In 1899, when most police fleets consisted of bicycles and horses, the Akron (Ohio) Police Department decided to break out of the ordinary and got the very first motorized police cruiser. Although it was technically an electric buggy equipped with lights and a gong, it paved the road for a new type of vehicles: the police interceptor. Today we’re all familiar with the iconic Ford Crown Victoria of the late 90’s, which was the most popular choice among police departments and cab companies across the U.S. However, after a very successful nine year run, Ford ceased production of the interceptor in 2011. Based on a fuel-hungry V8 engine and a heavy large frame, the Crown Victoria wasn’t exactly the most fuel efficient car out there.
Ford started offering two new options in 2011: a leaner and meaner interceptor sedan and a high performance SUV, based on the Taurus and Explorer models respectively. After only two years, these new options proved to be a success and Ford’s new police vehicles now account for almost 50% share in this segment.
Ford’s latest models were first met with skepticism, since they were a big departure from the oversized frame of the Crown Victoria. The SUV turned out to be just what police officers were looking for, as it allows them to carry more equipment without sacrificing fuel economy. Both models come with standard all-wheel-drive and EcoBoost engines, improved acceleration and better handling. Thanks to the new improvements, police departments across the U.S. can enjoy improved fuel efficiency and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As the role of police officers changes, so will the future cop cars. Ford continues to innovate and bring breakthrough products across all segments, including public safety.
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