Vauxhall Astra signs multi-million police car deal 0

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Luton-based Vauxhall has signed a multi-million pound deal to supply 2,000 models to the UK Police force. Including 1,200 new Astra’s, 28 forces nationwide will be using the Griffin badge to chase down criminals.

The deal will last two years, with six of the UK’s fire-and-rescue services also being included. This will make Vauxhall the most-used car brand by the UK Police force, totalling 60% of that market. The deal is also one of the largest fleet partnerships in the UK.

It seems one of the main reasons Vauxhall was chosen was because of its new OnStar service. The connected in-car tech is a popular new addition to the Vauxhall range and it looks like the Police are after some connectivity as well. The press release reads: “All Astra models can be equipped with the ground-breaking OnStar technology which keeps the car connected via satellite and cellular networks, turning the vehicle in to a high-speed 4G LTE mobile hub with connectivity for up to seven smartphones or tablets. OnStar even includes a Police-spec ignition block, which can be triggered remotely in the event of a vehicle being stolen.”

Vauxhall chairman and managing director Rory Harvey said: “We are delighted to supply the Police with this huge order. Efficiency is a top priority for all Police forces and the investment made in these Vauxhalls will mean officers spend more time preventing crime”.

The power under the hood hasn’t been revealed yet but it’s suspected that the Astra models will be the 1.6 CTDi diesels. The other models to be supplied to the crime-fighting fleet include Corsas, Insignias and Brit-built Vivaro vans.

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