About two months, FoMoCo invited the leaders of some of the nation’s largest police fleets to Dearborn to tell them that the Crown Victoria will be discontinued after 2011.
“But Ford also made a commitment to support departments with a new vehicle” said Larry Tagawa, commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Motor Transport Division.
After a little meet and greet, Ford took the group out to its test track and handed them the keys to the 2010 Ford Taurus. Many would be glad to get rid of their Crown Vics for Ford’s new Taurus. It looks better, gets better gas mileage and it’s faster and safer.
However, the new Taurus lacks some features that the police have come to love in their current cruisers. For nearly 20 years now, the Crown Victoria has become popular with police departments around the nation for its reliability, toughness and utility.
Nonetheless, Ford has no intention of walking away from its share of the market said Jim Farley, head of global sales, marketing and service. “We’ve got some big decisions to make, and we’re making them,” he said.
As mentioned earlier, we just picked up the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO for our Weekly Test-Drive this week. Coincidentally, the only thing we kept talking about while taking our first ride in the car was that it would be the perfect cop car. What are your thoughts? Have your say in the comments section below.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit News