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Ford Explorer Becomes America’s Best-Selling Police Vehicle

The Ford Explored-based Police Interceptor utility was the best-selling police vehicle in the United States last year, the Detroit-headquartered automaker revealed earlier this week.
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Sales of the police SUV rose no less than 140 percent in 2013, when Ford delivered 14,086 Interceptor Utilities. Overall, the Blue Oval’s police vehicle sales increased 48 percent, compared to the industry’s 22 percent, gaining 9 points of market share for a nearly 50 percent high.

“We revolutionized our police vehicle lineup with three key changes that differentiate us from the competition,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, police marketing manager at Ford.

“The new utility vehicle body style meets officers’ growing storage needs; standard all-wheel drive for most models is an industry-first that provides greater mobility and security; plus, expanding the range of EcoBoost engines gives law enforcement agencies more options to suit their needs.”

The Explorer-based police SUV can be equipped with either a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine or the newer 3.6-liter EcoBoost V6 units. The latter, also available in the Taurus Interceptor sedan, generates 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

In recent Los Angeles Sheriff Department testing at Fontana Raceway, the Ford Explorer outgunned the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV in 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph acceleration, as well as average lap times around the course.

Story via USAToday

 
 
 
 
 

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