Lexus GS and RX Hybrids Joining Australian Police

NSW Police with new Lexus Hybrids 4 photos
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Dubai Police has supercars, UK officers have Vauxhall Astras, US highway patrol has Dodge Chargers and Australia will have Lexus hybrids. Well, not all police forces there will benefit from the deal, as the contract is currently addressing the New South Wales (NSW) Police.
Lexus Australia partnered with NSW Police to provide them two hybrid models, a 2014 GS and RX 450h. Don’t worry though; they won’t get involved in high-speed chases - that’s what V8 Holdens are for.

Instead, the police will use them to patrol the state’s Southern Region, which stretches from the Royal National Park on Sydney’s outskirts through the snowfields. Yes, the official ski-seasons starts in the area and extra regional police forces will be deployed to ensure tourists’ safety.

"Road safety remains one of the top priorities for police, and unique cars like a Lexus are a great way to engage with the community and discuss safe driver behavior," Inspector Jim Fryday said. "The Lexus hybrids will give us an opportunity to talk to people on an informal basis and hopefully make a positive impression about police and what we do.”

One of the hybrids is said to patrol the area, wearing a police-specific high-visibility wrap to remind motorist to drive carefully, while the second car will be used at sporting events, including NRL and NBL in the Illawarra, V8 Supercars at Bathurst and Sydney as well as community events throughout southern NSW.

Well, judging on our experience with both the Lexus GS and RX, the New South Wales police is in for a treat. Those quiet luxurious interiors will keep the passengers comfy while the 345 hp respectively 300 hp hybrid powertrains will supply enough grunt for the job and a more than decent fuel consumption.
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