• Jan 20, 2009
It's hard to turn away as loyal customer base as Ford has for its Police Interceptors, but the writing is on the wall for the Ford Crown Victoria, and has been for some time. The full-size sedan is based on Jurassic-era technology, and as of last year, it was taken off the consumer market and is available essentially only by fleet purchase for police, taxis and such. But even those are reportedly slated to be discontinued by 2011 (as are the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car). With the Crown Vic still worth 65,000 units annually, Ford isn't keen to leave the segment to the competition.

At the Detroit Auto Show two years ago, Ford showed the Interceptor concept, but sources suggest that it was never meant for production. And with the cancellation of the Blue Oval's rear-wheel-drive platform, Ford is reportedly looking at front- and all-wheel drive options over the long term. Could that include the new Taurus? Possibly, but so far Ford's not saying, and besides, that would conflict with the Blue Oval's new "flagship" messaging for the sedan.

For his part, Jim Farley, Ford's group vice president of marketing and communications, says that he envisions a move from "the legacy products" to all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive unibodies over the long haul, and perhaps unibody rear-drive crossovers as an interim solution.

We'll be watching – engines running and sirens blaring – to see what Dearborn has up their sleeves.

[Source:Automotive News, sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      So I guess they can't just keep on making Police Interceptors even with the Crown Victoria nixed..

      I've thought of suggesting to recycle the Mustang platform, but someone already took that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anybody who's been a guest in the back of one of these obsolete pigs know how ill suited they are for police duty. Anybody who's outrun one knows it too. But remember that you can't outrun a radio or a chopper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh wonderful.

      So Ford will make a car that has already been proven does not hold up to police work...witness the FWD Impala.

      Way to go Ford...the one last market that you control and you are going to replace the PROVEN Panthers with some FWD/AWD crackerbox that will spend more time in the shop than it will on the road...due to the silly FWD/AWD, and silly ecoboost nonsense.





      • 6 Years Ago

      Maybe they should just continue building the Crown Vics for the Police market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In many or most countries of the world Police cars are front wheel drive.
      Why should the US Police not be able to cope with that as well?
      Driving around a corner without the car going completely sideways is quicker!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't understand what's with the need for RWD. Here in the northern states it can be nothing but a mess for dinosaurs like the Crownie.

      The Impala with the cop package (3.9L) already outperforms the Ford in EVERY performance area, is better in the winter, costs about the same up front and in maintenance, and gets better mileage. Only highway duty versions would even need to step up to V-8 power.

      If RWD is what they really want, the Charger and G8 are great choices in their V-6 forms alone. Both too handily out-do the Ford in performance. V-8s would only need to be bought for certain duties. For cops or particular reasons where the interior volume and cargo space of the Crown Vic is a must, they could look at a cop version of the Traverse (assuming they made one) or for the duties where towing or a more powerful duty would be needed, a stripped cop duty Tahoe with the 6.2L would work just fine I would think.

      While the Crown Vic works fine for a cop car, I just think there are a number of choices out there that are better on gas while offering superior performance, and government spending IS one thing President Obama promises to get under control.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you can't drive a RWD car in the winter...you simply shouldn't be on the road. You don't even have the basic skills necessary to drive a RWD car on a slippery surface.

        I have a RWD car...with NO traction control...and NO locking differential, and I have NEVER been stuck. And I live somewhere between the Dakotas and Wisconsin.

        I see MANY more FWD/AWD cars in the ditch every winter than I do RWDs.

        Heck...my GRANDMA can handle RWD in the winter. And when she had her Explorer, she rarely put it into 4X4 Auto...she always left it in 2WD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have a C63 AMG and I can manage Minnesota winters just fine. But I also just PREFER AWD in the winter BECAUSE IT'S STILL SAFER.

        So regardless of that point of view you have, just because a way works doesn't mean it's the best way. Chargers cost a bit more up front ... but are you sure they're the V-6 and not the Hemis? Even if they're the V-6, like I said, they're better on gas for one thing that helps to offset that. Maybe they aren't cheaper in the long run, I don't know, and probably nobody does.

