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Chicago Bound: City of Chicago Places Order for 500 Ford Police Interceptors
Motor Trend ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Jake Holmes

Posted on 02/25/2012 5:42:32 AM PST by KeyLargo

Chicago Bound: City of Chicago Places Order for 500 Ford Police Interceptors

Written by: Jake Holmes on February 24 2012 1:30 PM

Ford has long cornered the cop-car market with the old Crown Victoria, but now that the aging sedan has been put out to pasture, police departments must find new cruisers. The City of Chicago will continue to use Ford vehicles, and mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that Chicago plans to buy 500 new examples of the Ford Police Interceptor police cars. It’s a fitting choice, given that the vehicles are built just south of the City at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.

Though Chicago has committed to ordering 500 police cars from Ford, the city hasn’t yet determined what proportion of those will be sedan versus Utility models. The Police Interceptor sedan is based on the Ford Taurus, while the Police Interceptor Utility is based on the Explorer crossover. Both of the police cars are upgraded with features like stab-resistant seats, column shifters to make more space for gear in the center console, unique hinges to allow the rear doors to open wider, larger brakes, an enlarged engine radiator, and a heavy-duty alternator.

A Ford spokesman said that over 1200 law-enforcement agencies nationwide have ordered the new Police Interceptor models so far. He noted that the Ford Crown Victoria was America’s dominant police car for over 15 years, until the model was phased out last year.

The Ford Police Interceptor sedan is powered either by a 3.5-liter V-6 with 280 hp, or Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with 365 hp. In recent testing, the Michigan State Police found the EcoBoost-powered sedan could charge to 60 mph (in pursuit of criminals, of course) in as little as 5.92 seconds. The Police Interceptor Utility receives a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated for 300 hp, which the Michigan State Police found could complete the 0-to-60-mph dash in 8.01 seconds.

Both of Ford’s new police cars went into production at the Chicago plant last month, adding over 230 jobs at the plant that already employs 2646 people. The Chicago Assembly Plant also builds civilian versions of the Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer, as well as the Lincoln MKS.

Source: Ford


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: cars; ford; police; rahm
Oh, oh.

Obama will not be pleased with The Rahm Father of Chicago not buying millions of dollars in vehicles from Obama Motors.

"Rahm, about those cars you ordered..."


1 posted on 02/25/2012 5:42:36 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
....It's got a cop motor, a 214 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas.
2 posted on 02/25/2012 5:49:50 AM PST by longjack
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To: KeyLargo

I think Clarkson would call it a rubbish car for a rubbish president.


3 posted on 02/25/2012 5:56:47 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: KeyLargo

Ford? Why not a Chevy Volt?


4 posted on 02/25/2012 5:59:28 AM PST by tje
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To: KeyLargo

TREASON! They should be required to buy 500 Chevy Volt Police Interceptors!


6 posted on 02/25/2012 6:07:46 AM PST by D Rider
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To: KeyLargo
Good job Rahm, on your choice over GM...I guess all politics ARE local.
7 posted on 02/25/2012 6:07:54 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: longjack
"...It's got a cop motor, a 214 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas."

Fix the cigarette lighter.

8 posted on 02/25/2012 6:11:59 AM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: longjack
2013 Ford Police Interceptor
9 posted on 02/25/2012 6:24:40 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: longjack

....It’s got a cop motor, a 214 cubic inch plant, it’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas.


“Fix the cigarette lighter.”


10 posted on 02/25/2012 6:26:53 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: KeyLargo

Your post was sent to my entire mail list ... DAMN that was funny.


11 posted on 02/25/2012 6:27:12 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: KeyLargo
Yesterday, some guy ran a red light And nearly creamed my new truck, But I swerved in time to avoid him.

I yelled, 'Asshole!' Immediately the radio responded with,

Ladies and gentlemen, The President of The United States


12 posted on 02/25/2012 6:30:56 AM PST by WVKayaker (The GOP needs to live the planks of its platform, not just offer lip service. -Sarah Palin 8/2008)
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To: harpu

Feb 24, 2012 DETROIT

UAW President Bob King (right) spoke to a crowd of around 250 auto workers and supporters, praising Obama for his role in the auto bailout.

"UAW President Bob King used call and response to get the crowd cheering, "Thank you President Obama!"

Shouldn't that chant be? - "Thank you taxpayers!"

13 posted on 02/25/2012 6:34:14 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
Chicago Bound
Been there ... done that.

