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The cop car to get upgraded

Kai Ryssdal Sep 15, 2011

This final note today, a passing, of sorts.

According to the automobile website Jalopnik, the last Ford Crown Victoria rolled off the assembly line at a plant in St. Thomas, Ontario, today. The Crown Vic is, Jalopnik says, the best-selling Ford car ever in North America, including the Model T.

It’ll be replaced in police departments nationwide with — wait for it — the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor, which, I’m sorry, just doesn’t sound threatening at all.

Photo credit: The 2003 Crown Victoria at the New York International Automobile Show. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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