But now police agencies all over the country will have some big decisions to make, and plenty of options as they look for replacements. Last October and November, General Motors and Ford both announced plans for all-new police cars that will be "purpose-built" -- that is, specifically designed and built as police cruisers. Today's police cars have been, for the most part, tuned versions of normal street cars.
But Ford and GM aren't the only players. There's also Chrysler and the new Carbon Motors, which has announced it will produce a new purpose-built police cruiser of its own -- which it is currently referring to as the "E7," or more potently as "The Machine" -- starting in 2012.