Crown Vic Police Car Gets Stay of Execution
First the Ranger gets a new lease on life and now the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor follows suit. According to a Ford-issued memorandum via its "Government Sales Manager", the loyal soldier that's financed Dearborn's D3-bodied crater is confirmed for production until 2011. According to the release (via Police Fleet Manager ) the "new" Interceptor gets standard power adjustable pedals and seat-mounted head airbags. Looks like Ford found a way around the curtain airbags, keeping bad guys locked away in the back seat with the cop's noggin still protected in a side impact or rollover. Besides getting the ancient Panther Platform to comply with the mandatory head protection requirements, maybe Mullaly and Co. actually believe in process improvement. Or not. Our own RobertSD knows the way Fordward is with a new global RWD platform now set for a 2012 release. For its sake, it better be a brick shithouse, cause its got some mighty big shoes to fill.
The CVPI is a legendary car in the most unusual fashion. It's not respected as a BMW M, or a Ferrari would be, but as a loyal companion. Its the modern equivalent of the relationship between a cowboy and his horse.
I've owned four recently, and now have two, an '08 GMQ and an '04 Town Car. They are great cars. Not perfect, by any means, but there is something about them you don't get anywhere else, especially for the money. There is something about a simply designed, BOF, RWD V8. . .