Ford. Chevy. Ford. Chevy. Ford. Chevy.
The century-long battle for market share and customer loyalty has entered a new phase as a pair of America’s auto giants angle to produce the nation’s next top cop car.
Ford dominated the patrol vehicle market for nearly 20 years with its Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, but competition shifted into overdrive when it phased out the Crown Vic in favor of a revamped 2013 Ford Police Interceptor, a sedan loosely based on the Ford Taurus.
Police agencies around the nation have already started kicking tires, signing contracts and getting the keys for their new wheels. The early results of comparison shopping has seen the Camas Police Department opting for the Ford Interceptor, but the Washington State Patrol getting the rival 2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV.
But which car is better? Representatives from the State Patrol’s District 5 met with Camas police at their headquarters recently for a photo shoot and some car talk. Both the cars and the officers were cleaned and polished.
State Patrol Trooper Jeff Heath pulled into the parking lot and stepped out of his white Caprice, the first marked Caprice issued in District 5. Heath has been with the State Patrol for six years and got his new patrol car in mid-October.