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50Surprise! New York cabbies prefer Crown Vics to hybrids

If it weren't for the somewhat obsessive and frankly narrow-minded love by taxi drivers and police officers for the body-on-frame Ford Crown Victoria, we'd imagine the old Panther platform would have been put out to pasture a very long time ago. As it stands, though, New York cabbies especially seem hell-bent on keeping it around on life support as long as possible.

AddSurprise! New York cabbies prefer Crown Vics to hybrids

If it weren't for the somewhat obsessive and frankly narrow-minded love by taxi drivers and police officers for the body-on-frame Ford Crown Victoria, we'd imagine the old Panther platform would have been put out to pasture a very long time ago. As it stands, though, New York cabbies especially seem hell-bent on keeping it around on life support as long as possible.

43Video: Watch the live reveal of the 2012 Ford Police Interceptor

2012 Ford Police Interceptor reveal – Click above to watch the video

52Source: Next-gen Ford Police Interceptor will debut this Friday in Las Vegas

Hold on to your sap gloves and night sticks – it's that time of the decade! An Autoblog source reveals that Ford is about to release a brand spankin' new Police Interceptor. Not only is this humongous news for our pals in the law enforcement community, but this is 120-point headline font for taxi companies around the country, as they typically buy old Police Interceptors with 90,000 miles on 'em and repurpose them as the cabs we all know and love passing out in. Why? Because Police Interce

71BREAKING: Ford announces it will build all-new Police Interceptor for 2011

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.

51(Black and) Blue Oval: Ford of Canada labor costs reportedly world's highest

it wasn't long ago that U.S. automakers were producing a high percentage of their new products in Canada because labor costs were lower up north than are here in the States. The cost paradigm changed considerably after GM and Chrysler went into Chapter 11 reorganization, as the ailing automakers secured better labor deals with both U.S. and Canadian unions, making the UAW and CAW more competitive versus Japanese automakers.

61REPORT: Ford preparing cops for life after Crown Vic, has police sample Taurus

Quick quiz: What vehicle transported Paris Hilton to prison? If you answered Ford's Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, you took the easy route and you were correct. The older than thou Crown Vic accounts for about 85% of the 75,000 police vehicles sold each year – a market where styling, amenities and new safety features have little to do with the vehicle's success.

31VIDEO: Priceless 1989 Ford dealer training films offer timeless amusement

1989 Ford dealer training clip - click above image to watch the videos

15Ford to shutter Ontario plant sometime in 2010

Despite the lack of a formal announcement (nor any real surprise), the Detroit News has the inside scoop on Ford's plan to close its Ontario plant after production of the Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car ceases, likely by the end of 2010.

45Michigan cops switching to cheaper, more efficient V6 Impalas

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36Spy Shots: Ford Crown Victoria Special Edition, Yay!

Many fans of the Ford Motor Company are longing for some form of the RWD Interceptor concept to become a production reality, and little do they know, such a vehicle is on the way. Well, it's not exactly the Interceptor concept, but spy shots of the 2008 Crown Victoria show that the original Police special will receive the Ford corporate three-bar grille when its refreshed. If the more masculine front clip isn't enough for you to spring for Ford's fleet maestro, then check out the new "special ed

AddAll 2008 Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptors to be E85 compatible

Amid the news that the 2008 Ford Crown Vic has been relegated to fleet vehicle status is word that the 4.6L V8 powering the Police Interceptor will be flexible-fuel compatible, meaning that all the '08-model Crown Victoria cop cars will be able to drink from the E85 pond. This is great for municipalities located in areas where the biofuel is readily available (assuming they buy any of the new cars). In other areas, such as this writer's Northeastern habitat, it probably won't make much of a diff

262008 Ford Crown Victoria to be fleet-only, new features offered for police version

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/design/2008_Ford_Crown_Victoria_relegated_to_fleet_status'; Over at The Blue Oval Forums, the new vehicle inventory manager for Hamden, CT's Bob Thomas Ford posted word that the ordering guide for the '08 Crown Vic came in and the car is now only available to fleets. This is good news for taxi/limo companies, government users and police departments, who are guaranteed at least one more year of the car in its current form. If you wanted to buy an '08, you're outt

25Ford Crown Vic redesign due in 2009, the fuzz is pleased

The Crown Victoria will live! That's the word, according to a recent article in Law and Order magazine, which puts to rest rumors of Ford killing off its body-on-frame, V8-powered, RWD sedan, loved by police and loathed by anyone who's gotten the gumball machine treatment.

17Ford Australia investment could spawn next Crown Vic

As we reported earlier today Ford's Australian arm has announced a big investment that includes aid from the Australian government. It will result in the development of an engineering and design "centre of excellence" for the Asia Pacific and Africa region, as well as new product plans that may, just may produce the next Crown Vic in the U.S.

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