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Goodbye, Ford Crown Victoria

The last Ford Crown Victoria was built this week, which ends the car’s more than 30-year production run. The Ford Crown Victoria is most recognized for being a taxi cab and police car.

CNNMoney reports that Ford said in an announcement, "Production levels at the (Ontario, Canada) plant have declined by 60 percent in the last decade as customer preferences shifted to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles."

According to the EPA, the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria gets 16/24 mpg city/highway, while more fuel-efficient taxis, like the Toyota Prius, get an EPA-estimated 51/48 mpg.

“Ford has made Crown Victorias for 19 consecutive years, as long as it made Model T’s — an unusually long run, said Bob Casey, an automotive historian who is the curator of transportation at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.,” The New York Times reports. More Ford Crown Victoria cars have been built than any other North American car, including the Ford Model T, Jalopnik reports.

What will police departments and taxi cab drivers replace the Crown Victoria with now that production has ended? Jalopnik says that the police car version, the Police Interceptor, will be replaced by a new Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor, or by competitors’ police cars, like the Dodge Charger. The Ford Transit Connect or Nissan NV vans could replace the Crown Vic taxi. New York City already has plans to replace its Crown Victoria taxi cabs with a version of the Nissan NV van.

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