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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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    gardenanightrider

    about 4 years ago

    200 Comments

    I hate the chargers. too small and to many blind spots. Not built for police work......only upside is that they are fast....and look cool.

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    Capt_EvanScott

    about 4 years ago

    146 Comments

    Looks like a great idea for some of the dept. like Highway Patrol but too small for everyday practicality... Make it bigger like a Hummer $ Bad Ass vehicle $ and now you have a real chance at dominating and have greater presence.

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    starrquin40

    about 4 years ago

    42 Comments

    Love the car so you guys are going too be faster then the crimenals huh?

  • Joshwork_max50

    jbm6556

    about 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    I thought the cash for clunkers program was over.

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    xmotorjoc

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    30 years ago me and a buddy talked about building a purpose built patrol car like the Checker Co. did for the taxi cars. The Carbon shows some promise. No way could I drive todays small cars. I'm 6 ft tall and weight 210 lbs and I barely fit in them. Give me the large cruisers or an SUV,

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    Trooper523

    about 4 years ago

    702 Comments

    We have one as a Detective car...nice for a little family car...WORTHLESS for a patrol car...NO ROOM!!!!!!
    I will keep my Dodge Charger thanks.....

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    Claar

    about 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    It's an awsome looking car, sounds like it fast, but does it provide what is needed for a police car?

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    Ruu

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    My husband was killed in a Crown Vic when it exploded....How sweet that they add in the comment about it holding up to rear end impacts at 75 miles an hour...that's what they said about the Vics also! This car kills!

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    rodney

    about 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    is it front whell drive ? I hope not

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    Deltapidelta

    about 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    Taurus-based = CRAP

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    alinguistic

    about 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Its a neat looking car, however the Crown Vic already had issues with putting bad guys in the back seat, and now with a smaller car and a cage, a toddler might have issues fitting. But hey, I won't totally knock it till I see one all outfitted.

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    Sarge144

    about 4 years ago

    138 Comments

    My big question for Carbon Motors is how can I get it repaired and get it back on the road quickly? In our case we take our Crown Vics to our Ford dealer, get it repaired (and parts are always in stock) and have the car back on the road within hours. The Crown Vic is nice, but based on a twenty year old design and it is time for it to go. The new Interceptor outperforms the Crown Vic in every way and has more room. I'll take a new Ford with AWD and the twin turbo Ecoboost.

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    houvol

    about 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    I like it. I want one as a POV.

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    Rguzman

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    I don't like it! I think getting rid of the Crown Vic was a bad decision.

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    twyoungs

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    i think putting an intercepter together using a Tuarus frame is beyond stupid, it's dangerous. The modern Crown Vic os already to small for some people to get into anyways. With all the equipment thats in the car now, it's damn uncomfortable to drive around in for 10+ hours as it is. Not to mention that if you have to stuff someone in the back. Some people i've taken into custody have a next to impossible time fitting in the back. They have to sit sideways and all jammed up. Normally I would give a crap if a criminal is uncomfortable while he take the ride to lock-up, But I'm thinking of the individuals safety if something should happen, like a wreck. Someone hitting me?
    So no i think it's a bad idea, and its obvious that ford didn't ask any cops how they would like the new car to be outfitted. I agree with CoDog5515, Carbon One has ford scared.

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