First appeared in USA Today
Get used to searching your rear-view mirror for the telltale headlights of a 2013 Ford Taurus: The first Police Interceptor is being delivered today as more departments order them.
The latest police agency to choose the Taurus over the Chevrolet Caprice or Dodge Charger is the Chicago Police Department, which is taking a mix of the Taurus version and Ford Explorer SUV version. It ordered 500 total; the mix is yet to be disclosed.
No surprise that Chicago would pick Ford: The plant that makes the Taurus version of the Police Interceptor is in the Windy City. Another 1,200 smaller police agencies have placed orders for cars as well, and the first one went out the door today.
"We are pleased and proud Chicago has decided to purchase Ford's Police Interceptor vehicles," said Ken Czubay, a Ford vice president. "Ford has been the police pursuit vehicle market leader for 15 years, and we know these all-new vehicles can handle the rigors of police work."
The Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicles started production at the company's Chicago Assembly Plant last month. It added 230 jobs at the Torrence Avenue plant.
Ford's new police car replaces the venerable Crown Victoria, which stopped production last year. The Crown Victoria was loved as a big, heavy, rear-wheel drive. Taurus has gas-saving turbocharging in the police version, but is front-wheel drive, which some departments may resist compared with the rear-drive Chevrolet Caprice, which is imported from Australia.