Perhaps reflecting the changing nature of the Sydney suburb of Newton, on the fringe of the CBD and once decidedly blue-collar but these days very cosmopolitan and trendy, a Mini Clubman has joined the fleet at the local police station.
Adorned in the NSW Police colour scheme, the Mini Clubman is an ideal vehicle to navigate Newtown’s often narrow streets.
Fans of the two hit movies The Italian Job may be horrified that the Mini has traded places and is now used by the local constabulary but Newtown’s Detective Chief Inspector Crime Manager Damian Goodfellow reckons the compact police vehicle will be popular with local residents.
“We know it will be a great conversation starter as it will turn a lot of heads and generate a lot of interest in our local area; it’s such a great looking car,” Mr Goodfellow said.
As with other high-profile squad cars in the past, that have varied from a Fiat 500, Audi A7 Sportback, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, and even a McLaren 650S and Aston Martin Vanquish pair in different jurisdictions around the country over the years, the Clubman is only visiting for comminity liaison work and in this instance is provided by Mini Garage Sydney, with no cost to NSW taxpayers.
Mini Garage Sydney was also instrumental in providing a BMW i8 electric sports car for use by the nearby Rose Bay Local Area Command last year – a most appropriate vehicle for that swanky area not far from the harbourside home of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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