best technolgy for our police officer, sheriff deputy's and state troopers

  • Img_1379_max50


    over 4 years ago


    im going to go out and get arrested so i can get a ride in one of those wondering if there going to be available to the public.years ago i had an 1989 taurus sho 5 speed and that car was fast so im thinking this one is going to rip yeah i think i need one lol

  • 0314001503_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm going to end the whining that I keep reading about cars being too small. First off I'm 6'10" and weigh 215lbs. While working as a cadet for the Redding Police Department I regularly drove a CV marked patrol car. I fit just fine in the front compartment. The back is a different story. At one point the department considered the Charger and had one sent out for evaluation. I was called to sit in the front and rear compartments to see how much room there was. I fit in the rear compartment with little discomfort and the front compartment was fairly roomy. This new Taurus body Interceptor sounds like a great concept and sounds like Ford has finally gotten the bigger picture of making a purpose built vehicle. The car looks big enough to offer room in the front compartment for taller officers and still have enough room in the back for the prisoner to be somewhat comfortable (who cares). I still have yet to see the Carbon E7 and the Impalas are a joke. As far as looks go this new Ford Interceptor looks purposed. I mean that saying you can tell it is a police car. It doesn't looks vicious like the Chargers do but it doesn't look like a pushover. You could say it is public friendly. Like if you saw that rolling up on a call you felt comfortable but as a criminal you know you're screwed.

    This is my opinion and as a fan of the CV I hate to see it go but it's time for purpose built police cars that help keep officers safe and their office the best it can be.

  • Preparedness_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Way to go Ford! You have insured Dodge's continued success, and Chevy's re-birth in the police market. I would have thought better of a company that didn't take any bailout money. I hope you can recover from this mistake, and is a mistake.

  • Dennis_parker_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is the biggest mistake that the Ford Motor Company has ever made. I guess we will have to buy trucks and SUVs.

  • 135c_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    nice try ford, but carbon motors still has you beat hands down!!!

  • Super_troopers_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Yes, but what about the back seat area, we had problems with our Ford-provided (FREE! for evaluation)Taurus Police cars, we had 3 or more for evaluation that there was no room in the front seat and absoultely no room for the guest rider in the back seat area. I already cannot get into the backseat of a Police-equipped Crown Victoria.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Ford completely missed it with this one. With all of the stuff we have to haul around these days, throw in a K9 cage or a prisoner transport cage, and where is the officer gonna fit into this thing? Looks like they just conceded to the Dodge Boys.

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It really needs some slicker 'not shiny" looking rims, and it looks like a toy. I'm sorry, it just doesn't look mean, cool, awe inspiring, nor does it inspire respect.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Looks good

  • American_first_responder2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The new Taurus Built Police Intercepter for Police sounds sweet, and after driving Crown Vics all of my police career, I still prefer the Crown Vic. It may prove to be a mistake in stopping the manufacture of the Crown Vic. I can't knock it completely without taking the new replacement for a test run for patrol, and traffic control. Seems vehicles are getting smaller all the time. The car sure looks good in the photograph, and as the old addage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe, maybe not. I feel the Dodge is more effective for State Police, as far as performance and accuracy goes. Then again...Who knows, we'll have to wait and see or try it for ourselves. God bless.

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