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Australia's Caprice reports for law enforcement duty in US


An Australian-built Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle will be offered to join police departments across North America

From the same family as the Holden Caprice, the customised law enforcement car will be available for ordering next year and could hit the streets from early 2011, says Holden.

Chevrolet executives revealed the car at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention held in Denver, Colorado.

Holden Executive Director Sales and Marketing, John Elsworth, described the Chevrolet PPV reveal as an exciting first step which could lead to significant orders.

“Today is the start of the process. It’s our ticket to the dance. Now we need to go out and really impress the judges,” Elsworth says.

“North American law enforcement fleets account for about 70,000 sales a year so securing a fraction of those sales would be a major manufacturing boost for GM’s operations in Australia.

“Opportunities like this don’t come around very often. We are working hard to deliver a world class product worthy of serious consideration by the police.”

The rear wheel drive sedan will be available as a V6 with Spark Ignition Direct Injection or as a V8 with Active Fuel Management, both E85 capable, plus a host of specialised equipment and features including an additional boot-mounted battery dedicated to powering police equipment, in-dash touch-screen computer technology, spotlights; lockouts for the power windows and locks; and an “undercover” street-appearance package.

Holden Chief Designer, Richard Ferlazzo, said Caprice was ideally suited to the needs of a law enforcement department.

“Comfort was an absolute priority when designing Caprice which is essential for anyone spending long hours in their vehicle,” Ferlazzo said.

See the Holden Caprice for sale here.

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