Hyundai, Preferred Supplier for the UK Police

It took two years for the National Association of Police Fleet Managers to decide on what manufacturer they will grant the preferred supplier status and at least for one of those manufacturers, the wait has been worth while.

After looking closely and carefully at elements like the purchase and running costs, performance, quality and resale value, the aforementioned police organization decided this weekend that it likes the cars built by South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. The carmaker received, as a consequence, the green light. For the UK police, this may only mean new cars, but for Hyundai the announcement is of major importance.

UK police departments are now allowed to buy Hyundai cars and vans. With some 7,800 vehicles purchased by the police each year in London alone, having a document which certifies you're good to enter service might be the thing needed to hit the jackpot.

“Anyone buying a car needs to make sure that they are getting the best possible package for their money,”
said Hyundai UK managing director Tony Whitehorn.

“That’s especially true when you are buying thousands of vehicles and spending taxpayers’ money! The quality, reliability, resale value and performance of Hyundai vehicles has shone through and they’ve been given the green light to carry a blue light.”

According to Hyundai, the cars they expect to sell the most to the police are the i20, i30, ix35, Santa Fe and iLoad van. There's no estimate on how much money this means for the South Korean carmaker, but the market exposure benefits are obvious.
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