According to Ford, these vehicles will be purpose-built for police use and are the result of 14 months of research into the vehicle’s safety, performance, durability, driver convenience and comfort.
“We have heard the repeated requests from the law enforcement community to continue uninterrupted support of the law enforcement community,” Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas said in a release. “Ford is answering the call with the new Police Interceptor – engineered and built in America.”
Of course, absolutely no technical detail has been yet released by Ford. The carmaker however says it will make public the specs of the Interceptor in the early months of 2010, to give time to “law enforcement agencies, police equipment manufacturers and upfitters to develop a transition plan from the Crown Victoria to the new product.“
“Ford’s commitment to the law enforcement community produced the Crown Victoria, the benchmark police vehicle,” Lt. Brian Moran, fleet manager, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a member of Ford’s Police Advisory Board added.
“This commitment has continued, and Ford has been working closely with the Police Advisory Board on developing the new Police Interceptor. I am confident that the next-generation Ford police vehicle will meet the future needs of the law enforcement community and will set the new standard.”
The new Interceptor is Ford’s response to the so far only hinted success of the Carbon Motors’ E7 purpose built police car.
To make the long story short, Carbon says it has some 10,000 orders for the E7. Ford on the other hand, is market leader in the law enforcement vehicle segment, selling no less than 45,000 of the 60,000 police vehicles sold each year.