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San Diego’s City Council on February 26 approved an expenditure of $2.1 million to purchase 76 vehicles to replace the San Diego Police Department’s aging fleet of Crown Victoria cruisers.

The new vehicles, at an average cost of just over $27,600, will be Ford Police Interceptor Utility models, based on the Ford Explorer commercial SUV platform. As of 2011 Ford stopped producing the long popular Crown Victoria Police Interceptors that currently make up the bulk of the police fleet in San Diego and elsewhere throughout the country.

The vehicles, which will all be equipped with all-wheel drive, will be added to the fleet in coming months, with more purchases of either the Explorer or Ford Taurus-based police vehicles expected as the iconic Crown Vics age out of service.

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Ponzi Feb. 28, 2013 @ 11:34 a.m.

Such a shame. The keep buying regular passenger cars. They should buy some Carbon E7 true police vehicles. http://www.carbonmotors.com/

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tomjohnston Feb. 28, 2013 @ 5:27 p.m.

In 2009, Carbon said the E7 was to go into production in mid 2012. The last I read, a couple of months ago, was that production is now scheduled to be after the TX7 production run and that doesn't happen until sometime in late 2013. It seems many pd's are trending away from sedans in favor of an suv type platform. Perhaps they should look int the TXZ. With it's base price of around $150k, SDPD could snag about 8 of them. Or they could go the E7 route and in another 24-30 months get about 30 of those.

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Visduh Feb. 28, 2013 @ 8:45 p.m.

I'd heard about those new Police Interceptor models and wondered what they were. Many PD's are now buying the Dodge Charger, which is the next closest thing, they think, to the venerable Crown Vic Police Interceptor. That will take the purchase of cop cars just about full circle. In the 60's, 70's and early 80's, the Dodge Monaco was the preferred cop ride. Chrysler had its 440 Magnum V8 in them, and they could really go. But for some mysterious reason, Dodge stopped making that engine and that model, sometime about thirty years ago. The only really full-size sedan left on the market was the Ford Crown Vic, but it was a lap dog sort of car. Ford made a version of it with some modifications to the suspension and power train that made it halfway acceptable to law enforcement. Again, the reasons for dropping the Crown Vic are unclear, especially since Ford had the cop car market cornered with it, and plenty of the geezer crowd still loved the Crown Vic.

I rather thought that the cop car of choice would emerge as an SUV of some sort. They are high, permit the cops to tuck perps into the backseat with a minimum of fuss, and have a certain sort of rugged demeanor. In some ways, I'm surprised that the PD's haven't already embraced SUV's as the new ride. Now it appears as if the SUV will prevail, unless Dodge Chargers turn out to be the better choice.

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tomjohnston March 1, 2013 @ 12:44 p.m.

Don't forget that the Crown Vic has been a mainstay for taxis for a long time. A couple reasons I can think of for Ford dropping the Crown Vic. They decided to close the plant in Canada where they were being made. One of the reasons for that may be the fact that Crown Vic was really only selling as a fleet vehicle. I think it was sometime in 2008 that it was limited to commercial sales only. According to what someone from Ford said at the time, they thought sales were going to continue to fall because of increasing environmental and mileage requirements. I think emissons and mileage requirements brought about the end of the 440 as well. Not to mention the fact that in 71-72 era it was practically impossible to get insurance for a car with an engine that size and that much HP. And if you could find insurance, it would cost you an arm and both legs. By the time it was disconed in the late 70's it was down to just over 200hp, a far cry from a '71 Cuda 440 6pk that FACTORY rated at 390 hp but in reality was closer to 450hp.

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Visduh March 1, 2013 @ 8:26 p.m.

Hmm. US corporations have been recently pulling out of Canada. The successor to the formerly GM owned Electromotive Division, owned now by Caterpillar, closed its only north American factory for locomotives in London, Ontario and brought its assembly home to the US. In the aftermath of the NAFTA and all the feelgood that went with that, EMD shuttered its US plant in Illinois and had only the Ontario plant left. Just what this may have to do with Ford dumping some of its big selling models--it killed the Lincoln Town Car at the same time--I don't claim to know. But something is going on for these US corporations with plants in Canada. Dropping the venerable Crown Vic and the even more venerable Town Car when they were still selling makes no sense. But who ever claimed that Detroit did anything sensible? If anything, the less logical, the better it was liked by Big Auto.

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