New patrol car will be used by 54 constabularies in the UK
13 April 2010

Vauxhall has revealed its latest five-door Astra police car.

The car will be used by 54 constabularies in the UK and is seen in these pictures in the Metropolitan Police’s livery.

The Vauxhall Astra police car has been developed by Vauxhall’s Special Vehicle Operations unit at Millbrook.

See the new Vauxhall Astra police car pictures

Changes over a standard Astra include a centre console converted to work with police radio header units, video capture facilities and mobile data terminals. All features are integrated into the Astra’s interior without the need for custom trim installations.

Vauxhall's manager of vehicle conversions, Dick Ellam, said, "With the new Astra, Vauxhall is offering the UK's police constabularies a vehicle which is not only superior dynamically to its predecessor but which also has the scope for much improved integration with the systems law enforcement demands.

“We are particularly proud that this integration allows the devices needed by the police service to be mounted within the standard architecture of the car's interior.”

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13 April 2010

......................soon to be making an unwelcome appearance in our rear view mirrors? ;-(((

13 April 2010

As good a car as the Astra is - I cant help but think our cops should get somthing a bit cooler.

The US get the Dodge Charger, Down Under gets the Holden Commodore

Both say you mean business a bit better than the Astra.....

We Brits are such Nerds!

13 April 2010

[quote fhp11]The US get the Dodge Charger[/quote] 3.5V6 just for pootling around in 99% of cases (rarely will a diesel/small petrol astra have to chase anything) is a bit of overkill! Also would bankrupt the police within 30 seconds with petrol at £1.20 a litre. They look mean though. Below is image of our local polices' chargers:

Dodge Charger

They also have fun things like metal sheet within the seats so a nasty person can't stab you through the seats. The crime rate around here is pretty close to zero, so they can spend all day playing with their new radar sets and enforcing stupid "Stop sign" rules (N.Americans seriously need to get the hang of roundabouts)

13 April 2010

An Astra with stickers, a blue light, and a specially reshaped centre console. Wow! Slow news day?

13 April 2010

[quote fhp11]The US get the Dodge Charger, Down Under gets the Holden Commodore[/quote]

Actually the US are about to get the Holden Commodore as well (well actually the stretched Statesmanm, and badged Chevrolet) : http://news.drive.com.au/drive/motor-news/holden-reports-huge-interest-in-its-us-cop-car-20091203-k70t.html and http://chevroletcapriceppv.com/#home

Couldn't our boys in blue here do with a stonking 6.0l V8? I'm sure Holden will do you one...

We wish.

13 April 2010

[quote fhp11]

As good a car as the Astra is - I cant help but think our cops should get somthing a bit cooler.

The US get the Dodge Charger, Down Under gets the Holden Commodore

Both say you mean business a bit better than the Astra.....

We Brits are such Nerds!

[/quote] We need a UK version of the Carbon E7 - and introduce the PIT manoeuvre to British roads. That would worry the Twocers!

13 April 2010

Jag XFR would be a cool Police car.

Day to day stuff, not chasing car theifs, then the Astra is OK.

I bet they don't ghave alloy wheels, our Plod would kerb them to death in a day.

I think its a shame that one manufcturer seems to have a monopoly on this.

Vaxhall have the small car, Volvo "fast motorway" and Disco still the weapon of choice in most areas for a 4x4

We want to see different marques in different forces.

13 April 2010

[quote Richard H]We want to see different marques in different forces.[/quote] Lothian & Borders Police is riddled with BMW's, with a few Volvo's, Astra's and Mercs thrown in for good measure. They've even got a smart FourTwo! Whatever happened to buying British?

13 April 2010

PIT's are a bit risky in the UK .... on a road where you could do it they are likely to result in death of the perp because they would go off the road into trees / ditch etc ... in the US they go into the massive run off area by the highway. Anywhere else and they would wipe out 40 parked cars and a row of houses.

Best stick to stingers I think!

13 April 2010

i recommend the police should drive honda civics.

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