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Today [9/15/11], at approximately 12:30PM, the final Ford Crown Victoria to be produced rolled off of the assembly line, and is now heading to its buyer, somewhere in Saudia Arabia. It is indeed a sad day for all car-buffs out there; there really aren't any other sedans with V8s, column-shifters, RWD, and bench seating are still available for purchase in North America today. The end of an era seems to sum it up, and [NYC's] taxi fleets along with police-lots everywhere will never be the same! T.T

http://jalopnik.com/...oria-ever-built

This also brings to an end the Lincoln Town Car (not to mention the already discontinued Mercury Grand Marquis), and the plant at which they were previously produced; the St. Thomas Assembly Plant near Ontario, Canada.

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You would do this. XDDD

I don't know much on cars to really comment I guess, but out with the old, and in with the new!

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You would do this. XDDD

I don't know much on cars to really comment I guess, but out with the old, and in with the new!

[i would, XD]

And I'd have to disagree; the new Taurus seems to be trying to fill the Crown Vic's tires, but it can't match the rear wheel drive, rugged body-on-frame construction, etc. The Vic' was a simple car, and if Ford chose to revamp the platform to make it a bit more efficient, rather than can the entire thing, I think it would've been better in the long run.

If the car was being produced for roughly 32 years then it must've been doing SOMETHING right! :lol:

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The last of the big American barges just went there. I find it a bit sad too, even though I don't have the same relation to it, given I'm from Europe.

For those interested, here's a good article on the Panther platform. http://www.motortrend.com/features/consumer/1109_an_american_icon_ford_panther_platform/

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The last of the big American barges just went there. I find it a bit sad too, even though I don't have the same relation to it, given I'm from Europe.

For those interested, here's a good article on the Panther platform. http://www.motortren...nther_platform/

Thanks for the article, Asper; it was nicely written and paid a fitting tribute! :D

It's a shame though; Ford really had something for awhile, and there was still a market for the automobiles as well. I doubt the Charger, Taurus, or new Caprice will be able to live up to the legacy that the Crown Vics' had on the road, as well as their iconic taxi/police car status. The Town Car just doesn't have a decent replacement for all of the livery markets, ESPECIALLY here in NYC, and the Grand Marquis, while usually reserved for older folks, still held a dignified stance on the road.

North America just doesn't know what it has till' they're gone! :(

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The big issue with these things was their fuel consumption. They're heavy cars, and many of them had large engines.

Fleet vehicles are a large chunk of automotive pollution. I think a move towards more fuel-efficient fleet vehicles is a good thing.

I'm interested in what Carbon Motors is up to for police vehicles. These things are designed from the tires-up to be police vehicles, and are actually diesel-powered (which also means can easily be configured to run on biodiesel). The question is, though, can they actually deliver a product. Being a start-up in this industry has it's barriers.

It'd be nice to see more alternate-energy vehicles in fleet service. Most taxis do not need high-powered engines (despite how crazy cab drivers drive). I would venture to say most police cars do not, either. Yeah, you need some for pursuit situations, but for the everyday beat cop, something that burns less fuel I think is a good thing. Especially considering how much police cars just sit and idle.

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Crown Victorias are borderline ancient, haha. They've been around for as long as I can remember.

Admittedly, it is a bit sad, but then again, less fuel consumption equals better things overall.

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The big issue with these things was their fuel consumption. They're heavy cars, and many of them had large engines.

Fleet vehicles are a large chunk of automotive pollution. I think a move towards more fuel-efficient fleet vehicles is a good thing.

I'm interested in what Carbon Motors is up to for police vehicles. These things are designed from the tires-up to be police vehicles, and are actually diesel-powered (which also means can easily be configured to run on biodiesel). The question is, though, can they actually deliver a product. Being a start-up in this industry has it's barriers.

It'd be nice to see more alternate-energy vehicles in fleet service. Most taxis do not need high-powered engines (despite how crazy cab drivers drive). I would venture to say most police cars do not, either. Yeah, you need some for pursuit situations, but for the everyday beat cop, something that burns less fuel I think is a good thing. Especially considering how much police cars just sit and idle.

It is indeed a fact that the Crown Victoria and its siblings were less-than-stellar when it came to the fuel department, but these costs were recouped in other areas; because of the body-on-frame construction, repair was less costly and easier. And with standardized parts for nearly its entire run, replacement wasn't a problem. Reliability was good also. That said, I also look forward to the E7, though the only problems I can foresee is reliability and cost issues; the purpose-built ideology is great if they can manage to get the price down to match other options.

Crown Victorias are borderline ancient, haha. They've been around for as long as I can remember.

Admittedly, it is a bit sad, but then again, less fuel consumption equals better things overall.

Rather than closing the plant, discontinuing the cars, and pushing the Taurus and Transit-Connect into circumstances they weren't first designed for, if Ford took the time to retool the platform they would've been good to go. Maybe even downsizing the engine, adding a diesel option, etc. I just don't see how they could've killed the platform when a definitive replacement has yet to show.

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Apologies for the double post, but there is at least some good news! ^_^

The last Crown Victoria to roll off of the line will not be re-sold once it reaches Saudi-Arabia; the buyer is putting it in a private showroom for preservation. :D

http://jalopnik.com/5844442/

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