Victoria Police will be adding 80 BMW 5 Series sedans to the operation’s Highway Patrol unit.
Could this be a sign of things to come? With the Holden Commodore soon going to a fully-imported model, police from across the country have been discussing the best possible replacement for their current fleets.
And it could just be that German cars fit the bill.
BMW has also enjoyed filling the void left by the demise of the Statesman as the Prime Minister’s official car, now comes this 80 car order in Victoria for highway patrol duties.
The deal sees BMW supply the 530d sedans through 2018.
In announcing the supply deal this evening, BMW Australia said Victoria Police selected the diesel-powered model to ensure maximum cost effectiveness.
It will be presented to Victoria Police in an entry-level specification, eschewing some of the higher-end luxuries found on the regular production model in favour of a factory-fitted ‘police pack’ which prepares the vehicle for heavy-duty operations.
While BMW also pointed out that BMW police vehicles are common in Europe.
“Lauded by media and customers alike for its combination of performance, safety and efficiency, the new BMW 5 Series range is a natural fit for police duty.” - BMW Australia CEO Marc Werner.
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