• Nov 13th 2009 at 11:40AM
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In a surprise move, Ford has announced that it will pursue the development of an all-new Police Interceptor model. The move comes on the heels of General Motors' announcement that it plans to challenge the Crown Victoria's law enforcement dominance with its own heavy-duty Chevrolet Caprice sedan.

Details are slim, but Ford says the forthcoming PI will arrive in 2011 and it will sport durability, safety, and performance parameters that are superior to that of the Jurassic Panther-platform Crown Vic. Given the relatively tight timeframe and durability targets, we have to assume that the replacement cop car could be based on the rear-drive Australian-market Ford Falcon shown above. The Blue Oval promises that the car will be engineered and built in America, so it could also be an Ecoboost version of the Ford Taurus (as seen in the SHO), but front-drive cars have had trouble meeting the durability and cost requirements of police duty in the past, making this something of an open question. In an official release posted after the jump, Ford says it will disclose full vehicle specs in the first quarter of 2010, which should give enough time for both law enforcement and police vehicle equipment manufacturers to prepare for the changeover.

Ford says it presently shifts about 45,000 of the 60,000 police cars sold in the States each year, so it makes sense that Dearborn would not be willing to cede this market to Chevy's Caprice and the already established Dodge Charger.

[Source: Ford]



* Ford confirms development plans of an all-new Ford Police Interceptor and affirms continued commitment to the police and municipal vehicle businesses
* New Police Interceptor's durability, safety and performance will exceed the existing Crown Victoria's law enforcement vehicle lineup
* Ford is the market leader in the law enforcement vehicle segment, selling 45,000 of the 60,000 police vehicles sold in each year in the U.S.

Dearborn, Mich., Nov. 13, 2009 – Ford Motor Company announced today it will produce an all-new purpose-built Police Interceptor specially designed and engineered to replace the Ford Crown Victoria law enforcement vehicle lineup in 2011.

The new Ford Police Interceptor is being developed in conjunction with Ford's Police Advisory Board, which provided input during the past 14 months on key vehicle attributes, such as safety, performance, durability, driver convenience and comfort. The new Police Interceptor will be offered without interruption when production of the Ford Crown Victoria ends in late 2011.

"We have heard the repeated requests from the law enforcement community to continue uninterrupted support of the law enforcement community," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. "Ford is answering the call with the new Police Interceptor – engineered and built in America."
Ford – which currently controls approximately 75 percent of the police pursuit vehicle business in the U.S. – has invested significantly in designing the purpose-built new police and municipal vehicles to meet the needs of these crucial customers.

The new Police Interceptor is designed to provide municipalities with reduced ownership costs through improved fuel efficiency, quality and the kind of durability police departments nationwide have come to expect from Ford.

"Ford's commitment to the law enforcement community produced the Crown Victoria, the benchmark police vehicle," said Lt. Brian Moran, fleet manager, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and a member of Ford's Police Advisory Board. "This commitment has continued, and Ford has been working closely with the Police Advisory Board on developing the new Police Interceptor. I am confident that the next-generation Ford police vehicle will meet the future needs of the law enforcement community and will set the new standard."

Ford plans to reveal the new model and provide full vehicle specifications in the first quarter of 2010 – in time for law enforcement agencies, police equipment manufacturers and upfitters to develop a transition plan from the Crown Victoria to the new product.

Each year, Ford sells approximately 45,000 police vehicles, making the Blue Oval the nation's largest provider of police and municipal vehicles.

"Ford long has supported our public servants with vehicles that work as hard as they do," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service. "We intend to build on this legacy with a new generation of municipal and police vehicles that set even higher standards."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I see nothing that indicates it would be a new platform in the press release. Ditch the god awful 2v 4.6 for the Mustang's new engines, revise the suspension, lightly upgrade the fascia and voila you have a car that exceeds the CV's durability, safety and performance.

      Unless of coarse the moronic UAW builds the CV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope Ford does a better job on the new vehicle than they do on spelling. "Enforcement" is misspelled in the press release headline, for gosh sakes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's wrong with the new Taurus!?! Why don't they just use it!?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because front wheel drive cars suck for what Police Interceptors have to do...
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's wrong with the Taurus???

        The list would be shorter if you said "What's right with the Taurus".

