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Ford Motor Company to Phase Out Crown Victoria

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On: Tue, May 4, 2010 at 11:15AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Ford Motor Company to Phase Out Crown Victoria

In recent car news, Ford has announced that they will be phasing out the infamous Crown Victoria. The car that everyone knows as a police squad car will no longer bear the Crown Victoria model name, but Ford has no intention of forgoing its contract to provide vehicles for the police department, a segment that provides over 65,000 sales per year to the Ford Motor Company.

An advisory board, which included law enforcement professionals, worked as a team to provide input into what options the new model squad car should have as far as safety, performance, practicality, and even comfort—well for the driver, anyhow.

As earlier promised by Larry Tagawa, Los Angeles Police Department’s Motor Transportation Division, Ford is planning to offer a new Ford Interceptor Police Car as replacement for the Crown Victoria. Although Ford has not officially stated, the new police car appears to be designed after the Ford Taurus, with some significant upgrades, of course.

One of the biggest differences will be the change from a V8 to a V6 engine in the Taurus, but Ford has promised that even though the fuel economy will increase in the new police cars, the power in the new Taurus will match that of the V8 Crown Victoria. There will be two different Taurus options. The first is a 3.5 liter engine with 263 hp. The engine is 25% more efficient than the one it replaces. The second option is Ford’s EcoBoost technology with a turbocharged engine providing 365 hp and 350 ft.-lb. of torque.

A high-capacity six-speed Select Shift Automatic transmission will provide the power of EcoBoost through the highly evolved torque-sensing AWD system. According to sources at Ford Motor Company, “EcoBoost brings municipalities and police fleet administrators the first ultra high-performance, yet environmentally friendly, police pursuit vehicle. Offering performance that bests normally-aspirated V8-powered police cruisers, and comparable fuel economy, and CO2 emissions to the standard V-6, EcoBoost represents a triple-win for police departments, the tax-paying constituents they serve, and the environment they help collectively to preserve.”

In addition to the engine upgrades to increase speed, these new high-performance police vehicles will be all-wheel drive, will have a new feature called Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), a cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera system which provides back-up assistance, and Ford's SYNC hands-free information system.

The new police fleet will be assembled in the Chicago Ford Assembly plant and are expected to be seen on the streets in September of 2011, the same model year that Ford ceases production on the Crown Victoria. The vehicles went through vigorous testing by the Michigan State Police Department, as well as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and have been deemed as “pursuit-ready."

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