        I also doubt an Impala 3.9L would cost FOUR grand more than a similarly speced Crownie. So the Impala still strikes me as probably the most logical choice, and they can buy Hemi Chargers for whatever situation they need V-8 power in that application.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And since you mention spending, be advised that most cities can get their hands on a brand new Crown Vic for around $18K-$22K...undercutting the Wimpala, Charger and everything else (and I hear from numerous sources that WORK at the Crown Vic plant, that it costs them between $9K and $12K to put one together...so even at fleet prices, they are BY FAR Ford's most profitable platform.

        And the Crown Vic is cheaper to fix, maintain, and outfit.

        It really, is the only logical choice
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not just transition to the next-gen, F/AWD Explorer for fleet sales?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This might be the solution: http://www.carbonmotors.com/
      • 6 Years Ago
      FWD may be ok with some fleets, but the police would never consider them. They learn certain techniques for car chases and such that only works on RWD vehicles. As such, they're going to enjoy their new Dodge fleet soon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So what's with all of the Chevy Impala patrol cars (still FWD and allegedly boring) I've seen tooling around highways and in cities lately?

        Face it, the FWD/RWD argument is moot in 2009. No better evidence of this comes from their use amongst law enforcement departments and taxi companies. You want RWD peformance? Buy a sports car or go mod a truck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't understand why the US police force is so adamant about RWD. Most of the rest of the world's police force uses FWD or AWD cars and they do just fine, and even have car chases like we do! FWD cars are more fuel and space efficient, and in real world terms the handling benefits of RWD vs FWD is null. It would take some adjustment in tactics, but that's easily addressed with some retraining. Also, FWD cars are much better on slippery surfaces, and AWD better still. As emergency and quick response vehicles, they need good traction. Have ever seen Crown Vics, Chargers and Impalas trying to get up a slippery driveway during an East Coast winter?
        • 6 Years Ago
        What are some of these techniques? FWD offers potential higher fuel economy and more interior space. There are a few FWD cars in the states that can easy keep pace with the current police interceptors. Also, FWD cars have been shown to be effective in Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Every cop I know hates their junk old Crown Vic.

      They all want Chargers. Dodge Charger interceptors are flat out evil looking.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yea chargers would be so cool, but now that i think of it, there arent too many cheap rwd cars around these days.
        or if theyre gonna go 4wd, lancer evolution.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You guys are nuts. Crown vics are in the shop all the time. There are just tons of spare parts everywhere to keep them running.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Illegal Machine

        Funny you say that because i keep hearing how big a piece of shat the Charger is for Police work! And I own an R/T. What I've heard so far is that they are all "In the shop" constantly!

        And remember... I own a Charger R/T which is the car they base the Cruisers on!

        For a Cop car I recommend a Ford Crown Victoria even though the Charger is cooler looking. But is being a cop supposed to be cool or are you supposed to get to where you need to go without breaking down! Ya know?

        Something tells me Ford has something up their sleeve for a cruiser replacement! They have to!
        • 6 Years Ago
        With a name like Illegal Machine, I wonder in what context you know law enforcement. I'm willing to wager that I know more police officers than even a scofflaw such as yourself.

        When they first had the opportunity for the Charger, they flocked to it. It's fast and it looks cool. Now they flock away from the Charger, back to the Crown Vic. The CV is roomy, handles predictably, can take abuse (drivetrain and body). It's just evolved over decades with law enforcement in mind.

        I think a Taurus SHO is an interesting choice. I wonder if it can live up to the Crown Vic when it comes to taking a beating.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I spoke an officer that had a new Charger once and he said that he very much prefered it over the Ford.................

        Can the Charger be had with AWD ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Taurus would work well, s'my guess. Pontiac G8 cop cars ever appear? (http://goodcarbadcar.blogspot.com/2007/07/top-5-cars-police-should-be-driving.html)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Had them in Australia for years and years..... as the Commodore of course
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Chevy Caprice was the best police cruiser ever.
      There are stations that are still using them today, despite them being discontinued 13 years ago.
      I know one station that replaced their Caprice with a Charger, skipping the Crown Vic entirely.
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