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Dubai Police Add Serious Speed with New Veyron

Department boasts $6 million-plus supercar fleet.

by on Jun.06, 2014

The Dubai Police Department recently added a new $1.6 million Bugatti Veyron to its fleet of supercars.

The initial thought upon hearing that the Dubai police force adding a $1.6 million Bugatti Veyron to its fleet is, “Guess there are no speeders there!”

The department recently added the supercar capable of going from stop to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and tops out at nearly 270 mph to its fleet of supercars.

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Yes…they have a fleet. (more…)

Ford Police Interceptor Cuffs the Top Spot

Maker accounts for nearly half the sales in the segment.

by on Mar.24, 2014

Many might think the Los Angeles PD may have the best police car ever in this Lamborghini Gallardo, but the department uses it only for promotional purposes.

The demise of the large, rear-wheel drive sedan has forced police departments and other law enforcement agencies to experiment with other vehicles to replace the workhorses.

Chevy and Dodge have provided a variety of options to officers, including Chevy Tahoes, Caprices and even Camaros. Dodge converts the Charger into a police car and the Jeep Cherokee has also been used in the past.


One company, Carbon Motors, even showed departments across the U.S. a purpose-built police car. The company ordered 240,000 engines from BMW for the car, but by the end of last year, the enterprise was dead without one car delivered. (more…)

Mercedes Meets BladeRunner with Ener-G-Force

Germans come up with patrol car for 2025.

by on Nov.16, 2012

Mercedes envisions the patrol car of 2025.

We’re not sure if it’s more like something you’d see in Mad Max or BladeRunner, but the folks At Mercedes-Benz have come up with what they’re billing as the police car of 2025, featuring an almost military-style remake of the latest Benz G-Class dubbed the Ener-G-Force.

It isn’t that much of a stretch, in fact, considering the military heritage of the original Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen. The project was, in fact, commissioned as part of the LA Design Challenge, an annual shoot-out among designers both student and professional, sponsored by the Los Angeles Auto Show – which will display the winner and five runners-up later this month.

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This year’s challenge was to come up with the “Highway Patrol Vehicle of 2025,” and participants were advised to consider that “Law enforcement will have to prepare for even more crowded roads with electronically monitored and guided traffic, a much larger population and changes in human behavior. People will still feel young and active even later in life. Outdoor activities will dominate leisure, as will the desire for freedom and adventure.


Ford Unveils Police Interceptor Stealth Concept At SEMA

Inspired by SR-71 Blackbird.

by on Nov.01, 2010

Influenced by the SR-71 Blackbird, the Ford Stealth Police Interceptor concept.

Any resemblance to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane is purely intentional, says Ford designer Melvin Betancourt, of the new Ford Police Interceptor Stealth Concept, which will make its debut at the SEMA show, later this week.

The police car business was thrown up in the air by Ford’s long-overdue decision to finally pull the plug on its aging Crown Victoria, the rear-drive sedan of choice for most law enforcement duties.  All three of the Detroit makers have been struggling to fill the cop car vacuum, along with industry newcomer Carbon Motors, which is developing a ground up police car to be powered by a BMW diesel engine.

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Ford, in particular, has shown off two optional alternatives to the old Crown Vic cruiser, including both a converted Taurus and a specially-updated version of the all-new 2011 Explorer SUV.  But the Ford Police Interceptor Stealth Concept is designed for more limited, if more demanding duties.

This Taurus-based model is designed to lie in wait, concealed by its black paint, tinted windows, darkened mesh grille, black trim and even blacked-out tailpipes, ready to swoop down on miscreants.  (Which is likely to give nervous shivers to most of the folks touring the 2010 SEMA show, an annual Las Vegas event that has traditionally specialized in performance parts and components.)


Playing Coy In The Police Car Niche Market

by on Aug.26, 2010

The Caprice has a larger body, longer wheelbase than the terminated Pontiac G8 from Down Under.

