The New Zealand police have selected the Skoda Superb as the new front car. Deputy Police Commissioner Jevon McSkimming and Commissioner Andrew Coster are pictured here with one of the new vehicles.
The move to a new vehicle was initiated by Holden’s owner General Motors, who announced that it would be pulling Holden out of the Australasian market.
Police said they had submitted 27 vehicles from seven suppliers for testing of a new primary emergency vehicle.
Two Skoda Superb models stood out as ideal cars, and police said the first batch is expected to hit the streets in April 2021.
Patrol vehicles in the existing fleet would be replaced at the end of their useful life at a rate of around 400 per year.
Police will use station wagons as they offer greater flexibility for use and were the preferred body type.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said the new vehicles would help reduce the police fleet’s carbon footprint.
« Compared to our current fleet, the CO2 emissions per kilometer have been reduced by up to 38. 6 percent per vehicle, whichever is replaced, « he said.
Police cars are considered replacements when they average six to seven years old – or when they turn 120. Reach 000 km, whichever comes first.
Holden can continue to service police vehicles for 10 years. However, if a Holden agent is not available, the cars will be serviced while they are still in the fleet.
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