Ford Motor Co. said Friday it plans to sell a new police cruiser vehicle to replace its Crown Victoria “Police Interceptor” once the sedan is phased out of production in 2011.
the Ford Police Interceptor — will be based on the new 2010 Taurus platform, according to people familiar with the situation. However, it will be significantly reworked to meet the unique needs of law enforcement, Ford said.
“We have heard the repeated requests from the law enforcement community to continue uninterrupted support of the law enforcement community,” said Ford Americas President Mark Fields. “Ford is answering the call with the new Police Interceptor — engineered and built in America.”
Ford is the market leader in the law enforcement vehicle segment, selling around 45,000 of the 60,000 police vehicles sold in each year in the U.S.
Ford confirmed that the new Police Interceptor will be offered without interruption when production of the Ford Crown Victoria ends in late 2011.
Full vehicle specifications for the new model would be revealed in the first quarter of 2010, giving time for development of transition plan from the Crown Victoria to the new product, for the law enforcement agencies, police equipment manufacturers and upfitters.