Revealed - Chevrolet Caprice PPV (Holden Caprice)

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  1. TriShield

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    Be On The Lookout: All-New Chevy Caprice Police Car Reports For Duty In 2011

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    DENVER – An all-new Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) will join the ranks of law enforcement departments across North America in 2011. It's a modern, full-size, rear-drive sedan that will offer both V-8 and V-6 engines, as well as a host of specialized equipment and features.

    Chevrolet made the announcement at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention, in Denver, Colorado. The Caprice PPV will be available for ordering next year and will hit the streets in early 2011.

    "The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement," said Jim Campbell, general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. "We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas."

    Vice President, Global Chevrolet Brand Brent Dewar added, "Along with Impala and Tahoe, the Caprice PPV gives agencies a greater range of choices for police and special service vehicles that are all available from Chevrolet."

    Unlike other police cars on the market, the Caprice PPV is not based on existing "civilian" passenger-car model sold in North America. It has been developed in key areas specifically for police duty, containing modern equipment and features:

    • Powerful 6.0L V-8 with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability delivers expected best-in-class 0-60 acceleration (sub six seconds) and top speed; a V-6 engine will also be offered, beginning in the 2012 model year
    • Optional front-seat-only side curtain air bags allows a full-width rear-seat barrier for greater officer safety
    • Two trunk-mounted batteries, with one of them dedicated to powering various police equipment
    • Designed for five-passenger seating, meaning the upper-center section of the dashboard can be used for equipment mounting without the concern of air bag deployment interference
    • Compatibility with in-dash touch-screen computer technology
    • Special front seats designed for the long-term comfort of officers whose car is their effective office, including space that accommodates the bulk of a typical equipment belt
    The front seats are sculpted to "pocket" the equipment belt, which greatly increases the comfort for a great range of police officer sizes. The foam density of the seatback and cushion insert surfaces are designed to conform to the shape of an equipment belt's various items, too, allowing the officer's back to rest properly on the seatback surface.

    "The Chevrolet Caprice PPV's seats represent a revolution in comfort and utility for officers who spend long hours in their car," said Bob Demick, lead seat design manager. "The shape also enhances entry and egress, making it easier for officers to exit the vehicle quickly. The seatback bolsters, for example, have been purposefully contoured to help pocket the equipment on the belt, which includes the gun, Taser and handcuffs, which rest comfortably in the sculpted lower bolsters. That also increases the longevity of the trim cover surface."

    Along with comfort, the materials used in the seats were also carefully selected. High-wear materials were chosen to stand up to long hours of everyday use, while breathability, long-term durability and ease of cleaning were also important criteria.

    Engineers worked on several iterations of the seat, testing a couple of versions in the field to get real-world feedback from police officers, who used prototype seats in their cruisers for a month. Their input helped determine the final design.

    Class-leading space

    The Caprice PPV is based on GM's global rear-drive family of vehicles that also underpins the Chevy Camaro. It uses the longest wheelbase of the architecture – 118.5 inches (3,010 mm) – along with a four-wheel independent suspension that delivers responsive high-performance driving characteristics that are crucial in some police scenarios.

    Caprice PPV's long wheelbase also contributes to exceptional spaciousness. Compared to the primary competition, its advantages include:

    • A larger interior volume – 112 cubic feet / 3,172 liters – than the Ford Crown Victoria, including nearly 4 inches (101 mm) more rear legroom
    • The barrier between the front seat and rear seat is positioned farther rearward, allowing for full front-seat travel and greater recline for officer comfort
    • At 18 cubic feet (535 liters) free space (beyond battery located in trunk), the Caprice's trunk volume is large enough to accommodate a full-size spare tire under a flat load surface in the trunk storage area.
    The Caprice's 6.0-liter V-8 is rated at an estimated 355 horsepower (265 kW) with an estimated 384 lb-ft of torque. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is performance-calibrated for police duty. Additional, police car-specific powertrain and vehicle system features include:

    • High-output alternator
    • Engine oil, transmission and power steering coolers
    • Standard 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on center caps
    • Large, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads
    • Heavy-duty suspension components
    • Police-calibrated stability control system
    • Driver information center in the instrument cluster with selectable speed tracking feature
    A host of complementary features are also offered, including special equipment packages such as spotlights; lockouts for the power windows and locks; and an "undercover" street-appearance package (9C3).

    To enable more room for interior equipment, the standard radio can be relocated to the trunk, allowing for an in-dash, touch-screen computer to be used.

