Ford has begun producing the company's two new Police Interceptor models. According to Ward's Auto, both the Taurus and Explorer-based cruisers are rolling off of the line at the automaker's Chicago Assembly Plant. All told, the sedan variant has accounted for around 60 percent of orders so far. Currently, the law enforcement market is Ford's to lose: Dearborn has controlled up to 70 percent of police car sales in the U.S. with its now defunct Crown Victoria in the past, but General Motors has made it clear it wants a larger slice of that pie.

GM has given law enforcement agencies an alternative to the two Interceptors from Ford with its Caprice PPV and Tahoe law enforcement SUV. Even so, Ford remains confident it will stay on top of the police market. The company says that early orders indicate it will remain the segment leader.

With a turbocharged, direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 engine in place of the old 4.6-liter V8 found in the Crown Victoria, Ford also says its new Interceptor models should be capable of returning 20 percent better fuel economy – an attribute that should salve relationships somewhat with fleet orderers who were fond of the anvil-like reliability and simplicity of the old Crown Vic.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I've never been into buying used cop cars, but that might change now. Imagine getting an SHO for dirt cheap! Sure you'll have to strip out the interior, but that's part of the fun!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring the CROWN VICTORIA back with the 4.6 interceptor engine & computer back. I have 3 of them and they are indestructable! Nice ride, 26MPG on the highway from NY to VA. 16-20MPG all around driving. Not too bad. Oh, and MONSTER POWER! I had it to 130MPH and that was fast enough for me! It had plenty left too! It got into overdrive at about 100MPH. I just didn't feel like going much faster in a vehicle that was 14 years old with 160,000+ miles on it. It was fun though.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Watch for them at a donut shop oin your neighborhood.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look slightly intimidating,.......don't they?
      • 2 Years Ago
      While so many have commented, none have seen, driven or sat in one. Isn't that amazing?
        Jon Bowen
        • 2 Years Ago
        i actually sat it one and crawled all over it in october at dealer show, they are amazing. and the regular sho is amazing and these are improved, so it wont be an issue lol
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would like one myself. awesome!!!!!!!!!. Way to go FORD keep up the good work. Love my 05 Mustang GT.
      • 2 Years Ago
      criminals don't fear the police. a criminals biggest fear is that their prey will be able to turn the tables and gain the upper hand. the hunter becomes the hunted. alot of money to spend just to ticket speeders but then again that's big business for the states. why not get some souped up high performance all wheel drive jeeps to patrol the border and capture illegals before they enter the country.
        • 2 Years Ago
        if they have not yet entered the country they are not illegal immigrants...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Show me any other car that gets the abuse a taxi or police car does that is just as reliable? I have personally owned two P71 (CrownVic police package) and they are rock solid. They may not be state of the art, but simple, roomy, ample power, 18-24mpg, comfortable, and most important parts are cheap because they haven’t changed in decades! Every time I get in a cab I always look at the odometer and you’d be surprised how many 300K mile cars I see. I always ask what’s been done and usually it’s the same answer, “same engine with rebuilt transmission”. Heater core usually goes out north of 100Kmi as do the window switches, but they are like $15 each. I had a 2004 CrownVic that was totaled on the freeway by a semi truck that had 125K mi. Only thing I did to that was the brakes. My current 2006 CrownVic only has 42K miles. It’s a daily driver and gets lots of road respect, especially on these L.A. streets. However cops don’t like me driving it, Burbank police have pulled me over several times just “seeing” what I was up to. Once they see I’m cool and that I just like the car they let me on my way. Too bad they just didn’t update the platform, but with dwindling sales and zero profit on fleet sales, probably servicing and parts where the only thing keeping them going.
      • 2 Years Ago
      the more you add to an engine the more issus ford should not make the same mistake gm made and stopping production of a normaly asperated V8 rear drive sedan
      kenny n 47130```
      • 2 Years Ago
      i think that ford should go back to makeing the crown vic and the ranger pick up step side.
      • 2 Years Ago
      im not impress, i like the crown vics better.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have the 3.5 Turbo in my Truck,Great gas mileage,More power then my old 5.4 V8....Hey Guys Fast or slow you can't out run a radio....Maybe slower is better...For every one
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