The all-new Ford Crown Victoria receives a new frame and major upgrades in ride, handling, steering, comfort, and safety for 2003. Upgraded features for 2003 are designed to solidify its presence in the police and taxi markets. The Ford Crown Victoria accounts for more than 90 percent of all taxicab sedans in New York and more than 80 percent of police pursuit vehicles in the United States.Other major upgrades for 2003, include a rack-and-pinion steering system, upgraded front and rear suspension and passenger seat weight sensors added to its Personal Safety System.Ford has added optional side impact airbags to the Crown Victoria, and has made anti-lock brakes standard. The 2002 Crown Victoria earned the federal government’s highest frontal crash test rating, five stars for the driver and front passenger. The Crown Victoria engine is the 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 engine, which produces 224 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 239 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. It uses an electronically controlled four-speed automatic overdrive transmission.