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It Makes Sense That The Ford Explorer Is The Best-Selling Police Car

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It Makes Sense That The Ford Explorer Is The Best-Selling Police Car

It’s not a huge surprise Ford has kept most of the police car market even after the Crown Victoria was discontinued. But what looked like the heir apparent, the Taurus in a police uniform, is being outsold by the Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. America loves its SUVs.

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March 24th, 2014

Ford Explorer is America’s new favorite police car

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There is a new vehicle that you should keep an eye out for when you’re going a little too fast down the Interstate. Ford’s Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility was the bestselling new law enforcement model in the country last year, and signs show that won’t be changing anytime soon.

Ford sold 14,086 Interceptor Utilities in 2013, up 140% from the year before, and 10,897 Interceptor Sedans, up 31%, according to USA Today. Overall, the brand’s police sales were up 48 percent, and they were enough to boost the company’s law enforcement vehicle market share by 9 points to nearly 50 percent.

The success comes just a few years after it made the decision to finally retire the long-serving Crown Victoria-based cruiser for two more modern vehicles. “We had to reinvent the category,” said Chris Terry of Ford Communications to Autoblog. The automaker had to convince police departments that a unibody chassis without a V8 could perform better than a model that had been a law enforcement staple for years.

The keys to the transition have been the Utility’s space, performance and standard all-wheel drive. The truck’s extra storage space has been welcomed by officers who are being asked to be first responders in many situations, and the EcoBoost version has been the fastest in its class the last three years of testing by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department. Plus, even in places that don’t experience much inclement weather, the added traction from AWD is an advantage.

According to Terry, when Ford introduced the new emergency vehicles, it expected sales to be split roughly 50-50 between the Explorer and Taurus. But at times it “has run as high 70 percent Utility.” The company appears to have read the market well. As more law enforcement agencies drop their aging Crown Vics, the Blue Oval has replacements at the ready.

Ford Explorer is America’s new favorite police car originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 24th, 2014

Ford Explorer is America’s new favorite police car

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Ford Police Interceptor Utility

There is a new vehicle that you should keep an eye out for when you’re going a little too fast down the Interstate. Ford’s Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility was the bestselling new law enforcement model in the country last year, and signs show that won’t be changing anytime soon.

Ford sold 14,086 Interceptor Utilities in 2013, up 140% from the year before, and 10,897 Interceptor Sedans, up 31%, according to USA Today. Overall, the brand’s police sales were up 48 percent, and they were enough to boost the company’s law enforcement vehicle market share by 9 points to nearly 50 percent.

The success comes just a few years after it made the decision to finally retire the long-serving Crown Victoria-based cruiser for two more modern vehicles. “We had to reinvent the category,” said Chris Terry of Ford Communications to Autoblog. The automaker had to convince police departments that a unibody chassis without a V8 could perform better than a model that had been a law enforcement staple for years.

The keys to the transition have been the Utility’s space, performance and standard all-wheel drive. The truck’s extra storage space has been welcomed by officers who are being asked to be first responders in many situations, and the EcoBoost version has been the fastest in its class the last three years of testing by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department. Plus, even in places that don’t experience much inclement weather, the added traction from AWD is an advantage.

According to Terry, when Ford introduced the new emergency vehicles, it expected sales to be split roughly 50-50 between the Explorer and Taurus. But at times it “has run as high 70 percent Utility.” The company appears to have read the market well. As more law enforcement agencies drop their aging Crown Vics, the Blue Oval has replacements at the ready.

Ford Explorer is America’s new favorite police car originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 24th, 2014

Official: Ford Police Interceptors win acceleration war against Dodge, Chevy

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Just last month, Ford announced its first-ever non-pursuit-rated version of the Police Interceptor sedan for agencies looking to maximize fuel economy, but that doesn’t mean that Ford is giving up on chasing down the bad guys. While the Dodge Charger can lay claim to the fastest lap time at the Grattan Raceway test facility held by the Michigan State Police, the results are now in for the Police Vehicle Evaluation acceleration tests. And Ford’s Police Interceptor duo (sedan and utility) came out on top.

