Mike Stevens | May 18, 2009

While some Aussie coppers are getting about in the new Holden Commodore Sportwagon, their British comrades will be welcoming the new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer - along with the award-winning Insignia sedan - into the fleet.

The film and TV world might have gotten us used to seeing bobbies giving chase in under-powered Vauxhall Astra hatches, but the tables are set to turn, thanks to the 190kW 2.8 litre naturally-aspirated and 161kW turbo engines – not to mention the Insignia’s all-wheel-drive system. A 117kW diesel engine will be offered as well.

Astra who?

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The new patrol units will include Mobile Data Terminal cameras, Automatic Number Plate Recognition, a sleek set of blue-and-reds on the roof along with lamps for illumination.

"We believe the Insignia gives us a great opportunity for the UK Police vehicle market," said Dick Ellam, GM UK Manager, Vehicle Conversions.

"Already we've had a great response from professional police drivers, who have compared its performance and handling characteristics to those of more expensive premium-badged vehicles used by some forces.

"In these tough economic times, when Police forces are spending public money, this makes the Insignia an even more appealing option."

For the full press release, see below.

New Police-specification Insignia announced

160PS2.0 CDTi diesel or 260PS 2.8-litre, or 2.0-litre 220PS turbo petrol engines

Available to order as a 'turnkey' vehicle, no conversion required

Following its crowning glory as 2009 European Car of the Year and the recent launch of the all-new Sports Tourer, it may seem there's no getting away from the Vauxhall Insignia.

And now, there really isn't! GM UK Special Vehicles has pulled the wraps off the all-new Police specification version of the car, which can be supplied to order to Police fleets throughout the UK.

Three versions are available. A high-speed pursuit car featuring either 2.0-litre 220PS turbo or a 2.8-litre 260PS petrol engine and all-wheel-drive, or a 160PS 2.0CDTi patrol car, with a choice of body styles – although it's the Sports Tourer that is expected to be the most popular among British forces thanks to its ability to swallow cones, signs and beacons, all part of the daily routine for a Police vehicle in the UK.

"We believe the Insignia gives us a great opportunity for the UK Police vehicle market," said Dick Ellam, GM UK Manager, Vehicle Conversions. "Already we've had a great response from professional police drivers, who have compared its performance and handling characteristics to those of more expensive premium-badged vehicles used by some forces. In these tough economic times, when Police forces are spending public money, this makes the Insignia an even more appealing option."

The Police Insignia is available to order direct from GM UK Special Vehicles and comes equipped from the production line with all of the necessary patrol car equipment, including Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) cameras, Automatic Numberplate Recognition (ANPR) system, roof lightbar with 360 blues, side alley lamps, sirens and full comms radio equipment.

The cars are based on standard models from the Insignia range and are converted in a special facility at GM's proving ground in Millbrook, Bedfordshire.

This 'turnkey' solution is ideal for Police forces in the UK, as GM UK Special Vehicles can supply ready-made police vehicles to order at very short notice, for example if a patrol car is written off in a collision. As well as the new Insignia, Vauxhall supplies Police-prepared variants of all of its model ranges including commercial vehicles, along with applications for other emergency services such as ambulances, high-speed paramedic response vehicles and support vehicles for fire brigades.

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