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First generation re-detailed Ford Tauruses have been used in all RoboCop movie/tv installments as police cars. Alhough RoboCop himself drove a different kind of car in the tv-series. Several cars were created for the first film and even more were created for the sequels.

Originally RoboCop was to have, similar to Batman, a much more designed car. The end result of the "Robo-mobile" or "Turbo-Car", as it was called at an early stage, however came out far too silly. The whole cast and crew started to laugh when the car first drove into the set. Director Paul Verhoeven started to panic but saw a Ford Taurus drive by and choosed that as the car model for both RoboCop and the rest of the police. The Ford company wasn't very happy about that however, and didn't sponsor the cars in any way. All cars had to be bought for the movie.

The 1985 Ford Taurus was used in the first movie and featured a lighted pushbar, roof mounted spotlight, onboard computer and dashboard arsenal. The datascreens was supposed to be featured much more in the original movie but it wasn't until RoboCop3 that it was actually shown in any greater amount.

6000 SUX / 77 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Two complete SUX cars that were fully operational was built with parts for a third one that the pro­duction people blew up in Dallas. From the beginning they wanted a big car in the four-door configuration, one that could be modernized to make It look more futuristic, so for the basic body they chose a '77 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, mainly because it had an Interesting window line.

They designed in a large air inlet In the front, a couple more air inlets on the sides and toward the rear and then a very large rectangular exhaust system In the center rear. The actual auto bodies themselves were made from fiberglass components. They mocked up the SUX in metal, foam and plastic, and then took fiberglass molds of it and made fiberglass parts. The complete front end was all removable as one piece back to the windshield, and the back end lifted up like a trunk. As for the engine and interior work, that was all stock -whatever came with the Oldsmobile in the first place.

The Ford Motor Company had supplied the RoboCop TV series with a special 1994, 5-Litre Ford Mustang prototype. The Detroit Police force employs twenty additional Ford automobiles in the TV series. Other vehicles include two Hummers from the AM General Corporation and the Orion II, an urban transport for the disabled supplied by Ontario Bus Industries. All have been painted and fitted with a high-tech skin representing near future technology, including state-of-the-art emergency roof lighting.

In the latest tv series, RoboCop: Prime Directives, the vehicles used by Robocop and Robocable were chevy impala's, with the chevy logo stripped away. And the vehicles used by Delta City Security were the Ford Tauras's. The Ford Taurus paint scheme and graphics was slightly modified, and the oval Ford logo on the grille were replaced with a OCP graphic.