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Edmunds has taken a closer look at which vehicles are most heavily favored by the federal government by evaluating percentage of model sales in 2011. Not surprisingly the Chevrolet Caprice topped off the list with a whopping 79.2 percent of sales going to government agencies, while the out-to-pasture Ford Crown Victoria took second with 57.2 percent of total sales. But that's pretty much where the predictability comes to a close. The Chevrolet Express van takes a distant third with 10.7 percent. Like the Ram Dakota, which came in fifth at 9.2 percent, we imagine that has more to do with the number of civilian models sold each year rather than any great number of government service vehicles on the road.

Other notable models include the Ford E-Series in seventh place, the Ford Expedition in eighth and the Dodge Grand Caravan in ninth. Even the old Chevrolet Impala made the cut with 5.3 percent of its sales heading off to government duty. That's good enough to nab the machine 10th place. Head over to Edmunds to have a look at the full list.


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      EXP Jawa
      • 3 Years Ago
      If only 79.2 % of police-only Caprice sales are to government agencies, where are the other 20.8% going? Civilians still can't buy them, right?
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EXP Jawa
        My guess is they are going to local and state governments. This list is federal only.
        Egon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EXP Jawa
        The Inside Line article isn't entirely clear either, but does suggest that the numbers relate to state and federal agencies. No mention of local/city governments.
        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EXP Jawa
        Thats a realy good question. My undersatnding was 100% of them were going to the government only.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EXP Jawa
        [blocked]
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EXP Jawa
        Govy Agencies are but one faction of fleet sales.
          EXP Jawa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          True enough. But a vehicle sold for law enforcement only tends to be used only by government fleets. Unless, as was suggested, private security company fleets are also considered legitimate customers too.
      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      love it, and happy to see the Govt is supportive of the big three..........IMO, thats the way it should be.
        merlot066
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        People always overlook that when they see that the big 3 have higher overall fleet percentages than foreign automakers. Government vehicles should obviously be American and even regular commercial fleets are often given a nod towards domestic makers because it bodes well from a public image standpoint.
      Relyat08
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm just trying to figure out where the other 20% of Caprices went since no one outside of the government can buy it in the US. As others mentioned, I'd also like to see absolute numbers on this list. I think the Impala and Charger would be much higher in that case. I see nearly as many of them for police cruisers as I do Crown Vics in my area.
        PJA48142
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Relyat08
        The list mentioned refers to sales to the Feds only. The other 20% went to state and local government purchases.
          wilkegm
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PJA48142
          @Sizzlo - we'll forgive your grammatical error, but you're wrong- it is percentage of total vehicles sold. I didn't know they had even begun to ship Caprices already.
          Slizzo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PJA48142
          Eh, you're numbers are probably off. This is percentages of total Federal purchases, so 79% of the vehicles that the Feds purchased, were Chevrolet Caprices. This isn't percentages of total manufacturer sales.
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprised by the Expedition. I see Police Tahoes regularly, but I can't think of any Police or Government Expeditions that I've seen.
        wilkegm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @axiomatik
        A lot of smaller departments have them along side their Crow Vic Interceptors. The Tahoe is nice, but often its worth while to have just one dealership service contract.
      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      Federal government agencies aren't the only customers buying the Caprices. Several State and local government agenciess are buying them too, and not just for law enforcement duties. Some of the local universities are using some as their official staff vehicles. And at least one Chevy dealer in North Alabama who handles commercial vehicle sales is selling a few on Autotrader.com to reduce his inventory. I don't see too many Dakotas on the road. The state Highwya department in my area has replaced them all with Ford F-Series. The Alabama State Troopers and Mississippi Highway Patrol use Tahoes all the time. My local Sheriff is the only law officer using an Expedition. I have yet to see a Taurus police cruiser. Given I haven't seen an Impala cop car yet and both cars are front-wheel drive, I shouldn't be surprised.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Matt can never resist bashing Ford,can he?
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      The absolute numbers would be far more interesting. Most obvious case would be the Dodge Charger – one of the three major police cars, but as it's available for private use too, the percentage is very low. I guess, the absolute number should be no worse than third.
      Phillip
      • 3 Years Ago
      Govmint Motor Co. They protectin the tax money they stole from you.
      Sgt Beavis
      • 3 Years Ago
      So our tax dollars are going to Australia now?
      That Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      They forgot the Taurus and Explorer.............
        merlot066
        • 3 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        "The List: 10 Vehicles with the Highest Proportion of Government Sales" The Taurus and Explorer didn't make the top 10, why should they include them? So you can make some asenine and incorrect comment about Ford?
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car looks like trash. The G8 was a 1000x better than this crap.
      bluerings07
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Caprice is for sale in the US???
        EXP Jawa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bluerings07
        For law enforcement, yes. Our local county sheriff has some already.
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