Ford Stretches Crown Victoria Taxi
Ford has stretched the Crown Victoria sedan to produce a 2002-model year long-wheelbase version. The stretched Crown Victoria has an extra 7.7 cubic feet of space for rear cabin passengers and their carry-on with its longer body built exclusively for the taxi and livery business.The extra half-foot (about 15 cm.) of wheelbase provides extra legroom, which Ford said is espe-cially important in markets that require full partitions. The lengthened wheelbase also provides larger rear doors with bigger windows. The stretched chassis is new, and the taxi specification includes heavy-duty springs and shock absorbers, and an oil cooler.The Crown Victoria dominates the taxi sedan market with a 65 percent share.Like other versions of the big Ford sedan, the long-wheelbase taxi is built in the St. Thomas Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.