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Texas Troopers may move to Ford

by Bill Cawthon on

A source has told Allpar that the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) familiar black-and-white Dodge Charger may become a thing of the past.

The DPS started buying Chargers in 2012, but may switch back to Ford to get the space provided by Ford’s Explorer-based police cars. These provide a higher viewpoint for easier traffic observation, and more space for troopers’ equipment.  The DPS already has Chevrolet Tahoe PPVs and some Ford SUVs.

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There has been no official confirmation and both the Charger and the PI Utility are on current state vehicle contracts.

FCA does not offer a pursuit-rated SUV (the Durango is available only for “Special Service”) and a recent GM price hike made the Tahoe more expensive, so Ford is reaping the benefits with a number of departments.

The DPS has 2,477 passenger cars in its fleet, mostly for enforcement officers; each trooper, agent, and Ranger is assigned a car. Not all enforcement vehicles will be SUVs, so Dodge would still have a shot at the sedan sales. However, giving all sales to Ford might provide a logistical advantage.

Even is the switch is made, the DPS keeps its enforcement vehicles for about five years, so it won’t be seen immediately.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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