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Criminals Beware: 2011 Ford Police Interceptor is a High-Tech Crime-Stopper!

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On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 11:55AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

Criminals Beware: 2011 Ford Police Interceptor is a High-Tech Crime-Stopper!

Police nationwide are offering their salvos to the Dearborn automaker, Ford Motor Corporation, for their newest line of criminal defender vehicles that is already in production for police stations, substations, and facilities nationwide: The 2011 Ford Police Interceptor. There have been some vast improvements made upon this car, even from their last line, the 10’ receptor, and then some! Even better: the newer model ditches the ugly old Crown Victoria model—which is curvy and outdated’and replaces it with a flashier and much more aesthetically pleasing Taurus sedan. But don’t get anything wrong: this is not your average Ford Taurus. Far from it, in fact! 

But cops don’t want just a touring sedan to capture thugs in. They have also contracted the company to start production of second model—an SUV version —slated for later this year. According to a report published on Detnews.com earlier this month, “Now, Ford is readying a police utility vehicle based on the same platform as the all-new Ford Explorer, which the automaker plans to reveal later this year.”

Ford Nailed the Contract
As far as the automaker is concerned, it is just business as usual. According to Lisa Teed, brand marketing manager for Ford's police vehicle program, in an early May article published on Detroit News, “When you own 70 percent of the market and you understand your customers, they tell you what their needs are.” She adds, “They need flexibility, and that's what this second vehicle brings.”

So it really is no surprise that one of the only remaining profitable entities of the Big Four has once again made itself a viable entity for the production of police vehicles over the next year to come.

Why Cops Love It
Head honchos and spokespersons at the company are not the only ones who are all giddy and excited about this newer 2011 product line, however. The cops are too.

In the same article, Lt. Keith Wilson, head of the Michigan State Police’s vehicle evaluation program and a member of Ford's police advisory board, had some serious homage to pay to the car maker for heeding what cops want in their cars. He stated in an interview, “Ford realized they were going to have to raise the bar when it comes time to replace the Crown Vic, and they have.”

This all-new model has some cool innovations, as well. A good example is that the new line incorporates the Sync system—a voice command system that operates certain features in the car— that has made many Ford owners happy. This enables police officers to voice-control critical vehicle features such as the sirens and lights, steering, and many other things, just by uttering a command. According to Wilson, cops are ecstatic about this new feature, “The Sync system will allow for a much cleaner cockpit, and the larger components will be stowed in the trunk. He adds, “Technology and ergonomics are important to officers.”

In closing, Wilson sums up the new 2011 Ford Police Interceptor, “I thought it was well-designed. What particularly caught my eye was how they are making the interior safer and easier to work in. We now know that Ford is doing the best they can to make their vehicle safe and comfortable— and that is important because, for our officers, their car is their office.”

Indeed, not only are the police who will be, and are, driving these newer models happy campers— or giddy coppers— but the company that got that fat contract is feeling pretty swell as well—as they now manufacture more than 70% of all police cars in the US.

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