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Vauxhall Insignia police cruiser – Click above for high-res image

Badged alternately as an Opel (Europe), Vauxhall (UK), Chevrolet Vectra (South America) or Buick Regal (North America and China), GM's Insignia has been gaining traction around the world. But the latest version isn't targeted at private consumers: it's a police cruiser.

Developed with the Intelligent Transportations Systems Working Group of the Association of Chief Police Officers (APCO) in the UK, this Vauxhall Insignia was just recently unveiled at the annual exposition of the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB). Whether the acronyms mean anything to you or not, the Insignia police car packs a new feature called Single Vehicle Architecture. SVA doesn't refer to the car's platform or chassis, but rather to a standardized electronics system that will allow police equipment manufacturers to install all manner of special equipment without having to rewire the entire car.

Examples of equipment capable of installation include automatic license plate recognition systems and data recorders, as well as the usual suspects from sirens to comm radios. Follow the jump for the full press release.

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- Vauxhall Insignia equipped with One Box 'Single Vehicle Architecture' (SVA) is unveiled at Home Office exhibition
- SVA is a major advance for emergency vehicle fitment

Luton – A police specification Vauxhall Insignia became the first vehicle to showcase the highly-anticipated Single Vehicle Architecture (SVA) at the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) exhibition.

Vauxhall's Special Vehicles Operation team has been developing SVA with the Association of Chief Police Officers Intelligent Transportations Systems Working Group (ACPO ITS). The production of the demonstration Insignia represents a major leap forwards in the simplification of equipping police vehicles.

More than just a technology, SVA provides a standardised specification to which all manufacturers and suppliers can adhere, allowing them to produce common wiring for equipment and connection points in emergency vehicles. This will enable plug and play of electronics, reducing the time needed for equipping and decommissioning police vehicles.

"For police vehicles, Single Vehicle Architecture will be hugely significant," said Dick Ellam, Manager Vehicle Conversions for Vauxhall. "The UK has some of the most advanced police vehicles in the world; with features such as automatic number plate recognition and detailed data recording instruments. This has meant that installing these systems in cars was extremely difficult, and each car has until now needed to be installed in a different way depending on the needs of each individual police force. Single Vehicle Architecture will eliminate this complexity."

This major development has earned Vauxhall the coveted honour of being invited onto the ACPO stand for a second year in a row. Last year at HOSDB, Vauxhall announced its ongoing work with the Metropolitan Police Services Team in the development of the One Box Single Vehicle Architecture. Since then, Vauxhall's Special Vehicles Operation team – based at Millbrook in Bedfordshire – has been working with a number of partners on behalf of ACPO, to study the future of equipment installation in police vehicles. This year it has delivered the first police vehicle to be fully equipped with SVA.

"It is a great honour to demonstrate SVA on our Insignia at such an influential show, particularly in partnership with an organisation as well-regarded as ACPO," said Dick.

"We were also delighted to be able to show our British-built Astra to so many of the leaders in today's law enforcement industry."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Chevrolet Vectra in South America is not the Opel Insignia, but the Opel Astra H. And the Chevrolet Astra sold there is the Opel Astra G. Quite old cars, don't you think?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Insignia is on police duty since 2009... little late autoblog..

      The first were handed to swiss Gendamerie in late 2009

      thats how the Polizei Insignia looks in Germany

      the Polizei in the german state Hessen (home of Opel) use the Insignia..


      Hessen Polizei ordered 800 Insignia from Opel/GM
      • 4 Years Ago
      And just to be pernicky, Autoblog, the South American Chevy Vectra isn't based on the Insignia, but the Astra.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We've had these on the road for about a year now. Way better than the Rovers back in the 90's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else first read that as "boobies"??

      Hooray for Immature Wednesday!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what kind of firepower is available for the rozzers under the bonnet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not enough to worry about, I would assume. Wouldn't be surprised if it's a small diesel under-hood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The highway patrol in the UK use Volvo V70 2.5T's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My first thought was hmm not the best image for an aspiring entry level luxury sedan but then remembered that BMW's are used as both cop cars and taxi's in Germany with no ill effect on brand image.

      Vauxhall does extremely well in Britain with the Corsa, Astra and Insignia in the top 10 best selling cars there.

      If only Americans would support domestic brands with such gusto their economy might be that much better...
        • 4 Years Ago
        "It's more Opel than Vauxhall. There's a small division in the UK, Germany is where most of the work is done. I consider Opel a German company, the Vauxhall is just a badge."

        The Insignia was developed by GM Europe. Most of the development work was carried out in Germany, but a good deal of technical work was carried out at Vauxhall's Milbrook technical centre. Both Opel and Vauxhall are companies, both are separate legal entities. Vauxhall contracts with Renault to build commercial vehicles, using both Vauxhall and Opel badging.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cops use BMWs in Germany (and other countries) because they are extremely safe in high speed crashes with amazing handling. They also are all small diesel I-4 engines in their cars with a manual. Taxis use them because just like here, they buy them after police duty and its easy to maintain and get a large vehicle with great mileage at a cheap price.

        Vauxhall's are popular, but the top seed always went to Ford in UK. The Fiesta always sold more then the Corsa (by almost 50% more) and the older Focus was starting to be on par with the new Astra in sales until the new Focus came out. And the Insignia didn't make it as often to be considered Top 10.

        American's don't stay brand loyal because most are educated and let the best bang for their buck play a role into their decision. With leasing being an always attractive option for financing, we also look at cars who have great residual value (something the American built cars until recently didn't have.) So all though I love how the American cars have stepped up their game, They aren't taking home all the crowns yet.

        Competition = Better Products. Lets just hope the American cars are leading the competition soon.