14 posted on 02/25/2012 6:35:11 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: KeyLargo

You can shut the gate on this one, Maxie... it’s the duck’s guts!

She sucks nitro... with Phase 4 heads! 600 horsepower through the wheels! She’s meanness set to music and the bitch is born to run!

....

The last of the V8 Interceptors... a piece of history!


15 posted on 02/25/2012 6:37:34 AM PST by PlateOfShrimp
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To: KeyLargo
Does Gubmint Motors even have an entry in the cop car market? I see a lot of new Chargers in black these days but that's about it, other than the venerable Crown Vic which some departments clearly see no need to replace.
16 posted on 02/25/2012 6:37:45 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: KeyLargo
LOL.Great story.
17 posted on 02/25/2012 6:39:43 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: longjack

Best (and funniest) chase scene ever filmed!


19 posted on 02/25/2012 6:43:51 AM PST by rex regnum insanit (falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus)
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To: tje

Because Emmanuel’s not stupid.


20 posted on 02/25/2012 6:44:18 AM PST by ichabod1
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To: oh8eleven

[Jake and Elwood are arguing about the new Bluesmobile]
Jake: What is this?
Elwood: What?
Jake: This car. This stupid car. Where’s the Cadillac?
[Jake tries to use the car’s lighter, but it does not work; he throws it out the window]
Jake: The Caddy, where’s the Caddy?
Elwood The what?
Jake: The Cadillac we used to have! The Bluesmobile!
Elwood I traded it.
Jake: You traded the Bluesmobile for this?!
Elwood: No ... for a microphone.
Jake: A microphone? [pause] Okay, I can see that. But what the hell is this?
Elwood: This was a bargain. I picked it up at the Mount Prospect City police auction last spring. It’s an old Mount Prospect police car. They were practically giving them away.
Jake: Well thank you, pal. The day I get out of prison, my own brother comes to pick me up in a police car.

[Elwood and Jake stop in front of an opening drawbridge]
Elwood You don’t like it?
Jake: [pause] No, I don’t like it.
[Elwood jumps the car over the bridge]
Jake: [impressed] Car’s got a lot of pickup.
Elwood: It’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters, so it’ll run good on regular gas. What do you say? Is it the new Bluesmobile or what?
[Jake lights his cigarette using his lighter]
Jake: Fix the cigarette lighter.

Elwood: It’s a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.
Jake: Hit it.


21 posted on 02/25/2012 6:45:24 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: D Rider
"TREASON! They should be required to buy 500 Chevy Volt Police Interceptors!"

New York City Going Green: Mayor Bloomberg. 70 Chevy Volts Purchased

22 posted on 02/25/2012 6:53:44 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

“...given that the vehicles are built just south of the City at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.”

The Torrence Avenue Ford assembly plant is entirely within the Chicago city limits.

In fact, when Richie Daley was trying to build a new airport in that area, they essentially gerrymandered the footprint of the proposed airport so that they could keep the plant in operation.

Having destroyed much of the industrial tax base of the city by regulating out of existence three steel mills and much of the heavy manufacturing, figure on the boys in City Hall doing everything they can to keep the Ford plant going.


23 posted on 02/25/2012 7:06:27 AM PST by Stosh
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To: hinckley buzzard
Does Gubmint Motors even have an entry in the cop car market?

A while back, I read that Chevy was bringing over its full-size Australian model, calling it "Impala", and tricking it out for police use. Not sure if that's still true.

24 posted on 02/25/2012 7:14:42 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

The Chevy Caprice Police / Under the hood, GM says the Caprice will have a 6.0-liter LS2 V8 engine rated at an estimated 355 HP and 384 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed auto transmission. Power output compares favorably to the 340 HP HEMI in the Dodge Charger police edition and absolutely blows away the Ford Crown Vic’s 250 HP 4.6-liter V8.

The new Caprice will not replace any current vehicle in the GM police vehicle fleet. Rather, it will join the Chevy Impala and the Chevy Tahoe in the bowtied brand’s marked patrol vehicle lineup as a very high-powered member of GM’s fraternity of police vehicles. http://jalopnik.com/5373645/exclusive-the-chevy-caprice-police-car-is-back


25 posted on 02/25/2012 7:27:28 AM PST by anglian
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To: KeyLargo; grellis

:: the Michigan State Police found the EcoBoost-powered sedan could charge to 60 mph (in pursuit of criminals, of course) in as little as 5.92 seconds. ::

There was a time when MI-SP used Dodge Challengers for their highway interceptors.