    Caprice on Patrol: A Brief History

    Chevrolet's history with law enforcement is almost as old as the brand itself. Police departments have used Chevy sedans as police cars for decades, ordering them with basic equipment and powerful V-8 engines – including some special engines that weren't available in regular-production models, such as the 1959 Biscayne that was offered with up to 315 horsepower.

    The full-size Chevrolets joined the force in 1976. All Caprice police cars – including the new, 2011 model – have carried the 9C1 order code. Here's a quick look back at Chevys on patrol:

    1959 – Chevy Biscayne police model capable of 135 mph with specially tuned, police-only version of the 348-cubic-inch V-8 engine

    1965 – The new "big-block" 396 engine is offered in Biscayne and Bel Air police cars, making them among the most powerful on patrol; a 427 V-8 was added in 1966

    1976 – The 9C1 order code is given for the first time to a full-size Chevy police car package. It carries the Impala name.

    1977 – The full-size Chevy is downsized. The 9C1 police package is retained, as is the Impala name.

    1986 – The Caprice name replaces Impala, as the car is updated for the mid- and late-1980s – including the option of a powerful, 5.7-liter small-block V-8.

    1991 – A new-generation Caprice is launched, with the 9C1 police car still on the beat.

    1994 – The 260-horsepower (194 Nm) LT1 V-8 engine is offered in the Caprice 9C1, making it one of the fastest full-size police cars ever offered.

    1996 – Caprice police car production ends, as GM's full-size, body-on-frame car architecture is discontinued.

    2011 – The Caprice PPV returns to active duty.

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    CYA at the auctions!!!!!
     
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    I'm not a big fan of the "impala"-esc tail lights. But it looks good overall. :)
     
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    355HP!

    Oi, so much for thinking I could outrun them. haha.
     
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    wait this is still just the holden, amirite? i KNEW they'd bastardize it.
     
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    Holden has revealed a special police patrol car aimed at securing a potential billion-dollar export business in the United States

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    Richard Blackburn, drive.com.au, October 6, 2009

    Company executives revealed the Australian-built Chevrolet police car, based on the long wheelbase Holden Caprice, at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Denver, Colorado.

    The show is a chance for suppliers to hawk their wares to the North American law enforcement agencies.

    If the Holden gets the green light from agencies, it could be on the road early in 2011.

    The public reveal follows confirmation last month by General Motors chief executive Fritz Henderson that the company was on the verge of a deal with a major law enforcement agency, believed to be the Los Angeles Police Department.

    “We’ve been working on a package for police applications. I just think that’s going to work. We’re pretty optimistic about it and that product will be sourced in Australia,” Mr Henderson told Drive.com.au in an exclusive interview at the Frankfurt motor show.

    If the Statesman/Caprice becomes the vehicle of choice for United States law enforcement agencies, it could mean annual sales of up to 70,000 vehicles a year.

    The deal would be a huge boost for Holden’s Elizabeth Plant in South Australia, which has been operating at roughly half its capacity since General motors cancelled a billion-dollar export deal earlier this year.

    That deal, which involved selling Commodores re-badged as Pontiacs, fell through when General Motors axed the Pontiac brand as part of a widespread restructuring aimed a keeping the world’s biggest car company afloat.

    Holden shipped 36,500 re-badged Commodores to the US last year - about two-thirds of the company's total exports and almost a third of its vehicle production.

    When the deal fell through, the company cut one of its plant shifts in May, with some workers put on week-on, week-off work arrangements to avoid redundancies.

    Police agencies across the United States are looking for a replacement for the current fleet of ageing Ford Crown Victoria sedans, which will be discontinued in 2010.

    Holden's executive director of sales and marketing John Elsworth said unveiling the Chevrolet Caprice PPV was the first step towards securing significant contracts.

    "Today is the start of the process," he said. "It's our ticket to the dance. Now we need to go out and really impress the judges,” he said.

    Mr Elsworth said Holden’s experience in developing police cars for Australian law enforcement agencies could prove crucial in securing US business.

    Holden expects the Caprice application to be considered in the next round of fleet orders from US police agencies.

    The car will be offered with V8 and V6 engines and will have a range of special features for police applications.

    They include an additional boot-mounted battery dedicated to powering police equipment, a high-output alternator, engine oil and transmission coolers, standard 18-inch steel wheels with bolt-on centre caps, four-wheel disc brakes with heavy-duty brake pads, heavy-duty suspension components, a specially-calibrated stability control system and an information read-out in the instrument cluster.

