Ford Victoria
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Ford
Model: Victoria
Ford Victoria

In 1954 Ford launched the Victoria Skyliner, which was a model with an incorporated acrylic glass panel over the front seating area. It was advertised to have a "freshness of view" through the green-tinted panel. In total 13,344 were sold in the one year of construction. The Victoria was followed by the famous Crown Victoria. 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. 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.

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