Holden reports "huge interest" in its US cop car v.yes I know i'm not trishield

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  1. vikingen

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    Holden reports "huge interest" in its US cop car

    STEVE COLQUHOUN
    December 3, 2009 - 9:46AM



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    Holden says it is in the box seat to supply up to 70,000 police cars a year to the United States.

    Holden is in the box seat to lock up lucrative contracts to supply up to 70,000 cars per year to United States police departments following "huge" interest in its long-wheelbase police car.


    A prototype of the Holden Caprice V8 fitted with standard police equipment has been well received by police departments and police fleet buyers across the US and Canada, according to Chevrolet, the General Motors brand that will market the car in the US.


    Mike Simcoe, the Australian-born former head of Holden's design department and now Chevrolet's design chief, said the car was being aggressively marketed to police departments and state authorities looking to update their police fleets.


    "It was shown at a very big rally and they had about 150 police departments there. I don't know how many people drove the car but there was huge interest," Mr Simcoe said.


    Ford's Crown Victoria sedan, the car of choice for decades for most US police departments, will be retired at the end of 2011. While large, powerful rear-wheel-drive vehicles continue to suffer declining private and fleet sales, they remain very much in demand for use as police patrol cars and pursuit vehicles.


    "I imagine there would be a lot of interest in the (police) contracts from manufacturers with a large, V8-powered car; but there aren't too many of those around," Mr Simcoe said. "The competition has been the Ford Crown (Victoria) and that architecture is going out of manufacture so they may not have an alternative."


    Ford global marketing vice-president Jim Farley said the company would offer up a replacement for the Crown Victoria "within the next 12 months". Ford says it has been working with law enforcement agencies on the new police car, dubbed the Interceptor, for the past 14 months. The Blue Oval currently supplies roughly 75 per cent of the country’s police cars.


    But with no replacement yet available, the Blue Oval has give a significant head start to Holden and its GM counterpart, Chevrolet, which is marketing the car as the Chevrolet Caprice PPV (police pursuit vehicle). Chevrolet is milking the opportunity by aggressively marketing the prototype and offering test-drives at car shows and police events.


    Mr Simcoe said Holden was the logical fit within General Motors' stable of brands to build a police car based on the Caprice, Holden's range-topping luxury model.

    "Holden is the affordable rear-wheel-drive architecture. We have other performance architectures but they are targeted at Cadillac and above," he said.


    A prototype fitted with police equipment including flashing lights, dispatch displays, a heavy-duty screen through the middle of the cabin and storage for police-issue guns and equipment is being show at this week's Los Angeles motor show.


    Chevrolet says it can customise the Caprice PPV to meet individual police departments' needs, with options including a heavy-duty battery and high-output alternator to support the electric and computer equipment fitted to the car, seats contoured to fit officers wearing equipment belts that allow quick entrance and exits, specially calibrated stability control, a touch screen dispatch unit that doesn't interfere with airbag deployment and a full-width rear seat barrier.


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    Make those faggots work with 15+ year old cars.

    We need to trim the fat, and cops should take the hit first.
     
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    v.that too

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  8. macbook bro

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    FUCK THAT SHIT

    crown vic = COP is now a reflex to me

    i don't want to have to re learn :o
     
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    Enjoy your Holden quality bwahahahhaha
     
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    Most cops drive impalas and tahoes around here already anyway :dunno:
     
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    hes an idiot
     
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    Where's the touch screen dispatch display, and all the cool shit that should be inside a police car?
     
  14. Mitchj

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    its customisable, they actually do have that, its on the options list

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    I still don't understand why Chevy wasted any R&D money redesigning a new Caprice for the Police...

    When they had the G8 ready to go and could be used for both fleet cop sales AND personal sales.
     
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    Ummmm. No.
     
  20. Mitchj

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    this is a stretched wheelbase car

    its longer than a g8.
     
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    They've had in-car computers for the past 20 years, how the hell did they screw this up?
     
  22. JM Popaleetus

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    I understand that.

    What I'm saying is, why did they make the new PPV from the ground up when there was already rumors, and speculation about just making a few tweaks to the G8 and slapping a PPV badge on it instead?

    Seems counter-productive when they could have had something arguably just as good and cheaper.
     
  23. Mitchj

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    they didnt

    they took a Holden Caprice (read 7 series sized luxo barge)

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    and threw the interior out of the base model omega to save costs in it, also stripped off all the bodykit and shit, kept the 6L v8 and 6 speed auto, and made various other modifications.
     
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    Oh :o.

    Still would much rather have seen the G8 get reusued.
     
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    the ford one will be better
     

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