Just as rust never sleeps, so must old Fords find their way home, even in the case of the Dearborn automakerâ€™s longstanding and virtually complete monopoly of the police cruiser business. â€˜Tis a sad day, but one long in coming: According to the Detroit Free Press in an article on August 25, the â€˜Vic is retiring, and in its place Ford will customize a Taurus (Taurus!) to sell to police departments.
You can bet more than a few automakers are giddy in anticipation of stealing some small but important business from Ford. Even though itâ€™s a small volume, automakers make up the difference in whiz-bang technology not, um, available to the unwashed masses. Just remember, though, that this ainâ€™t NASCAR so donâ€™t expect to get nabbed by a Camry. And youâ€™re probably not going to get pulled over by, say, a Golf with a cherry on top. Chrysler has an answer, however, Â in the guise of the super-cool and nasty Charger Pursuit.
I can tell you from personal experience that getting lit up by a Charger is really not much different than a Crown Victoria. And certainly not any more fun.
Read more at the Detroit Free Press and then come back and tell me what you think: If you were the Dukes of Hazard – or OJ Simpson — would you rather be chased by a Crown Vic, a Charger or Caprice?