- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2009

Ford Motor Co. says it will produce an all-new Police Interceptor - designed and engineered to replace the Ford Crown Victoria law enforcement vehicle lineup - in 2011.

The Interceptor is being developed in conjunction with Ford’s Police Advisory Board, which provided input during the past 14 months on key vehicle attributes, such as safety, performance, durability, driver convenience and comfort. The Interceptor will be offered without interruption when production of the Crown Victoria ends in late 2011.

“We have heard the repeated requests from the law enforcement community to continue uninterrupted support of the law enforcement community,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas. “Ford is answering the call with the new Police Interceptor - engineered and built in America.”

Ford, which currently controls about 75 percent of the police pursuit-vehicle business in the U.S., has invested significantly in designing the purpose-built new police and municipal vehicles to meet the needs of these crucial customers.

The new Interceptor is designed to provide municipalities with reduced ownership costs through improved fuel efficiency, quality and the kind of durability police departments nationwide have come to expect.

“Ford’s commitment to the law enforcement community produced the Crown Victoria, the benchmark police vehicle,” said Lt. Brian Moran, fleet manager, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a member of Ford’s Police Advisory Board. “This commitment has continued, and Ford has been working closely with the Police Advisory Board on developing the new Police Interceptor. I am confident that the next-generation Ford police vehicle will meet the future needs of the law enforcement community and will set the new standard.”

Ford plans to reveal the new model and provide full vehicle specifications in the first quarter of 2010 - in time for law enforcement agencies, police equipment manufacturers and upfitters to develop a transition plan from the Crown Victoria to the new product.

Each year, Ford sells approximately 45,000 police vehicles, making the Blue Oval the nation’s largest provider of police and municipal vehicles.

“Ford long has supported our public servants with vehicles that work as hard as they do,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president of marketing, sales and service. “We intend to build on this legacy with a new generation of municipal and police vehicles that set even higher standards.”

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