• Feb 26, 2009
Police agencies across the United States are chock full of Crown Victoria cruisers. In all, there are over 80,000 Crown Vics on patrol, but the generations-old cruiser is finally getting consigned to history within the next year. That leaves a huge opening to any company that has a suitable replacement, and an Australian company thinks it has what it takes. Melbourne's National Safety Agency is working on newer, safer and more efficient technology for large markets like the US, UK and Canada, and they have a very solid partner in Holden. Holden builds both the Commodore and the Pontiac G8, giving the NSA both left and right hand drive RWD vehicles with powerful engine options. The very capable GM models also adhere to safety and emissions standards in several high volume markets.

The NSA has built a Pontiac G8 police cruiser prototype for an upcoming meeting with the LAPD and the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials, with several police-specific technologies on-board, including a integrated computer mounted into the dash. The G8 will also employs safety technology to keep officers safer, while also reducing the considerable costs that go into retrofitting a vehicle for police duty. Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

[Source: CarPoint]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The base model G8 V6 is already faster than the top-of-the-line Crown Vic Police Interceptor. All it needs is heavier springs up front, and a load-leveling system in the rear to handle the heavy load of equipment that police hump around these days.
      Frankly, though, it'd be better to bring over the slightly longer Caprice version of the platform.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even an Toyota Avalon or a Nissan Maxima might work well as a cop car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't believe that one vehicle fits the all the different needs of all the different law enforcement agencies. It is difficult to conceive that a patrol car or cruiser should be the same as a detective's car (although I admit I really don't know their needs). However, a law enforcement car destined for traffic easily needs a strong, spacious shell for all its heavy equipment and tech gear, as well as all the performance and handling we can give it. I'm not convinced the G8 isn't that car.

      But for all the other jobs that don't require a spacious, indestructible car, let us consider other vehicles that are A) more fuel efficient, B) have less environmental impact, on all levels, and C) can be even more reliable, especially in fleet numbers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      doesn't really look too good as a cruiser. maybe unmarked..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bothered reading the article and only care about where it stated they were marketing this to U.S market which I feel is pointless. I'm not saying it doesn't make sense elsewhere in the world but for most U.S. cities it's overkill. I could maybe see for highway patrols but there is no need for cities like NYC or L.A. or small towns across the U.S. to have amped up performance sedans.

      I just feel in the North American market it's a bad fit. It seems as if it's more image than utility. I personally don't care what a police car looks like or how fast it goes. My concern is that the car be safe, economical, comfortable and be able to hold two officers, their equipment and a couple idiots in back.

      Just curious and not trying to be a jerk but what makes the Crown Vic junk? Everything you said about the Holden fullsize cars applies to the Crown Vic in my veiw. Many rural communities use them and have awful roads if any. If you drive through the midwest even the paved roads are beyond awful and many police vehicles are Crown Vics or Tahoe/Expeditions. NYC cabs are also mostly Crown Vics and it's fram underpins majority of the limos in North America as well because they have been so durable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ultimate sleeper/stealth-cruiser = driving the same thing the cops drive

      Make it happen and I'll pick up a G8 GXP for my next ride
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still like the Carbon Motors prototype the best for First Responders; a purpose-built vehicle designed for longterm durability and all the tech they could ask for. The Crown Vic needs up to $55,000 in upgrades for most Police units. If garbage collectors and EMTs get purpose-designed vehicles, why not Police?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It sure screams "DONT **** WITH ME!" loud enough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks pretty mean!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holdens are exceptionally durable, much more so than the Crown Victoria which is literally rolling junk from the 1980s and Ford is phasing it out.

      Fullsize Holden cars have been used for generations for law enforcement in Australia and New Zealand in many places where there aren't even roads. These cars can take a huge beating and keep their structural rigidity and performance intact.

      Holden's export program is screwed with the global downturn and the G8 contract GM gave them failed right out of the gate. If they can tap a good portion of the law enforcement market in the US it would help keep their line running and amortize the costs of the G8 program.

      Also if you bother to read the article they aren't just selling the US on this police car. They are marketing it to Canada, Europe and any other country where GM does buisness. This is potentially a good market for Holden and they do affordable RWD better than any other company on Earth.

      Also don't worry about resale on the G8, it already sucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford AU does a pretty good RWD too... they just need to throw the steering wheel on the other side.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here in Mississauga and Brampton (two suburbs of Toronto), almost all of the police cars are now white Chargers with black wheels. And they look bada**.


        • 5 Years Ago
        Grey unmarked cruisers? Sure it's not the FBI Buffalo coming to rat you out?

        (Does anyone get what I mean at all?)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tony2X

        Steve made a reference to the game Grand Theft Auto IV where in the game if you get 5? stars, the FBI sends their "Buffalo" cruisers which look just like unmarked Chargers. There is also 4 FBI agents in each one with guns blazing out the windows lol.

        I like the idea of G8 cruisers(I own a G8 GT) but I'm not sure if it will happen. They would have to ramp up production again which IIRC they cut dramatically. And then people would know what a G8 is and I can't have that lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea down in South FL (Fort Lauderdale, particularly) they're using Chargers more and they have these gray unmarked Chargers. They're pretty hard to spot, especially to the untrained eye. The only thing that would really set em off is the tint (but there are plenty of tinted Chargers down there) and the lights in the grill if you can see em
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think I saw a Magnum police vehicle near Guelph. I've also seen Tahoe Sheriff's vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't, could you explain?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Australian cops use V8 Holden and Falcon in highways and use Subaru WRX in the city. The V8 great for chasing in straight lines and has great top speed while the WRX and AWD great for city chase. I heard their minimum target is they must able to chase a Porsche in city and highway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No you're wrong. WRX's are rarely used as cop cars.

        Don't just guess you idiot.
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