New Vauxhall Astra Police Car Hits UK Streets

The Vauxhall Astra has been in police use since it was first launched in 1979, and the new generation model has now joined the force as well. According to Vauxhall, about one in five medium-sized police car operated by British police forces are Astras, many of them equipped by the carmaker’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) facility.

Before hitting British roads, the Astra and its systems have undergone a rigorous test programme.

The new Astra is available with an instrument console with integrated switch panels configured for Police radio header units such as the Cleartone, Motorola, Sepura and Icom.

The police version of the car also features increased capacity for fitting further emergency service equipment, such as mobile data terminals, video capture and multiple transceivers, into the vehicle’s interior without the need for custom trim installations.

The typical range of emergency services lighting options are also available including a range of LED lightbars, headlamp flash, grille lights, bumper interceptor lights and rear reds.

"With the new Astra, Vauxhall is offering the UK's Police constabularies a vehicle which is not only superior dynamically to its predecessor but which also has the scope for much improved integration with the systems law enforcement demands,”
Vauxhall’s manager of vehicle conversions Dick Ellam said in a release.

“We are particularly proud that this integration allows the devices needed by the Police service to be mounted within the standard architecture of the car's interior. The new Astra is the complete package for the emergency services,"
Ellam added.
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