I recall cruising I-94 at 70 MPH in a 350 Nova (in the days of Jimmah’s 55 Limit) and getting passed by a Ferrari. Mr. Smokey soon followed and pulling back and “pacing” me, he looks at his speedometer...shakes his head at me and punches his MOPAR 440.

At 70 miles an hour in forward motion, he squeals his tires! My jaw dropped.


26 posted on 02/25/2012 7:48:34 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: KeyLargo
The Ford Police Interceptor sedan is powered either by a 3.5-liter V-6 with 280 hp, or Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with 365 hp.

Even lowly Hyundai now offers a Hi-Po V8 engine pumping 429 horsepower.

Not that any red blooded American wrench turner would be caught dead in one.


27 posted on 02/25/2012 7:49:22 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: PlateOfShrimp

Speed is just a question of money.... How fast do you wanna go?


28 posted on 02/25/2012 7:55:21 AM PST by Illuminatas (Obama - Dumber Than Bush!Toward)
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To: longjack

What size is the doughnut bin?


29 posted on 02/25/2012 8:13:40 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: KeyLargo
455 Rocket by Kathy Mattea.
(The kind the po-lice drive)

Mr Smith had an Oldsmobile,
Baby-blue with wire wheels.
I took her home the day she was advertised.
He said she leaked when it would rain.
Sounded like an aeroplane,
But I knew she was a jewel in disguise.

She had a 455 Rocket,
The biggest block alive.
I couldn't hardly wait just to take my turn.
She was made for the straight-a-ways,
She grew up hatin' Chevrolets.
She's a Rocket,
She was made to burn.

Well, whose junk pile piece of Chevelle is this?
Did you boys come here to race or just kiss?
Hmmm, now don't you wanna know,
What I got underneath my hood?
I know, she might sound like she's missing,
Buddy, she can teach you a lesson,
In just a quarter mile
I'll smoke you good.

In my 455 Rocket.
The kind the police drive.
I couldn't hardly wait just to take my turn.
She was made for the straight-a-ways.
She grew up hating Chevrolets,
She's a Rocket.
She was made to burn.

I'm tellin' you and I ain't ashamed,
I cried when that wrecker came.
As we skid, I thought I heard the angels sing.
Sounded like the Beach Boys.
We hit the curb then began to sail.
Took out most of the safety rail.
Even the cop asked me,
"Man, what'd you have in that thing?"

I had a 455 Rocket,
The very kind you drive.
You wanna' watch yourself when you take that turn.
She was made for the straight-a-ways,
She grew up hatin' Chevrolets.
She's a Rocket.
She was made to burn, burn.

'Cos, she's a Rocket.
She was made to burn.


30 posted on 02/25/2012 8:19:42 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Illuminatas
Speed is just a question of money.... How fast do you wanna go?

Like the old saying - "Nothing beats cubic inches except cubic dollars."


31 posted on 02/25/2012 8:26:55 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: KeyLargo

Dear Ford; cash the check right away.


32 posted on 02/25/2012 8:29:29 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Iron Munro

Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen - Hot Rod Lincoln

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9QpDvhshOQ


33 posted on 02/25/2012 8:30:59 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

But it won’t have that military look the cops favor driving those big SUVs.


34 posted on 02/25/2012 8:32:09 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Right Wing Assault
What size is the doughnut bin?

Fits four fried chickens and a coke.

35 posted on 02/25/2012 8:33:19 AM PST by longjack
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To: Iron Munro

I understand Hyundai is building cars here.


36 posted on 02/25/2012 9:04:34 AM PST by mcshot (What happened to the US flags at the Presidential podium?)
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To: oh8eleven

last time Illinois they replaced their cars they didn’t Dodge each other very well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-XdV7qxIV0&feature=related


37 posted on 02/25/2012 12:27:07 PM PST by rolling_stone
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To: KeyLargo
Where it all started:

Arkie Shibley & The Mountain Dew Boys - Hot Rod Race (1950)


38 posted on 02/25/2012 2:33:24 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: KeyLargo
New York City Going Green: Mayor Bloomberg. 70 Chevy Volts Purchased

Well... at least we have one patriotic American. /s

39 posted on 02/27/2012 6:17:58 PM PST by D Rider
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