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Holden Cruze on police patrol
Give it arrest: Victoria’s smallest police car, the Holden Cruze, is about to hit the streets.
Cruze to join Commodore on the beat as Victorian Police cop more Holdens for patrol
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28 September 2015
VICTORIA Police will send a fleet of Holden Cruze sedans out on patrol from
next month, joining law enforcers from Malaysia, Mexico and Russia who also use
General Motors’ global small car to keep crime off the streets.
Fitted out with full police equipment, livery and lights, the Cruze SRi sedans
will be used alongside other locally made sedans, SUVs, wagons and ute-based
divvy vans that will be phased out following the end of Australian
manufacturing in 2017.
Unlike the overwhelmingly large-engined Aussie-made alternatives, the Cruze –
built alongside the Commodore at Elizabeth in South Australia – is powered by
a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that promises to save fuel while
remaining nippy on urban streets.
Holden executive director of sales Peter Keley said the company was “very proud
of our strong relationship with Victoria Police”.
“Cruze has all the attributes to make it an excellent patrol car. Its
city-friendly size and power combined with its specific tuning for Australian
roads ensures the police are in good hands,” he said. “We are very confident
these Holden vehicles will perform extremely well.”
The Victorian police deal is unlikely to arrest sliding Cruze sales across
Australia, which are down 17.6 per cent to the end of August with 10,409
registered compared with 12,633 the same time last year – which was in turn
down 27.1 per cent on 2013 figures.
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