The Michigan State Police ran its annual battery of tests for police vehicles earlier last week, focusing on performance, handling, ergonomics, and interior space. This year’s test is a big deal, since Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors each showed new police vehicles. In addition, Ford has announced the police favorite, the Crown Victoria, will be retired in 2011. The preliminary test results have been released and General Motors decided to toot their horn with the new Caprice PPV.
“Law enforcement testing finds the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) is faster from zero to 60 and zero to 100 miles per hour, achieves a higher top speed and stops in a shorter distance than its competitors from Ford and Dodge.”
Okay, so far so good. But here comes the next paragraph: “The performance testing against the 2011 Dodge Charger Police Pursuit police car and the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.”
Wait, where is the new Ford (Taurus) Police Interceptor? Wasn’t it also in the tests? Well, yes, it was… but GM decided to omit its presence from their press release. How come? Well, the Ford (Taurus) Police Interceptor model present at the tests was a prototype and not an official production vehicle. As such, GM can say that Ford’s newest offering doesn’t count since production isn’t slated to begin until 2012. We have to see what the court of GM Authority thinks about this and will discuss it on this week’s GM Authority Weekly podcast.
Source: GM, Jalopnik