Magazine article Law & Order

The Future of Ford's CVPI

Magazine article Law & Order

The Future of Ford's CVPI

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The most commonly asked question in all of fleet management...What is the future of the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor? Lacking a formal press release from Ford Fleet, the entire police community has been riddled with rumors, speculation, doom, gloom, misinformation and, of course, some intentional misdirection.

It was fairly common knowledge that the CVPI would be produced, with a few upgrades, through the 2008 model year. Yet panic has seemed to set in. After all, the 2006 CVPI has been on the streets for six months, and no one knows anything for sure about a car just two calendar years away. Some fleet managers have even asked Ford if their orders for 2006 CVPIs would be filled! Of course, they will.

Two major hurdles existed...and the CVPI cleared both of them. First, the King of Torts-style, class-action lawsuit against the CVPI had to be won. Based, in part, on testimony from Ford Police Advisory Board members, the hard reality of physics and vehicle engineering, Ford did prevail, even in a corporation-hostile Illinois court. The high-energy, rear crash concerns are a situational hazard for all traffic and patrol officers. Ford's safety upgrades to the CVPI have been very effective. NHTSA has found no defects in the CVPI. The significant class-action lawsuits have been dropped. The CVPI has been exonerated.

The second hurdle was even tougher...Ford's plan for restructuring to regain profitability. Announced in January 2006, some assembly plants were scheduled for closure. The St. …

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