        • 5 Years Ago
        The only people who drive FWD cop cars are "community service officers." Everyone else needs a RWD for various reasons, including durability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why can't they just reengineer the Taurus platform to accept a RWD design?
        • 5 Years Ago

        on discovery was a a show where they compared products from both sides of the ocean.

        the crown victoria lost the batle against a volvo 850 t5.
        the volvo handled better and was faster and lighter(witch surprized the american cop that assited the show).
        european cops that assisted the show where surpriced by the crown's relative good handeling, but instantly said, you may keep it.
        it's a very slow and log vihicle, ala mastodont.

        a FWD is way cheaper than a RWD car and a engine swap is done very fast.
        remove both axles, disconnect the exhaust and gear stick, unbolt the subframe, unplug the wires and fuel lines, lift the car and ready to be lowered on to a new engine.
        (it's not even needed to work inside of the car and remove parts from interior.)
        most FWD axle, accept VAG and some more, are realy easy to exchange, just remove the center bolt from the wheel, disengage the strut, hit a few times on the center of the hub and pull the axle from the gearbox.
        two axle are changed in 60 minutes or less.

        another perfect example that they have no clue on what they do there on the other side of the ocean.
        the typical it's between the ears thing.

        : (

        but i gues the police there likes to make action movies on the fly.

        • 5 Years Ago
        maybe it's because this one had the headlights from audi a6
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford certainly has an impressive fleet sales portfilio, inlcuding the crown vic, the diesel vans used in ambulance applications, super duty and light pickups, etc. Good to see them working on maintaining that and cutting back substantially on rental car sales, unlke Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Egon, that's an interesting twist that I was unaware of. I wonder if it has something to do with the Navistar debacle. Perhaps they'll reintroduce a diesel E-Series once their own diesel becomes a little more proven.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, Ford essentially walked away from the van-cutaway ambulance market since they discontinued the diesel option on the E-chassis. At 10,000 units or so (in a good year), it was a tiny segment of their overall sales. The F-chassis still has the diesel ambulance prep pkg, but if you're speccing a diesel van-chassis ambulance, GM's the only option left.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just hope they dont use the Taurus Sheetmetal, they need a separate vechicle, putting the new Taurus in police cars will devalue the new Taurus!

      One solution is to use the old 500 -Taurus sheetmetal, that car would be better for police use, has tall greenhouse and would not hurt the image of the new Taursus!!

      I still think they should keep building the Crown Vic, they could sell them forever makes the perfect police car and why try to market something new when you already have a 60,000 unit market, thats mature and probably has little increase in future years!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. The Five-Hundred's body would make for a much better police car with the improved drivetrain and suspension of the new Taurus. However, the main reason a police department may or may not choose a car is the transferability of existing police equipment into a new car design; the reason the Charger and Impala had not made a bigger impact into the market is that both are too constricted to take equipment that easily fit the Crown Vic. Limited budgets and quantity discounts on all police equipment are major economic factors that city and county governments can't overlook and is Ford's best selling point for the Crown Vic. Ford is in an unique position to tailor its replacement to take transplanted radios and computers, thus if Ford can get their car out before a rival can get a foothold, then it will maintain its dominance in the police and taxi market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The reason why the falcon is hard to make LHD is its I6 engine. All of the intake is in the way of where the steering column would go. In the current car, when looking from front, the exhaust is on the left (where the RHD steering wheel is), and there is a large void. The V8 models may be easier to make LHD as it should be similar on both sides for the space (though never seen a XR8/GT engine bay up close). And the 4L I6 is a brilliant engine, even when it was coupled to a 4 speed auto (which I have now), and the turbo is better (parents have 1).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe the timeframe is too aggressive. The last time GM rebodied an Australian car for the US market it took 5 years (Camaro). But maybe Ford can somehow get it done quicker.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or maybe it really took about 3yrs.

        Introduced as a concept in January 2006 (on a modified Cadillac platform), approved for production in August 2006, on dealer lots in April 2009. Please show me the 5yrs.

        Plus, it's far mor ethan a rebody, other than hardpoints, it shares very little with other vehicles ont he platform.

        For the record, 3yrs is pretty typical for new models across the industry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      An aussie showdown! It'll be like an ATCC event!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do the police get the sweet RWD platforms from GM and Ford but we don't. This sucks
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because we (the customers) don't want that

        At least that's what they're telling us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For winter driving, you need good snow tires and be done with it. FWD vs RWD should not be the decision.

      There is a good reason why the Crown Vic PI is the cop car of choice. Police drive them for 100K miles, then they are sold into taxi service where they run until 300K without major problems! FWD or RWD, the point is that a new police service car needs to be DURABLE!

      I hope they're good. I want to be able to buy a used one someday.
        • 5 Years Ago
        how much do you pay for a taxi ride in a mercedes taxi?
        • 5 Years Ago
        haha, they call them selfs the richest nation on earth.


        2nd hand vihicles for the taxi market.
        here in europe, most taxi driver use e-class mercedes and some have s-class.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its not going to be Falcon based. The platform is right hand drive only. Its on again off again global replacement is engineered for LHD or RHD, but that definitely won't be ready for 2011. The best bet is a version of the Taurus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still like the idea and style of the Carbon Motors E7.
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