The police car market in the United States amounts to around 75,000 units a year, and Ford’s Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, CVPI, the mainstay of police fleets for years, has managed to command 60% or more of that market since Chevrolet ended domestic rear-wheel drive car production in Texas 15 years ago.

Dodge has been nibbling away in the market for the last five years with a smaller, less costly and perhaps more fuel-thrifty Charger V8 entry, while Chevy has had fair luck with its also smaller V6 Impala.

The CVPI has been a holdout of what some critics call dated design – a rear-wheel-drive V8 with the body bolted to a separate frame.

This year, knowing that CVPI production ends in another 12 months, Ford, Chevy and Dodge are each scrambling for this market niche, a scramble that doesn’t make any obvious financial sense in a town where money is tight, but could make sense from an image point of view. But let’s put the money angle aside for the moment, and come back to image later.

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Ford is defending its turf for 2012 with an extensive battle-proofing makeover of the front-drive V6 Taurus sedan, called the Ford Police Interceptor. With Crown Vic sedans limited the last few years to taxi and police customers, Taurus has become the top of the Ford passenger car line, what people might consider a near-luxury car.


New Police Cars on the Horizon

Ford’s panther platform police cars are soon to be extinct.

by on May.25, 2010

Without a civilian market afterlife value, the value of a reborn Caprice is substantially less.

Unfamiliar-appearing taxicabs won’t be the only new look on American streets in a couple of years. Police sedans too will be all different as Ford’s venerable Crown Victoria Police Interceptors (CVPIs) are retired.

The giant change is triggered by Ford’s decision to close its St. Thomas, Ontario, assembly plant in September 2011, ending the production of its “Panther” family of large rear-drive sedans – sold as the Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car- after a remarkable run of 33 years.

At a recent meeting of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) in Detroit, Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge revealed details of future police cars.

The biggest news was the revelation that Chevrolet plans to import an all-new Caprice rear-drive V8 model from Australia, supposedly just  for police use. In case you were wondering, the 2012 Caprice PPV is not a Chevy-badged version of the well-received, but poor selling,  Pontiac G8 that was discontinued when General Motors shut down Pontiac last year.

This new Caprice has a different, longer body than the G8, mounted on a 118.5-inch wheelbase, versus the G8’s 114.8. Overall length will be 204.2 inches, eight inches longer than the G8, while width is the same and overall height, an inch more. Moreover, the engine is a 6-liter V8 with a claimed 355 horsepower.

The Chevy rep at the NAHA meeting maintained that GM has no plans to offer a civilian version of this car in the U. S., although it is clearly based on a civilian Holden model from Down Under.


Will Your Taxi Of The Future Be Yellow or Green?

Bye, bye Crown Victoria. Hello hybrids.

by on May.17, 2010

it's the end of the line for this traditional six-passenger American sedan.

In a recent posting on Green Cabs, I promised a follow up on the radical changes in American cities’ street scenes that are coming.

For more than three decades, the taxi market has been dominated by the “full-sized” Ford Crown Victoria, with its V8 engine, rear-wheel-drive and heavy-duty frame mounted underneath. Attesting to Crown Vics “bullet- proof” reliability reputation most of those in service are former police cruisers, disposed of by the cops when they felt their service life was over (or when the agency’s budget permitted).

Both taxi and police fleet managers are familiar with these cars and experienced in maintaining them. In one state where the attorney general banded together with plaintiff lawyers for an ill-fated attempted shakedown of Ford on alleged safety issues, the state police defied the AG. Indeed, when Crown Vic Police Interceptors have outlived their taxi second life, their reputation is such, according to a West Coast fleet administrator, that they may be exported to other countries for continued service in either taxi or police fleets.

I do not know about cars having nine lives, but three lives are certainly beyond expectations.

However, this is all coming to an end. Ford has announced that it will permanently close its St. Thomas, Ontario, assembly plant in September 2011, ending production of the Crown Vic (which has been sold only to police and taxi fleet sales for several years). This also means the demise as well as of the Mercury Grand Marquis favored by retirees and the Lincoln Town Car that forms the basis of most limo fleets and executive cars.