Ford to drop police car production at St. Thomas plant

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DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 28 (UPI) — U.S. auto giant Ford Motor Co. said Friday it would close out production of the Crown Victoria police car from an Ontario, Canada, plant in 2011.

Ford told members of the Canadian Auto union it had no replacement planned for the Crown Victoria, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday.

The St. Thomas Assembly Plant in Ontario also produces Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car models.

Ford spokesman Robert Parker declined to elaborate on the company’s plans for the popular police vehicle. “We expect our plans to be firmed up by the end of the year,” he said.

But Parker said building police cars “is not a business we take lightly.”

“The company is committed to it,” he said.

In the first half of 2009, Crown Victoria sales dropped 30.9 percent to 21,949 compared to the same period of 2008. Ford stopped selling the model to the public in 2007.

Ford did not confirm rumors it would replace the Crown Victoria with a police car based on the Taurus, the newspaper said.

Ford to cops: St. Thomas-built Crown Vic is out

Dearborn — In June, Ford Motor Co. invited the heads of some of the nation’s largest police fleets to Dearborn to talk about the future of police cars.

For nearly two decades, that market has belonged to Ford’s Crown Victoria — a vehicle that departments from coast to coast have come to respect for its toughness and reliability. Now the Crown Vic is running out of road.

“They told us that 2011 would be the last year they build the Crown Vic,” said Larry Tagawa, commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Motor Transport Division. “But Ford also made a commitment to support departments with a new vehicle.”
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