When Ford ceased production of the Crown Victoria at its St. Thomas, Ontario production plant, police departments and taxi fleets everywhere were left without a default vehicle of choice – and Ford was left without a big money-spinner.
But it didn't take long for the company to regain its dominance in the law enforcement field with a series of Police Interceptor vehicles built on both passenger car and SUV platforms.
This week, employees at Troy Design and Manufacturing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, celebrated production of Police Interceptor No. 100,000.
Since 2012, that manufacturing upfit facility has been the single source for what is again America’s bestselling line of law enforcement vehicles.
The operation can build between 600 and 1,200 vehicles a week depending on demand. It takes approximately 5.5 hours for a complete upfit with law enforcement equipment.
Law enforcement agencies can select from more than 125 packages, including different lighting options, wraps and styles. Police Interceptor No. 100,000 will go into service with the Chicago police force later this year.
In 2014, the Ford Police Interceptor was the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in America with a 55% market share.
Production of the new 2016 Police Interceptor Utility, which was revealed at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, begins this summer.