2011 Ford Police Interceptor

1961 Ford Police Interceptor advertisement

Early '50s Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Sedan

Late '50s Plymouth Savoy

Early '60s Ford Galaxie

Early '80s Plymouth Gran Fury

Late '80s Chevrolet Caprice

'90s Chevrolet Caprice

'00s Ford Crown Victoria

2009 Dodge Charger Police package

2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle

The future of the police car?

Ford, which has dominated the police fleet market with its Crown Victoria, announced the replacement for that model. The new Police Interceptor is based on the Ford Taurus, and will be available next year.
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Ford has been using the Police Interceptor model name for decades, as this 1961 advertisement attests. The text of the ad describes a variety of equipment suitable for a patrol car.

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The earliest police cars differed little from the production cars on which they were based, although the police two-way radio had been available from Motorola since 1940.

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By the 1950s, police cars were getting more specialized equipment as automakers grew more competitive in trying to garner law enforcement fleet sales.

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The common body style for the standard police cruiser was, and remains to this day, a four-door sedan.

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By the 1970s, lighting equipment and sirens evolved into an integrated light bar, a modular unit which could easily be fitted to a number of different car models.

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Chevy's Caprice model proved a very popular sedan for police car use due to its workhorse nature. For the same reason, it became a popular car for taxi companies.

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The Caprice enjoyed a long run as a police vehicle, but GM discontinued the model in 1996 due to slow sales.

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With the Chevy Caprice out of the way, the Ford Police Interceptor, based on the Crown Victoria, had no competition, and came to dominate the law enforcement fleet vehicle market.

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Recently, the police vehicle market has been heating up. Dodge introduced this Charger-based police car in 2009.
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GM makes a return to the police car market with a new Caprice Patrol car in 2011. Reviving its rear-wheel-drive architecture, the car will be available with either a V-6 or V-8 engine.
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Police cars have been marked by powerful engines, allowing for the pursuit of suspects, but as communities become more urbanized and oil grows scarce, officers may find themselves patrolling public spaces in electric vehicles.

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