• Feb 23rd 2012 at 2:20PM
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The Ford Taurus and Explorer Police Interceptors (Ford)... The Ford Taurus and Explorer Police Interceptors (Ford).
In September of 2011, the last Ford Crown Victoria rolled off the assembly line in Ontario, Canada, closing a long chapter in police cruiser history. The Crown Vic's long life -- the sedan's platform had been around since 1979 -- as the choice of police departments nationwide was due to its simplicity, sturdy construction and wealth of replacement parts.

But with the Crown Vic's death comes rebirth, in the form of the Ford Taurus and Explorer Police Interceptors, which began production at the automaker's Chicago Assembly Plant. Ford says the new police car variants will have more technology, more power and achieve 20% better fuel efficiency than the older generations.

The Taurus variant, which comes with all-wheel drive, beefed up mechanicals and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, is said to make up 60% of the orders so far.

Ford currently dominates the police cruiser market with about 70% of sales, but rivals GM and Chrysler have offered their own takes on the cop car: GM with its Chevrolet PPV and Tahoe law enforcement SUV and Chrysler with its Dodge Charger Pursuit.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      They are so well armed after tge guys in L.A. robbed a BANK and shot it out with the police they are M-16 rifles and Ak-47 rifles and semi-auto pistols and BODY ARMOR. The Police had .38 & .357 REVOLVER Pistols and shotguns. The bad guys expended ove 2000 rounds apiece. The Police were outgunned until they went to locla gun and borrowed some guns and ammunition. The Gang Bangers are better armed that most police agencies in this country and they as well armed as some Countries. An d you want to KNOW why the Police are so well armed that is why.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's called budget cuts from tax cuts for your votes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will drive correctly and at ease so cops run out of money by not being able to issue tickets. As fuel costs rise, drivers wouyld want to avoid tickets to use the extra cash into their tank of gasoline.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love it. The Police need the best equipment available and these cars are lookin' Baaaaaddd. You just don't want one behind you with the lights flashing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If these neo-taurus' were any bigger pigs, they'd have an apple in their mouth. My police friends don't want one of these cars. They say they want V8, rear wheel drives, with power and room. Oh, no pun intended, but these wanna-be taurus police cars are a joke.
        • 3 Years Ago
        i agree! i have talked to several cops and they told be the same thing! they even told me that at times the crown vics interior is too small.... if 107.5 cubic feet is not enough than 102.2 is going to be a joke... at this point i see more chargers. it helps knowing that the charger, 300, challenger and magnum dont have chrysler trandmissions! the 5-speed is mercedes and the 8-speed is ZF... and remember the charger also has the option of all wheel drive. the taurus is a beautiful car inside and out, but when i sat in one at my local auto show, i was never this let down. for a car if its size, i have never been in a more cramped car!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Verry cool.. we have a f-150 with the v6 turbo and it RUNS,, will be a great car
      • 3 Years Ago
      Twenty percent better gas mileage than a crown vic. You mean, it is already antiquated as another horrendous gas guzzler.
        • 3 Years Ago
        My Mercury Grand Marquis gets between 32 and 33 MPG. My boy's does the same. A lot of Honda and Toyota cars that are much smaller don't do that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least these two vehicles are made IN the US, unlike the Charger or CVPI. Too damn bad some Canadians are out of work (ah well they have all that social support up there) but damn fine some Americans either got jobs or got to keep them by making these things here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as rear wheel drive is available, it'll be my choice. Sooo, their offerings require the Explorer as a base. Taurus is a great venicle (tranny troubles guarantee 2 will be required to reach 100K miles) as long as you own a transmission shop to re-engineer the Engineered Obsolescence progressively, as Ford makes it's mods along the way.
      • 3 Years Ago
      yea the car looks like from ROBO COP POLICE one day its going to be cars flying like in back to the future.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Being chased down by a Taurus is punishment enough...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really? I remember blowinging of Camero 350s and Mustang 5.0's with my 91 1/2 Taurus SHO. I could set it on 135 and drive it for 100's of miles while getting 27 MPG. Learn what Ford has made and you will see they make the best cars of the big 3. Oh, they didn't use your tax money to survive either. Government Motors and Tax Dodges. Oh, the new Camero is as ugly as the crack of my ass, with that stupid Cheshire Grin front end, has the ugliest dash in history, and you can't see out of it. You think they would learn. I suggest you look up the 2013 Shelby if you want to see the finest American made car on the planet!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Robo cop Taurus all over again niceeeeee...
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