|January Jones with Crown Victoria|
Federal government fuel economy standards have succeed in killing off Ford's long running fleet workhorse.
The last Ford Crown Victoria rolled off a Canadian assembly line Thursday, marking the end of the big, heavy Ford cars that have been popular with taxi fleets and police departments for decades.
Since 1979, almost 10 million Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars -- so-called Panther Platform vehicles -- have been sold.
|Crown Vics at work in NYC|
The crude but rugged Crown Victoria, also sold as the Lincoln Town Car, has for years been widely used by fleet operators such as limo services, taxi companies, and police departments. Fleet operators have not continued to purchased the Crown Vic because they're idiots who want to waste fuel. These managers need to meet customer demands, pay their bills, and stay in business. Balancing all the conflicting variables has resulted in rational a business decision to go with Ford's land yacht.
“The [ Lincoln ] Town Car has traditionally been an easy-to-fix vehicle,“ said Tarek Mallah, general manager Dial 7 car service, a so-called “black car“ service in New York City. “It's got legroom. It was designed as a livery vehicle to start with. It's passenger-centric.“
Mallah said he still isn't sure what he'll use to eventually replace the Town Car.
Now that their betters have decided the Vic has got to go, here's what future taxi passengers will be twisting themselves into. New York City's ruling elite has decided that all future cabs will be built by Nissan.