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July 24, 2017

Ford Delivers Another ‘Pursuit Ranked’ Vehicle into Law Enforcement (*********************).

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()Ford recently started giving law enforcement agencies greater choices concerning the kind of cars they would like to enter active duty. The business has moved to some fleet of sedans, SUVs, and pickups outfitted for police use and supplied the Crown Victoria, America pursuit vehicle, for years.   Earlier this season, Ford highlighted the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan as a part of its Greener Shade of Blue effort — dubbing it the “initial pursuit-rated hybrid car”

()We chased Ford because of its Travels, largely since Chevrolet already supplied a hybrid police car and there wasn’t any concrete proof   the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan was really pursuit-rated. Regrettably, we might be  compelled to do this all over again using Ford’s new F-150 Authorities Responder pickup. It is another welcome that is brand new, entrance to the comprehensive law enforcement fleet of the automaker which renders us questioning the legitimacy of the language.

When enquiring about the Hybrid Sedan’s worthiness of being considered a pursuit vehicle, Lt. Michael McCarthy, from the Michigan State Police’s Precision Driving Unit, stated he wished to reserve all formal judgements until after the car had undergone the department’s rigorous yearly testing at Grattan Raceway.

ford f-150 police responder

As anyone with a sincere interest in squad cars will inform you, manufacturers (and practically every police department in North America) look to the MSP to give useful benchmarks for the capabilities of vehicles outfitted for law enforcement.

“Ford has a Police Advisory Board which is made up of approximately 25 members from police agencies around the country and Canada,” Lt. McCarthy explained. “Many of the proposals which were made at these meetings are incorporated in their police vehicles. The Board meets 2-4 times each year and puts the members in direct contact with the engineers making their vehicles.”

The Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s also supply the purchasing specifications and testing criteria required to develop the things that they consider a pursuit-rated motor vehicle. It is not unreasonable to assume the terms while automakers can call the models whatever they want. “Our purchasing spec states that [a pursuit vehicle] must accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.0 seconds, 0-80 mph in 14.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 24.6 seconds, and attain a top speed of 120 mph — minimum,” McCarthy told us.

While there’s not much doubt the F-150 Police Responder’s 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost can hit the majority of these guidelines, especially with 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque on tap, Ford indicates it is limited to 100 mph. On the other hand, the automaker is still calling the pickup “pursuit-rated.”

“Ford’s 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the best all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” explained Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand advertising manager, in a release. “Aside from its industry-first on-road pursuit capability, this purpose-built pickup can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff’s departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources.”

ford f-150 police responder

Even though this is more of a problem for Ford’s marketing department than its engineers, it does seem inappropriate to bestow a meaningful label upon the truck before it has proven itself deserving of it.  In addition, Ford calls its pursuit cars Interceptors — as is true with Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility and the Police Interceptor Sedan. Calling the F-150 a “Responder,” which Ford also did with the Hybrid Sedan, seems to indicate the company was not prepared to totally commit.

Fastidiousness aside, some departments are most likely to be interested in the new pickup. General Motors offers the Silverado Special Service Vehicle but the F-150 should outperform it when it comes to fuel economy, because of its comparatively smaller engine and 10-speed automatic.

ford f-150 police responder

Coming standard with the FX4 off-road package, the Ford pickup employs a part-time four-wheel-drive system with low-range transfer case and includes a locking rear differential, skid plates, and model-specific shocks. As a police vehicle, the Responder is outfitted with the obligatory 240-amp alternator, column-mounted shifter, and steel-plated seat backs. It has brakes, an anti-roll bar, and aluminum wheels. Ford claims the F-150 Police Responder has a 7,000-pound tow capacity, which is on par with the civilian FX4 after you think about the additional weight police vehicles typically incur.

Ford has yet to announced when it will begin delivery of the new pickup to government agencies, but it assures us that Ne’er-do-wells won’t be safe from it on or off-road.

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[Images: Ford Motor Company]

July 24, 2017
BMW Marks (Marks***********************************) years from this 7-series using a particular Edition: America Gets 10 Copies

BMW Marks (Marks***********************************) years from this 7-series using a particular Edition: America Gets 10 Copies

-(b)Though Audi has unveiled a completely fresh, breakthrough A8 and Mercedes-Benz has been launch a extensively upgraded S-class facelift, BMW appears back in the foundation of its 7-series and observes the version’s 40th birthday with a special edition, of which just 10 duplicates will probably visit the usa.

To be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show this September, the Edition 40 Jahre (40th Anniversary Edition or, literally translated, Edition 40 Years) will be constructed in a collection of 200 units, according to customer specifications and wishes. In Europe, all engines and drivetrains will be available; there isn’t any word on how U.S.-bound cars will be configured.

BMW 7-Series 40 Jahre Edition

Common to all 200 units is the particular paint: All cars will be finished in either Frozen Silver Metallic or in Petrol Mica Metallic, the latter being a color that celebrates the rich heritage of blue hues in BMW’s history. All will have high-gloss black Shadow Line trim (it used to be matte black in the 1980s), and all will come with 20-inch V-spoke wheels from BMW’s Individual program.

Inside, there are two leather combinations on offer, either Smoke White/Cohiba or Smoke White/Black. The headliner is finished in Smoke White alcantara. Wood decor will be Piano Black or Smoke Brown. Badges abound inside and out, with the specially designed 40-year anniversary logo appearing on the B-pillars, rocker panels, wood trim, headrests, and pillows. The cars can be ordered.

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there’s not any word yet on pricing, but we expect a substantial markup, if you’re able to get your hands on one at all. We figure all 10 units for the U.S. is going to be spoken for prior to the Frankfurt show reveal.

BMW 7-Series 40 Jahre Edition

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