Tuesday, March 30, 2010

2012 Police Interceptor from the Gresham Ford Fleet Department

How do you top the industry’s leading police car? The Ford Crown Victoria has held that title for 15 years. In 2011 the Crown Victoria will be removed from the line-up of Ford Special Service Vehicles. It will be replaced by the all-new Ford Police Interceptor, engineered to exceed durability, safety and performance over the current Police Interceptor.

The all-new Police Interceptor is designed to handle the rigors of police work, including industry-leading power train, safety and technology innovations. Ford will also add a second Police Interceptor to the lineup, a utility vehicle to provide customers a choice of the best vehicle to suit their needs. Many municipalities have purchased Ford Expedition Special Service Vehicles from Fleet Manager, Annette Wetzel-Ramirez because the vehicle simply meets their needs better than the Crown Victoria.

Many fleets who experimented with the Dodge Charger have found that the vehicle has much higher maintenance costs. For example changing the oil in a CVPI would cost you about $25 however to change the oil in a Hemi powered Dodge Charger the cost is about $75, simply because the Hemi engine uses far more oil. With oil prices increasing many fiscally conscience municipalities are choosing to leave the Dodge Charger behind.

“Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with a purpose-built vehicle – engineered and built in America – that’s as dynamic as it is durable,” said Mark Fields, Ford President of the Americas. Bess Wills, General Manager of Gresham Ford also believes this is the right police vehicle at the right time.

The all new Police Interceptor has truly answered the public sector’s needs. To develop the all-new Police Interceptor, Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with Ford’s Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, which provided input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality. The advisory board uses fleet managers to road test the vehicles performance, look and space inside to make it the best vehicle possible.

Gresham Ford appreciates the focus on safety that Ford provides. Continuing Ford’s safety leadership includes engineering the Police Interceptor to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing. Currently, the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the only pursuit sedan to meet this test. Not Dodge Charger or the Chevy Impala can say that they protect officers like the Ford Crown Victoria has and the New Ford Police Interceptor will. The new 2012 Police Interceptor also features Ford’s exclusive Safety Canopy side-curtain air bag rollover protection system to help protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes. The multiple side-curtain air bags use Ford’s unique Roll Fold technology to help them slip between the occupant and the side window. All of these safety measures are there to keep police officers safe. The increased power and enhanced sophistication have been very impressive. The Gresham Ford Fleet Department is excited to be adding this vehicle to its inventory. Ford’s Police Interceptor engine strategy will provide a V6 lineup that performs equal to or better than V8 engines. The lineup comes with two power train options, allowing police to choose the powerhouse that best meets their patrol requirements.

A highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering at least 263 horsepower and E85 compatibility is 25 percent more efficient than the 4.6-liter Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Plus, an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 ft.-lb. of torque across a broad rpm range. This will help the zero to sixty capacity of the 2012 Police Interceptor. EcoBoost brings municipalities and police fleet administrators the first ultra high-performance, yet environmentally friendly, police pursuit vehicle. Gresham Ford Fleet Department will share the benefits of this technology with the Oregon and Washington municipalities. Offering performance that bests normally aspirated V8 powered police cruisers and comparable fuel economy and CO2 emissions to the standard V6, EcoBoost represents a triple-win for police departments, the tax-paying constituents they serve and the environment they help collectively to preserve. A high-capacity six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission delivers the power of EcoBoost to the road via the sophisticated torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system. This will come in handy for those cities and counties that have lots of muddy roads to cover because no one likes to get stuck in the mud.
     For More Information please contact Annette Wetzel-Ramirez at 503-969-4184 or Annette@GreshamFord.com