Holden Debuts New Police Van

While most global carmakers are showing their latest contraptions at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, Holden continues its usual business and launches Victoria's newest division van. The car is based on the 2010 VW Omega Ute, so it incorporates the same advanced safety features seen on the standard model, including a total of six airbags.

"Holden worked very closely with the Victoria Police and Bellmont to design, develop, test and build what is a state-of-the-art workhorse for modern policing," Holden’s Chairman and Managing Director Alan Batey, said. "With six airbags and a range of driver aids including Electronic Stability Program we are very confident in this vehicle’s real world safety capabilities. Coupled with a purpose-designed policing pod, it is a winning combination."

"We're delighted these advances will help improve the safety of police officers as they carry out their duties."

The Australian manufacturer will supply around 200 divisional vans to the Victoria Police, with the very first units to be delivered later this year in November.

"We've been working with Victoria Police for more than 50 years and this divisional van takes that great relationship to a new level," Batey said. "This vehicle demonstrates the ability of our design and engineering teams to work with local suppliers to develop innovative products for specific market needs."

The car's pod is made of corrosive resistant, strong and lightweight materials that contribute to the fuel efficiency and engine performance.

“The pod is designed to transfer onto multiple base vehicles over the many years of expected service,”
Bellmont’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Andy Balmain, said. “With such a long term service life, there are significant cost benefits of this multiple life capability that make it very attractive to fleet customers both large and small.”
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