Holden's Commodore-based Police Car Proposal for the US

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  1. TriShield

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    Pontiac G8 targets US Criminals

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    Stephen Ottley

    It's amazing what you find sitting out the front of Holden's Port Melbourne headquarters.

    Our eagled-eyed Editor-in-Chief spotted this Pontiac G8 sitting outside Holden head office looking ready to tackle US crooks. The left-hand drive G8 was painted in the colours of the Los Angeles Police Department and it certainly captured our interest.

    It turns out the car is the work of a Melbourne company, National Safety Agency, that specialises in innovative technology development for emergency services operations around the world.

    The L.A.P.D. Pontiac is a prototype designed to showcase the technology the company has been working on over the past two years for both Australian and international agencies. It will be demonstrated to senior members of the L.A.P.D. on Monday in Sydney after being on display at next week's APOC (Association of Public Safety Communication Officials) conference.

    National Safety Agency (NSA) director Des Bahr told the Carsales Network that the Pontiac employs several new features specially designed to improve officer safety, efficiency and reduce cost. The most notable is the police computer screen being molded directly into the dashboard. The company was able to integrate many of the separate technologies used by law enforcement agencies into the single platform.

    "We've created a virtual police station on wheels," Bahr says.

    Much of the work on the Pontiac was also used on the company's Emergency Services Concept Vehicle. It is a Holden Commodore designed and built to a national standard, unlike current law enforcement vehicles that conform to individual state requirements. NSA has worked with Holden for over two years on the project.

    "We wrote to every manufacturer in Australia," Bahr says. "They all wanted to observe [the project] but Holden said they wanted to participate."

    The potential for both NSA and Holden is huge. It is believed American law enforcement agencies currently have approximately 80,000 Ford Crown Victoria sedans on fleet but the aging car is due to be phased out next year.

    Most forces require V8-powered rear-wheel drive sedans and the Dodge Charger has been adopted by some police forces in America, but Bahr believes the Pontiac represents a safer and better-equipped option.

    "If we were able to tap into that market the opportunities are huge for any manufacturer," Bahr says.

    In addition to the L.A.P.D. Bahr says the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as agencies in the UK and around the world, have shown interest in the prototypes.

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    That just looks menacing... I'd be scared as hell seeing one of those in my rear view mirror. :coold:

    Wonder if they'll call it the Pontiac G9C1? :mamoru:
     
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    I still think the Impala from the mid 90s in black and ram bar on the front is the single most menacing cop car ever.

    Agree/Disagree with pictorial proof?
     
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    I'd rock a G8 GT that's been copicized.
    All day long, and into the night.

    Needs the A-pillar spotlights still, ideally more modern ones than the domed/coned incandescent setups that still rule the station's lot.

    Goddamn I want one now. Stick a cage in the back, ditch the rear upholstery for something that can be just mopped out, stick in the upgraded suspension, cooling, bumper (including the push-bumper), electrics, etc., add MDT capability, put a radio rack in the trunk, a low-profile LED light bar, rifle/shotgun rack between the front seats, seatbelt extensions, ballistic panels in the front doors, and those spotlights...
    That'd be sweet. Oh, and remove the damn speed governor. Run decent Z tires and teach the drivers well, and there shouldn't be more problems than there are now.
     
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    I'm still a fan of the chargers as cruisers.
     
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    G8 cop cars would be pretty awesome.

    On the other hand, I'd have to listen to GarandB talking about it all the fucking time then :hsugh:
     
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    :rofl:

    On the other other hand, I'd have way cooler war stories, and you could rag on about how the agency suckified the cars
     
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    not as cool as the charger cop car, even though the G8 is a much cooler car.
     
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    What happened to Dodge Chargers? Are they done with those already?
     
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    No, a bunch of places use them, including the CA Highway Patrol.

    I just bet GM wants in on the LE market, since that's a pretty good way to make your cars visible to the public, in addition to being another sale.
     
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    They are already in on the LE market with the Impala and Tahoe... but with there now being an absence of Crown Vic the only choice for V8/RWD sedans are Chargers. G8 is a logical car to fill the void for agencies who would prefer not to run mopars.
     
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    oops. I spaced on the Impalas...mostly, because I probably don't consider them to be "serious" cop cars.

    And because nobody in my area actually uses GM products, at least none of the local agencies, that I'm aware of.

    But yes, G8 would be a great CVPI replacement for when Ford actually stops producing those. Chargers look like they'd be harder to stick an arrestee in the back.
     
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    The single best looking cop car to date that I've had the graces of seeing is the Alabama State Troopers using a G35 Sedan.... SEXah.
     
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    CVPIs are indeed still very much available.
     
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    srsly? I thought they stopped producing them... wtf.
     
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    Not yet, it's being talked about. For awhile actually.
     
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    The civilian version was gone as of MY 2008, the CVPI (P71s) are still around.
     
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    They're not. Where I live, they're used for parking inforcement, among other things. FWD and cop duty don't mix. The police fleet is ALL CVPI. The only cop-spec Chargers I've seen are either university police cars or unmarked units for the sheriff's dept.

    Is the G8 gonna be around long enough to be a CVPI replacement? :eek3:
     
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    God, I hope the G8 does stick around. Preferably in a way that is not like the CV/CVPI, where the regular-market model is cancelled several years before the cop model.

    CHP and, for example, Fresno PD use Chargers around here for highway/traffic/looking-badass units.
    Honestly, I don't work for either of those agencies, so I actually have no idea what, specifically, the purpose was for getting the Chargers.

    My agency uses almost all CVPI with a few Expeditions for a few special-duty sergeants (dive team, SAR, etc), and some Ford generic-sedans for non-deputy jobs.

    I'd love to see us go to G8 Police models when the CVPI finally goes away.
     
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    Wait, chippies use Chargers now? I haven't been looking out for those :noes:
     
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    I've even seen a handful of Dodge Magnums in cop trim around here. K9 units :noes:
     
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    My dept is just getting them in. Took them through some EVOC training a couple weeks ago and loved it...except we got the 6cyl :ugh2:

    yeah! I saw those in the city up from us. I had to do a double take.
     

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