• Aug 14th 2007 at 3:34PM
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While Michigan cops are switching over from Crown Vics to Impalas, the UK police are holding fast with their police cruisers and have debuted the redesigned Volvo V70 in police spec with a new livery. Volvo touts the V70's interior space and increased payload capacity of 724kg (up from 539kg in a standard model) as reasons why bobbies in the UK favor the V70, telling us that these features "ensure that the vehicle can safely transport all the equipment necessary for modern policing, including heavy firearms when the situation demands." Boo-yah. So don't go approaching any V70s that look like this in the UK if you're itching for a fight. Chances are they're packing a lot of heat in their rear underfloor lockable storage area.

[Source: Volvo]



The all-new Volvo V70, the next generation of one of the police force's most popular vehicles, makes its UK debut in full police specification and livery at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers (NAPFM) conference and exhibition at Wroughton on 14 and 15 August.

The all new V70 police car will be unveiled by Lennart Stegland, President of Volvo Special Vehicles, at 13:30 on 14 August, allowing guests the opportunity to see the car fully prepared for police use ahead of its official production in November 2007.

With over 40 years experience, the new Volvo police specification model maintains the current V70's reputation for strength and reliability but also offers an improved chassis to enhance driving characteristics as well as introducing more benefits for police use such as an increased payload, more legroom and a reduced turning circle.

Sarah Tottle, Special Vehicles Manager, Volvo Car UK, said: "The Volvo V70 has always been much in demand by police forces across the UK, particularly among road policing units. The new model can only enhance its reputation as an essential police vehicle."

One of the key benefits of the new police vehicle is its impressive payload of 724kg (modified from the 539kg for standard production) in the D5 diesel model. This, combined with a larger load space in the rear and a clever underfloor lockable storage area, ensures that the vehicle can safely transport all the equipment necessary for modern policing, including heavy firearms when the situation demands.

Its intelligent cabin design allows more leg and shoulder room and also provides optimum comfort for road policing officers who spend long hours in the driving seat, often wearing heavy and bulky body armour. The new Volvo V70 also benefits from a reduced turning circle (from 11.9m to 11.2m), improving manoeuvrability in the tightest of spaces.

Volvo will also present its new Swedish police V70 "Turnkey" solution – a car built and equipped in the Volvo factory to Swedish police specification. Volvo Special Vehicles is currently working with Fleet Managers to create a similar "Turnkey" solution for the UK police, which can produce a road policing car fitted out ready for service in around eight weeks.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yep, they're not bad cars either the V70's. Bloody fast too.

      Not to mention the UK has a whole host of different cop cars for different purposes. Usually Vauxhall Corsa's and Vauxhall Astra's for the domestic copper, while traffic police can get the Volvo's and high performance cars such as the Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru Impreza. While motorway patrols tend to get fully equipped Range Rovers :P
        • 8 Years Ago
        Cam you hit the nail on the head.

        They use normal Vauxhalls for the normal policing work.
        Land Rovers for motorway safety tasks.
        Volvos and BMWs for fast pursuit cars *MARKED*

        Then a whole host of different cars for motorway driving. Such as the Subaru's, Evo's
        They even have unmarked Skodas! You can spot these people, look out for strange stuff sticking on the car or in the back window.

        Also I should add the medical cars that work with the Land Rovers on safety dutys are most likey to be Volvos.

      • 8 Years Ago
      When I was in Germany 88-90 they used Ford Sierras.
      This cas was knowen as the Mercur XR4TI over here.

      Volvo,Bmw and Mercedes are common cars in Europe!
      70-80s BMW 320s bleched blue smoke all over the place. Much like the old Vega.
      One guy I knew had an Audi. His parents wrote him and said that he had a fancy car when they found out it was an Audi. In truth it was an old beater that was just a common car in its day. I took a Taxi once it was a Mercedes.
      These companies sell their high end cars here.
      Our perception is greater than what the cars really are.

      I remember some GI had a red 1977 Corvette parked off base. There were five German guys standing around it in amazement.
      The securty police got a new Impala. The German mechanics were really checking it out. They liked the RWD V8. But all said it was too big and thirsty . They did like the car though.
      Opel had a Manta GTE that the Germans loved like our Camero here. It was a fast car.

      We all think what don`t have is better than what we have.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sure the V70 makes a fine police cruiser, but those damn colors remind me of horseracing at Del Mar!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ow! My EYES!!!! It's burning MY EYES!!!!
        • 8 Years Ago
        Color scheme only the Partridge family could love.

        "Hello world it's a song that we're singing..."
      • 8 Years Ago
      I went to high school in Topsham, Maine, and for years the police there used Volvos. The local Volvo dealer in Topsham was very influential, and even campaigned a Volvo WAGON at the racetrack!

      I drove through the town recently and sadly, they've switched to the much more conventional Crown Vic.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Well Rambo, they were mostly Volvo 240's as I recall, not even close to $50,000. More expensive than a domestic cruiser, yes, but the word in town was that they were great winter cars and lasted longer.

        Now when I visited Ireland about seven years ago, I saw FORD ESCORT police cars. That was an odd sight to my American eyes...
        • 8 Years Ago
        Sadly? I would rather the state and local governments spend my tax dollars on a more affordable domestic police cars. Something about cops driving around in $50K Swedish luxury cars that I pay for makes me angry!
        • 8 Years Ago
        Rambo: $50K Swedish luxury cars? What kind of car could UK police that's of a similar size? A Crown Vic? Don't have em. I think a Volvo's a good choice...
      • 8 Years Ago
      police get some nice cars in the UK, devon & cornwall police have started to ditch the volvos and are using BMW 535d estates (wagon, for american ears) for traffic duties, at least one is unmarked. they also have a couple of unmarked ford focus ST's (a silver one and a black one, for anyone who's in the area), a skoda octavia VRS (unmarked, black), and one or two decaled up subaru impretzas. for general patrol cars they usually use ford focuses though
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