Ford Crown Victoria
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Make: Ford
Model: Crown Victoria
Ford Crown Victoria

It is really hard to picture the Ford Crown Victoria without having thoughts of taxicabs and police cars. Nevertheless, this model is a rear-wheel drive full-size car produced by the Ford Motor Company in the mid-1950s. The name was later used again when the full-size LTD line was shrunk to compete with the downsized Chevrolet Caprice. AMC was the first, followed by Chrysler to drop out of the full size market. To the pleasure of Ford, the Crown Victoria became the sole player for this kind of automobile after General Motors discontinued the Chevrolet Caprice. Unfortunately, that market dominance could not last forever, and the rear-drive Chrysler LX platform and the upcoming rear-drive Chevrolet Impala represent new challenges to this market segment. The Crown Victoria is classified as mid-priced in the Ford lineup of full-sized sedans. This pricing strategy seems to be working given that 5,424 Crown Victorias were sold in January 2007 alone. That far exceeded the 3,526 of the newer Ford Five Hundred, which is a more technically advanced full size car with similar passenger space and better fuel economy. It seems that drivers are still holding on to something that they like about the Crown Vic. Nothing seems to have challenged the Crown Victoria's dominance as a taxi cab, fleet vehicle and police car where durability, cost and performance rather than efficiency are top requirements. The "Crown Vic" is popular due to its conventional rear-wheel drive, V8 power. The Crown Victoria is also one of the few remaining automobiles which retains the traditional 2-bench 6 passenger seating layout, which has been largely replaced the two front-bucket layout popularized by imports. Also, and most importantly, as one of the few remaining passenger cars with body-on-frame construction, it is rugged, and enables repairs after minor accidents without the need to straighten the chassis. So divers looking for a good wrecker should look no further.

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