In the acceleration tests, Ford says that the Taurus-based PI Sedan with the newly available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 was the quickest among prospective police cars in both 0-60 and 0-100 mile per hour times. The sedan posted its best 0-60 time of 5.66 seconds, besting V8-powered competitors like the Chevy Caprice and Dodge Charger by more than 0.3 seconds. In the 0-100 test, Ford opens the gap further taking 13.5 seconds compared to the Chevy’s time of 14.35 and the Dodge’s time of 14.57.

As for utility vehicles, the Explorer-based PI Utility, which accounts for 60 percent of Ford’s police vehicle sales, essentially went head-to-head with the V8-powered Chevy Tahoe with similar results. Equipped with the new EcoBoost engine option, this big SUV hit 60 mph in just 6.28 seconds and 100 mph in 15.51 seconds compared to times of 8.22 seconds and 21.95 seconds, respectively, for the Tahoe. Other important tests in the PVE include braking and top speed, but while no automakers have stepped up to boast about their numbers in either of these categories, Ford’s images show that the V8 Caprice had the highest top speed of the cars at 155 mph while the Tahoe’s 139-mph speed made it the fastest utility vehicle.

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Ford Police Interceptors win acceleration war against Dodge, Chevy originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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October 16th, 2013

Official: Ford’s Explorer-based Police Interceptor to get 365-hp EcoBoost option

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Speeders beware, the police are going to be getting quite a bit faster. Ford has just announced that it will be offering its 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged, EcoBoost V6 in the Explorer Police Interceptor. The new engine will be joining the existing 3.7-liter V6. The 365-horsepower, 350-pound-foot mill should be familiar to consumers as the powerplant that’s found in the Ford Taurus SHO (and its LEO equivalent, the Taurus Police Interceptor) and the Ford Explorer Sport. It should also provide quite a kick in the pants to officers used to the naturally aspirated 3.7 and its 304 ponies and 279 pound-feet of torque.

The move to the more potent powerplant was born out of all the equipment officers need to carry on a day-to-day basis. These days, there’s so much stuff that police need on a regular basis, that there’s a genuine market for a faster Police Interceptor Utility, as it’s known officially. The Explorer-based cruiser has already accounted for 68 percent of Ford’s LEO sales thus far in 2014, and that’s with just the 3.7, and we’d only expect that number to increase once the twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V6 is available. Ford won’t offer up any indication of what the take rate will be on the new engine, but we’re guessing it’ll be fairly high.

The success of the Explorer PI couldn’t have come at a better time for Ford. The decision to end Crown Victoria production was not a popular one with police, and combined with Chevrolet and Dodge diving into the LEO market feet first, Ford hasn’t been performing as well as it’s wanted to. The Explorer has been helping it turn around, though. And with the inclusion of the EcoBoost, Ford also has a legit competitor for the Chevrolet Tahoe on the big utility side of the police market.

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Ford’s Explorer-based Police Interceptor to get 365-hp EcoBoost option originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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August 20th, 2013

Official: Ford Police Interceptor vehicles pacing NASCAR races in Miami

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Oh, how far things have come. NASCAR, as you may have heard, traces its roots back to moonshiners trying to outrun police cars. Now it’ll be the stock cars chasing after the police when NASCAR rounds out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The vehicles in question are Ford‘s latest “purpose-built” Police Interceptors – the Taurus-based sedan and Explorer-based utility – which Dearborn rolled out last year to replace the old-school Crown Victoria-based squad cars patrolling America’s highways and city streets. The pair have been selected, much to the anticipated delight of race-loving cops, to serve as the pace cars for the upcoming Ford Championship Weekend, where all three of NASCAR’s major series – Camping World trucks, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup – wrap up their seasons.

It’s not the first time, of course, that Fords have been used as pace cars in NASCAR – far from it – but while the Focus, Explorer, Fusion Hybrid and Mustang GT have all taken their turn recently as what they’d call “safety cars” overseas, this is the first time in the many years of leading the field in law enforcement vehicles that Ford will use its cop cars for the task.

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Ford Police Interceptor vehicles pacing NASCAR races in Miami originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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November 9th, 2011
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