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Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle: Ford's Police ... Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle: Ford's Police Interceptor (autoblog)
There is a new vehicle that you should keep an eye out for when you're going a little too fast down the Interstate. Ford's Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility was the bestselling new law enforcement model in the country last year, and signs show that won't be changing anytime soon.

Ford sold 14,086 Interceptor Utilities in 2013, up 140 percent from the year before, and 10,897 Interceptor Sedans, up 31%, according to USA Today. Overall, the brand's police sales were up 48 percent, and they were enough to boost the company's law enforcement vehicle market share by 9 points to nearly 50 percent.

The success comes just a few years after it made the decision to finally retire the long-serving Crown Victoria-based cruiser for two more modern vehicles. "We had to reinvent the category," said Chris Terry of Ford Communications to Autoblog. The automaker had to convince police departments that a unibody chassis without a V8 could perform better than a model that had been a law enforcement staple for years.

The keys to the transition have been the Utility's space, performance and standard all-wheel drive. The truck's extra storage space has been welcomed by officers who are being asked to be first responders in many situations, and the EcoBoost version has been the fastest in its class the last three years of testing by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department. Plus, even in places that don't experience much inclement weather, the added traction from AWD is an advantage.

According to Terry, when Ford introduced the new emergency vehicles, it expected sales to be split roughly 50-50 between the Explorer and Taurus. But at times it "has run as high 70 percent Utility." The company appears to have read the market well. As more law enforcement agencies drop their aging Crown Vics, the Blue Oval has replacements at the ready.


This article originally appeared on Autoblog



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      simariners
      • 11 Months Ago
      Kind of makes sense that they would use a gas "Hog" for a police car
      brennemanbelkin
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Crown Vic was a great car. The C-6 transmission was nearly indistructable. And you could fit three bodies in the trunk. (Just ask the Mafia.) It's going to be hard to replace.
      • 11 Months Ago
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      kulpw40
      • 11 Months Ago
      Ford, short spelling for Found On Road Dead or Figure On Repairs Daily. I hope the police get better customer care than Ford gave other customers. Ford did build a good car 40 to 50 years ago but they like GMC and Chrysler set on their butts and rode their reputations until the foreign manufacturers passed them and now they're scrambling to catch up. Too little too late and this is one customer who could care if all three folded up.
        raal246
        • 11 Months Ago
        @kulpw40
        ...and that is WHY FORD did not need a stimulus and their best selling truck in the market for decades!
      • 11 Months Ago
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      msredinsky
      • 11 Months Ago
      Yeah, taxayers have deep pockets, who cares if these police cars are soooo expensive! You gotta have a nice ride to eat your doughnuts in while on patrol for those dastardly people who are just driving to and from their work place. Go get those criminal working stiffs!! The very idea of harrassing working people is rediculous, why not spend money on agressively going after real criminals? Oh, that's right, the cops might get hurt doing that!
      redband
      • 11 Months Ago
      The next time you are some place and scared and need help. Just call the bakery I'm sure the baker will run right out and help you. Stop knocking the cops !!
        • 11 Months Ago
        @redband
        As a criminal defense lawyer, I can say I'd rather call the baker if I was scared and needed my mommy. I once saw a state trooper helping a lady change her tire...I about drove off the road. I'm not saying all cops are dirty, but there are many.
          mitholander
          • 11 Months Ago
          You as a defense attorney (GAG) calling police officers dirty?!!!! ROFLMAO.... Lawyers are just above the scum they defend and that's pretty low.
      sptonner
      • 11 Months Ago
      larger cab space for hauling more donuts,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
      Mikerrr
      • 11 Months Ago
      Further militarization of local police departments?
      • 11 Months Ago
      That is funny I see a lot of the Police Departments and Government buying a Dodge vehicle for Police Vehicles.
        phil
        • 11 Months Ago
        Departments had little choice. When Ford stopped production of The Vic in 2011, The choice was Chevrolet, (Impala wannabe's) or Dodge Charger. The Charger had impressive specs but many departments have reported the, still usual, Chrysler transmission issues. Ford also was bringing out another Police car, (the Taruceptor,) to regain The Police market. That Crown Victoria, and its 4.6 engine, was a proven, very dependable, very successful vehicle. Many ex Vics are Cab cars that are seeing 350,000 miles...and more!
          mitholander
          • 11 Months Ago
          @phil
          My last three cars were Chryslers and I've NEVER had any problems with them at all. Have a 2006 300C and it would leave that Ford in the dust. And get better gas mileage doing it...
      warlock641
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's a great vehicle, when it works!!
      robertfbyrd
      • 11 Months Ago
      our state is mostly Dodge Chargers, one mean cop car.
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