It's the end of the road for The Ford Crown Victoria, the venerable mainstay of taxi and police fleets throughout the country. In less than one year the Ford Motor Company, which began manufacturing law enforcement vehicles in 1950, will shutter the Canadian plant where recent iterations of the distinctive and ubiquitous law enforcement vehicle have been manufactured since 1992.
But it's not as if the model's demise has taken local police departments by surprise: "We've known for about a year that the 'Vic' was ceasing production," said Lt. Don Wakeman of the Wilton police department.
Does that mean we will be seeing more fuel-efficient, hybrid or even fully electric vehicles added to the force as the older vehicles are replaced? Not exactly: the Wilton fleet will be replaced by a model known as the Police Interceptor, which sounds much more Starsky and Hutch than it does Larry David.
Ford also manufactures the new models, which will offer enhanced safety features such as chassis with reinforced trusses and protective ballistic door panels.
Better safe than sorry.