Equipment once considered commonplace is facing imminent extinction as advanced technology floods the automotive landscape, according to Ward’s data. Most prominent is the tried-and-true cassette player. It will vanish into history during the third quarter when the last ’11 Ford Crown Victoria rolls off the assembly line at the auto maker’s plant in St. Thomas, ON, Canada. The Crown Victoria fullsize sedan, sold only to fleets, offers an optional “Dual Media Premium Electronic” package ...

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