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Police Stock Up On Ford's Discontinued Crown Vic

Originally published on August 24, 2011 6:01 am
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DAVID GREENE, Host:

And out last word in business today is farewell to the Crown Vic.

Ford's spacious Crown Victoria hasn't been available to consumers for years, but it's been a staple for law enforcement. Getting only 16 miles a gallon, though, the iconic police cruiser isn't exactly fuel-efficient, and Ford decided it was time to move on. The Detroit Free Press reports Ford is retiring the big sedan. The company will offer law enforcement a new cruiser based on the Taurus and Ford Explorer. Ford insists the new cars will be as powerful and as roomy as the Crown Vic, but some police departments don't want to take that risk, and so they are stocking up.

In the first seven months of the year, sales of the Crown Vic sped up 64 percent.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, on NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.