Holden looks likely to win its first police tender for the new ZB Commodore, which is part of a new trial in South Australia.
Having relied heavily on Holden in the past, Police in NSW, Queensland and Victoria have largely overlooked the new European-built Commodore in favour of a police-pack BMW 5-Series, twin-turbo Kia Stinger V6 and V8-powered Chrysler 300 SRT.
But Holden expects South Australia Police to acquire around 100 examples of the V6-powered, all-wheel-drive Commodore RS to perform general and highway patrol duties.
Peter Keley, sales director for the brand, says “SA Police have run an exhaustive comparison of vehicles from every manufacturer and we’re proud our latest Commodore has once again proven its credentials when it comes to vehicle safety, specifications, durability, dynamics, performance and importantly manufacturer and servicing support”.
For its part, SA Police says the new Commodore will be evaluated alongside an existing trial of the Kia Sorento SUV.
Assistant commissioner of governance and capability service, Peter Harvey, says “SAPOL has now identified two motor vehicles which we are trialling for a range of duties including frontline operational response”.
“The trialling of the Kia Sorento continues and today we have added the new imported Holden ZB Commodore to that,” he says.
“The trial of both types of vehicles is important as SAPOL continues to grow and expands its overall fleet to provide the best possible fit for purpose vehicles.”
Intriguingly, the cars will initially be used to trial a range of colour schemes and graphic layouts. White Commodores will serve as general duties vehicles, while silver cars will serve in general traffic duties and black examples on special traffic fleets.