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Ford CVPI Extended Through 2011
Ford Motor Co. and the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) reached an new three-year agreement in early May. This agreement has one very important highlight, some "big news" for law enforcement customers and Ford Government Sales. Production at the St. Thomas (Ontario, Canada) Assembly Plant (STAP) has been extended one year to 2011.
This means that the Crown Vic Police Interceptor will be produced at least through the 2011 model year, including 2009, 2010 and 2011 models. Production on the 2009 model CVPIs started in late July.
Last year, the STAP went to a single shift, five days a week, with continuous operations and is producing Lincoln Town Cars in addition to CVPIs and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans. There is plenty of production at STAP to meet the demands for CVPIs. Our order-to-delivery timing is running about 90 days from dealer order submission to delivery by the company to the dealership.
This also is an exciting time for the Ford Police Advisory Board (PAB). The PAB members are invaluable in providing Ford Motor Co. recommendations for improving current police vehicles and assisting with our future police car plans. The law enforcement industry is very important to Ford Motor Co., and we are committed to supplying police vehicles to this industry.
New for 2009 CVPI
We continue to make improvements to the CVPI, and for the 2009 model year, there are several items. New standard equipment includes power-adjustable pedals and side combo (head / thorax) airbags. Power-adjustable pedals allow drivers to adjust the pedals for their use. As a reminder, the side combo airbags are located in the seat and do not interfere with rear partitions when deployed. The CVPI 4.6L engine is E85 Flexible Fuel capable and now certified for 50 states. The CVPI is the only police car built on a frame and 75-mph rear crash tested.
Also, the 2009 CVPI will have a revised braking system, which will result in shorter stopping distances to an average of almost 10 feet. The friction material does not change. Two other improvements include disabling the confirmation flash with the courtesy lamp (option code 478), and making the deck lid release button operational on the key fob with remote keyless entry (option code 14C).
We will also be turning Vehicle Special Order Options (VSO) into Regular Production Options (RPO), which will make these options easier to order and schedule for production. These options and their new RPO codes are optional chrome grille—66C; rear door locks and handles disabled—67B; spotlight prep with street appearance package—51B and 51Z; front and rear-side moldings not installed (shipped in trunk)—96C.
Expedition and Explorer
The new standard features for the Expedition include E85 Flex Fuel capability, capless fuel system, SOS alarm, and AutoLamp / RainLamp feature. The standard 5.4L 3-valve engine is now E85 capable and 50 states certified for all Expedition and Expedition EL models. This is a new FFV model for 2009.
The capless fuel system is being added to several Ford models for 2009. There is no cap. Just open the fuel door and place the fuel pump nozzle into the capless fuel system. The AutoLamp / RainLamp system will activate the windshield wipers and headlights when it rains. This feature can be inactivated by placing AutoLamp in the off position. Finally, due to a very low take-rate, the front bench seat will no longer be offered.
The special service package for the Explorer is the same for 2009. It is a VSO option, and its order code is “UPM.” The SSP standard features include 750 CCA heavy-duty battery, radio noise suppression package and roof wiring prep package.
F-150 and Escape
The 2009 F-150 SuperCrew XL has new exterior, interior and engine choices. The 5.4L FFV engine is now 50-state certified and available on all F-150 models. It is mated to the new 6-speed automatic transmission and available on the SuperCrew XL. Due to weight reduction and the 6-speed transmission, it is expected that there will be fuel economy improvements for models with the 6-speed transmission. New standard equipment includes AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and side-curtain airbags.
Several new improvements are on the 2009 Escape. They include a new 2.5L I-4 engine that increases horsepower by 10% to 170 hp; a new 3.0L V-6 engine that boosts horsepower by 15% to 230 hp; new front fascia and rear tire spoiler, and the capless fuel system.
We continue to make the Ford products and police models better every year. We are extremely delighted about the CVPI extension and our 2009 police vehicle lineup. The Ford Fleet Customer Information Center phone number is (800) 34-FLEET.
Tony Gratson is the government sales manager with Ford Motor Co. He can be reached at (313) 390-1041 or email@example.com.
Published in Police Fleet Manager, Jul/Aug 2008
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