Law Enforcement and Taxi Companies in Hot Pursuit of Next-Gen Ford Vehicles
Online PR News – 03-October-2011 – – LONDONDERRY, NH – Next time you see flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror, don’t be surprised when the vehicle looks more like a Ford Taurus or Ford Explorer than a Crown Victoria. Marking the end of an era of V8-powered Ford sedans, the last Ford Crown Victoria rolled off the assembly line in Ontario, Canada on September 15, relinquishing its 32-year legacy as the iconic police and taxi driver vehicle of choice.
The Crown Victoria was known for being ideal for street work because of its durable 4.6-liter V8 engine and rugged suspension. The full-size sedan was also easy to repair and had the interior space for all the technology and equipment an officer needs while in the line of duty. For all its strengths however, the Crown Vic was an aging platform, and modern demands for greater fuel efficiency and technology have led Ford to develop a new 2013 Police Interceptor Sedan based on a Ford Taurus and a 2013 Police Interceptor Utility based on a Ford Explorer.
“Seeing a Crown Vic on the highway always raises your pulse a little bit,” said Jim McGovern, general manager of Ford of Londonderry, a Southern New Hampshire Ford dealer. “After decades of service, its profile is ingrained in our minds, so it will be sad to see it go. That said, our law enforcement officials will be even better served by the new Ford Police Interceptor Sedan.”
The new Police Interceptor Sedans are modeled after the Taurus typically found at Ford dealerships, a vehicle that has been in Ford’s arsenal since 1986 but has gone through six generations of upgrades to reach its current technology-packed model. New Ford Police Interceptor Sedans will take full advantage of the Taurus’s 3.5-liter V6 engine, which offer 280 horsepower at the base level. An optional turbocharged EcoBoost engine – the same powerplant that can be found in the high-performance Taurus SHO – delivers up to 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque with the same size and displacement. Compare that to the Crown Victoria’s engine, which delivered 250 horsepower with a larger displacement, and the reasons for the upgrade become clear.
Currently undergoing testing by police departments in North America, the new Police Interceptors are expected to roll out to forces later this year. Extensive testing by the Michigan State Police recently deemed the new vehicles worthy of performing the grueling work demanded of police cars day in and day out. As the only vehicles to pass testing for rear collisions at 75 mph, the Interceptors will also cost about the same as a Crown Victoria, so taxpayers will not have to pay a premium for better handling and fuel economy in their towns’ police fleets.
In addition to its work with police vehicles, Ford introduced its Transit Connect Taxi model this year to replace the Crown Victoria as its flagship taxi for city and suburban cab companies. Transit Connect Taxis offer more passenger and luggage room and save an average of four miles per gallon compared with the Crown Victoria, but that doesn’t mean the last of Ford’s rear-wheel-drive sedans won’t be missed.
“Now that the Crown Vic’s reign is over, police and taxi fleets are looking for alternatives,” added McGovern. “The Crown Victoria has done its job and done it well. Ford is looking to build upon that legacy with its next generation of service vehicles, and maybe one day the new Police Interceptor Sedan and Transit Connect Taxi will be icons themselves.”
About Ford of Londonderry:
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