SA Police to use Holden ZB Commodore as new highway patrol vehicle
SA Police will replace their outgoing models with the Holden ZB Commodore RS V6 AWD, using the now-imported models as their new general duties and highway patrol vehicles.
According to the press release, Holden has been supplying the majority of police vehicles in South Australia since 1948. The 2018 ZB Commodore RS V6 AWD offers a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes standard with safety features such as pedestrian protection system, autonomous emergency braking, and lane keep assist.
Holden’s director of sales, Peter Keley, said:
“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.
“Holden’s Australian engineers have worked collaboratively with SA Police to ensure this vehicle meets the leading safety and performance requirements needed for modern policing and importantly to ensure it is the safest vehicle possible to protect their frontline officers.
“We’re proud to see the new Commodore wearing the South Australian Police livery and look forward to seeing it in action on roads across South Australia.”
This news comes as Queensland Police and NSW Police recently announced they will be replacing their former Australian-built models – which included the Holden VF II Commodore, Ford FG X Falcon, and Toyota Aurion – with the BMW 530d, Chrysler 300 SRT, and Kia Stinger 330Si.
Regarding the Kia Stinger, Queensland Police Minister, Mark Ryan, said:
“It was not a big step at all once we had begun the investigation process. Reading what the experts had to say, and seeing how efficiently the Stinger was changing minds and perceptions once people had been exposed to it – it was not a difficult decision. You often hear Police Ministers talking about providing the best equipment for those at the coal face. In this case I truly believe we have been able to do that.”