Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Launching April 2011

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Police Vehicle Filmed On The Streets, Confirmed For Launch June 2011

Following the release of Images and details of the Holden-developed Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle and #39;Detective#39; variant earlier this month, GM has released footage of the WM Statesman-based saloon roaming the streets.

GM has also confirmed that the Detective variant will be shopped to enforcement agencies from October this year, and available for duty from April 2011. Orders for the full-liveried Caprice PPV begin in October, which, if successful, will see patrolling set to begin in June 2011. It remains unclear if any departments have placed orders.

The #39;9C1#39; PPV was originally revealed at Holden#39;s Port Melbourne headquarters late last year before getting its first US unveiling at the LA Auto Show in December.

The previously unseen 9C3 Detective variant has been developed specifically for use by plain-clothed police and federal agencies (meaning we might see the 9C3 in an episode of CSI in the future).

While its mechanical configuration is largely the same as the 9C1 patrol vehicle, the Detective regains its centre cupholders and more comfort-oriented front and rear seating.

Both cars are powered by GM#39;s 6.0 litre V8, producing 265kW and 384Nm and utilising Active Fuel Management and the petrol- and E85 Ethanol-friendly FlexFuel system.

While its on-paper specs would seem to put it well in the race to replace the ageing Ford Crown Victoria in US law-enforcement fleets, the Caprice is just one contender in a competitive field.

As yet, there is no ink on any supply contracts and no export deal in place. But while a decision is still some way off, Holden would clearly seem to be in with a shot.

“The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement,” Jim Campbell, General Manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations said.

“We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas.”

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Holden says the Los Angeles Police Department has had its eye on the WM-platformed Caprice for some time. If the car is selected as the force#39;s next-generation patrol vehicle, its order alone could total some 20,000 cars.

But the LAPD likely won#39;t nominate its choice of patrol car (the Caprice is up against the Chevy Impala, Ford Taurus and Dodge Charger) for a while, and a final decision isn#39;t expected until later this year.

Whether the LAPD#39;s order-slip asks for a thousand cars or ten thousand cars, Holden isn#39;t relying on Caprice exports to keep itself afloat.

At this stage we don#39;t know how many cars the police will order, Holden#39;s Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, John Elsworth said.

However, we#39;re certainly not reliant on volume. Export volume is not something we need to make Holden viable.

The Aussie-built Caprice is however tipped as the frontrunner on the LAPD#39;s shortlist.

Its more generous interior space, bigger rear door opening and powerful RWD platform give it a definite edge over the FWD Taurus and the cramped Dodge Charger.

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