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Trevor Collett | Sep, 30 2015 | 21 Comments

With the days numbered for the locally-built Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, Australian police forces are now forced to consider where they’ll turn for patrol and pursuit cars.

Toyota’s local Aurion and Camry are also set to go, as is the Ford Territory and Holden’s Cruze.

While the full extent of manufacturer's model plans is unknown at this stage, one model that may live on post-2017 - as a full import - is the Holden Cruze.

And Victoria Police has decided to try the small car in its patrol fleet.

From October, a number of Cruze SRi sedans will join the patrol fleet on Victorian roads. This sees Victoria join the likes of Mexico, Malaysia and Russia which already use the Cruze for police duties.

The SRi is powered by a warmed-up 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 132kW and 230Nm, matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Holden’s Executive Director Of Sales, Peter Keley, said Holden had been working closely with Victoria Police to identify new vehicles that were capable of doing the job.

“Cruze has all the attributes to make it an excellent patrol car - its city-friendly size and power combined with its specific tuning for Australian roads ensures the police are in good hands,” Mr Keley said.

“We are very proud of our strong relationship with Victoria Police and are very confident these Holden vehicles will perform extremely well.”

Holden sold 1216 Cruzes last month, and although sales are healthy, figures are down 17.6 percent on the same time last year.

Fleet sales to Victoria Police will no doubt provide a welcome boost to these numbers.

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