Vauxhall recently signed one of the UK’s biggest Police fleet deals with over 2,000 vehicles. The fleet includes 1,200 Brit-built Astra models as well as Corsas, Insignias and Vivaro vans, which will be provided to Police forces nationwide. This impressive new order cements Vauxhall as the largest provider of low and intermediate performance cars to the UK Police, with a 60 per cent share of the market.
The vehicles will provide the force with a wide range of exceptional technologies, including the ground-breaking OnStar technology, which can keep the car connected via Satellite and cellular networks and provides connectivity for up to seven smartphones or tablets. OnStar also includes a Police-spec ignition block, which can be triggered remotely in the event of a vehicle being stolen.
The Vauxhall vehicles are set to join 28 police forces up and down the country, including Kent, Sussex and City of London Police. Six Fire and Rescue services have also been included in the agreement, which will be heading to East and West Sussex, Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Surrey and Staffordshire.
David Wilkin, West Midlands Police’s Director of Resources and the national policing lead for the procurement of vehicles commented: "A vehicle purchasing collaboration between police forces and partners on this scale has never been seen before and I am delighted to say that it has been a huge success in terms of the savings made and how well the organisations have worked together...While cost is clearly a driving factor, the most important aspect is that these vehicles need to be the safest ones available for our staff and the public."
"We are delighted to supply the Police with this huge order," said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. "Efficiency is a top priority for all Police forces and the investment made in these Vauxhalls will mean officers spend more time preventing crime."