More than 50 percent of what Ford sells to police departments are utilities, Hinrichs said, mirroring an overall industry trend away from cars and into crossovers and SUVs.
Through the first quarter of 2017, Ford’s police utility is outselling the police sedans by a wide margin: 8,099 crossovers to 1,834 sedans.
Ford said the hybrid sedan will help cities save about $3,877 a year in fuel costs, based on gasoline priced at $2.50 a gallon.
The company will build the hybrid sedans in Mexico, and will modify them at its Chicago Assembly Plant, Hinrichs said. The automaker is investing $1 million there and creating 30 new jobs for the program.
The company unveiled the sedan Monday in New York in advance of the New York auto show. It held a simultaneous reveal in Los Angeles.
“Our mission to create safe and healthy communities in Los Angeles is achieved through sustainable approaches in community policing, and that includes embracing new technologies,” Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department Chief, said in a statement. “Patrol vehicles are a police officer’s office, and we expect them to not only be economically and environmentally efficient but also an effective tool for fighting crime in major metropolitan areas.”