Vauxhall Special Vehicles recently showcased the largest range of vehicles from a single manufacturer at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers annual conference on 25 and 26 September in Peterborough.
The conference and exhibition featured a main Vauxhall stand plus three low-carbon vehicles in the Eco Zone. Police vehicles were on display alongside civilian vehicles and there was the first UK showing of the Mokka, which arrives in showrooms in November 2012.
Industry ‘firsts’ on the Vauxhall stand included an Insignia with a tablet dock in the dashboard, and a Vivaro police support unit that can beam live footage to other vehicles, including an Insignia and a Movano protected support unit. Vauxhall’s award-winning Police Ampera, with internal and external cameras, and technology which predicts future crime hotspots, was also on display.
Vauxhall is at the forefront of wireless emergency services controller area network (CAN) technology in police vehicles, where it provides significant cost savings. Also showcased was an Astra which uses this new technology and complies with Association of Chief Police Officers Intelligent Transport Solutions standards, single-vehicle architecture and new European CAN standard CIA 447.
The Eco Zone stand featured civilian vehicles including European Car of the Year, the Vauxhall Ampera, a Corsa with CO2 emissions of just 88g/km and the new Vauxhall Hydrogen-4 fuel cell concept.
“We ha[d] the largest and most impressive range of police vehicles at the event this year,” said Dick Ellam, Vauxhall Special Vehicles Manager, “which reinforces our position as the UK largest supplier of police vehicles. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to show the wide range of products and cutting-edge technology Vauxhall has to offer police forces. Our strategy is to provide affordable technology to support police fleets in these times of financial austerity.”
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