    Some vehicles will also be fitted out for undercover work, although given the Holden-supplied cars are likely to be exclusively used for police work they may not be as covert as hoped.

    As with the current crop of Crown Victorias, it could also mean the Statesman/Caprice based cars - sold here as limousines and luxury cars - will likely end up as taxis once they've completed their tour of duty.
     
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    It's a Holden Caprice with Chevrolet badges.

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    No styling changes aside from the badge it wears.
     
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    oh i thought it was the G8
     
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    thats incorrect, the entire bodykit and wheels are different

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    They put cheap wheels and covers on it, it's not like the restyling the Commodore got for Pontiac.
     
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    new grille, short of a new spoiler thats the only really difference.

    id say a g8 gt looks more like a ss than this does a caprice
     
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    the closer you look there is actually more, no bodykit, uncolour coded mirrors, cheaper door handles etc etc

    this is clearly a chop job. Its interesting how it has an omega dash in a stretched wheelbase model
     
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    All of the parts Holden uses on their large cars are interchangable. Basically the VE is one car that Holden makes several different bodystyles of on the same line. Very similar to what US manufacturers used to do decades ago.
     
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    I just missed out on some clean crown vics in MA state police colors, most going for $1100-1600.
     
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    retorq What up bitch??

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    Holden is on the brink of announcing its biggest-ever customer order.

    Joshua Dowling

    Long rumoured, the deal to sell Holden-built Chev badged cars to US police forces is essentially a done deal. In fact, it's so close to done that Holden chief Alan Batey was in Denver today to press the flesh with the boys in blue.

    In an effort to secure its share of the US police car market, the Aussie carmaker and its Chairman trekked to Denver and the world's biggest police exhibition IAPC (International Association of Police Chiefs Conference) to unveil a special edition of its Gulf States WM-based Caprice sedan -- complete with gun rack and prisoner barrier.

    And while Holden execs in Australia are playing their cards close to their chests (there will be a watered-down announcement tomorrow, Tuesday) we can exclusively report that the deal is done. Holden-built police cars will be on the beat Stateside by early 2011.

    As noted above, the new car will be sold in North America as a Chevrolet with the aim of taking a large slice of the 70,000 police sedan sales each year. Indeed, if the car proves popular with forces across the USA, Holden could end up selling more sedans to North America as police cars than it sells retail sedans in total in Australia.

    The stalwart US police car for the past two decades, the Ford Crown Victoria, is coming to an end in 12 months and, until today, there was no viable replacement.

    "This is all systems go," the boss of Holden, Alan Batey told the Carsales Network at IAPC in Denver today.

    "We are here to get as much customer feedback as possible but as far as we're concerned this is full steam ahead for us. We have already been working on this for 12 months."

    Batey said production of the police cars would start at the end of 2010, putting cars on the beat in early 2011.

    The Caprice is shorter in overall length but has a roomier cabin than the outgoing Ford sedan. It also out manoeuvers and outpaces the aging Crown Victoria.

    Holden will sell V8 versions first but direct-injected V6 version will follow nine months later.

    "This is a big deal for Australia and for us and we're going to do all we can to get it right."

    Batey will visit police chiefs across the USA this week, including the high-profile Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) which has been working with the Melbourne-based company, National Safety Agency, on an onboard police computer system which could be fitted to the cars.

    The LAPD will have a Pontiac G8 (the US market version of the Commodore SS) on the road next week as part of a three-month trial of the police computer technology.

    LAPD deputy chief Charles Beck described the car and its computer system -- which integrates 27 devices into one large touch screen display -- as: "the closest thing to the holy grail of police cars" he'd seen in his career.

    The Police Caprice export deal comes less than six months after Holden was floored with the announcement that the Commodore-based Pontiac G8 export program to the USA would be axed as part of General Motors' post bankruptcy restructure.

    The Carsales Network first uncovered Holden's lucrative deal with North America's police force in February, when our eagle-eyed Editor spotted a Pontiac G8 in LAPD livery parked outside Holden's head office.

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    This car now has it's own website.

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    Click the logo to view it.
     
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    dude are you serious? have you ever looked at a cop car? theyre ALL base model POS's....crown vics, impala's, OG caprices, chargers, etc. theyre all bare bones base models cosmeticly
     
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    wonder how they will hold up
     
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    im not denying it, im just saying, the caprice in australia is the long wheelbase luxury model, this is anything but.
     
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    It's the same car cheapened for fleet duty. :mamoru:
     
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    :werd: It's the bastard stepchild of the Caprice and Omega....
     

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