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New Police Cruiser Is Built for Cops, by Cops

Challenging the traditional law enforcement models of Ford's Crown Victoria and Dodge's Charger, the startup automotive company Carbon Motors Corp. presented the E7, its masthead police car, at San Diego's International Association of Chiefs of Police this week, tells us.

Carbon Motors, publicized as being "Designed by law enforcement, for law enforcement," has its roots in one retired police officer's dissatisfaction with conventional policing models. That officer, Stacy Dean Stephens of Coppell, Texas, contacted businessman William Santana Li with his pitch and preliminary designs for a car designed specifically for police work.

Having sought thorough input from police officers, Stephens and Li came up with a turbo diesel, aluminum framed cruiser, featuring unique appointments like suicide doors and on-board radiation detectors. All in all, Carbon Motors offers more than 70 custom options.

While Stephens and Li have not slated production to begin until 2012, they are optimistic about demand for the vehicle.

While the economy is hurting and gas prices are still tentative, putting off the car's production might be for the best, anyway. For now, it may be that cops have an easier -- and cheaper -- time catching criminals in cars, not with them. [From:]

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