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Sozzi: The New Ford Police Interceptor Car Is an Intimidating Animal

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The Interceptor unmarked car definitely caught my eye on the Web site (luckily not on the road!), and I am interested how sales of that model have been relative to the badged Interceptors.

"Sales of Police Interceptors were up 48% in 2013 (according to RL Polk Registration Data), while also gaining 9 points of market share in 2013."

I would venture a guess that testing is very rigorous for the Interceptor, how does it differ relative to standard testing for the typical Ford model found in dealer showrooms? For example, are police personnel actively involved in the process?

"Police Interceptors are subjected to two times durability testing, which means they go through twice the amount of testing as a regular vehicle due to the extreme conditions in which they are used. Each of our Police Interceptors are evaluated and tested by Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and are classified as 'Pursuit Rated' once they pass the testing."

It's now 2018, how will have the Interceptor evolved from the 2014 model? For instance, will the police have capabilities to connect to info-tainment systems found in Ford models? Car to car connection, in my opinion, is right around the bend and may be beneficial to the police to keep people safe on the roads.

"We know that officers spend many hours a day in their vehicles. So, we will continue to build upon our Police DNA of Safe, Durable, Performance, Purpose Built and Upfit Friendly for future models to incorporate features and technologies that build upon this DNA."

-- By Brian Sozzi CEO of Belus Capital Advisors, analyst to TheStreet.

This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

At the time of publication, Sozzi held no position in the stocks mentioned.
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