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Posted: Jan 15 2017, 04:54 AM
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The retro bug seems to be contagious. The Repentigny Police Service in Québec has just painted a new Charger in their old livery for their 60th anniversary this year.

This is one of their old cars:

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... And this is the new Charger:

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They even used the same door number as the old car!

Their normal livery looks really good too:

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It would be cool if the NZ police did that. If they copied the RCMP and did two retro liveries, the first would be a plain grey car with a red Hella beacon (the 70s) and the second would be a plain white car with two blue FedSig beacons in a makeshift VisiBar setup (the 80s), unless they went the extra mile and got real VisiBars laugh.png. For the lighting, I don't think they'd go that far; they'd probably just put the old light patterns on their new Code 3 X2100s.

Sadly, they're not really interested in that sort of thing dry.png.


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Posted: Jan 15 2017, 05:35 PM
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As for the Holden, I would prefer myself if they went Buick, rather than becoming just another Vauxhall, but it can't be helped. At least GM didn't axed it, like they did with Pontiac and SAAB. dry.png

As for the Charger, that white stripe would look better if it was higher, like on the Caprice. But the straight line doesn't work well with the Charger design in the first place. It's still nice to see they are putting some effort into it though.

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mellow.png  huh.png  Did I miss something here? The Bavaria police are missing the trademark black/red/gold bull'seye cockade that goes on their visor hats..I guess they nixed that thing too dry.png BUT that was what made German police visor hats unique sad.png .

That's Bavaria you are talking about. I'm pretty sure they didn't had the cockade on their hats with the green uniform either, just the star.

So to speak, here is the reportage about the switch from green to blue in Bavaria.


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Posted: Feb 7 2017, 04:50 AM
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I do wonder if the NZ Police will use the new Commodore. I heard that BMW put in the lowest tender price a few years ago for a 5-series fleet, but the police thought that the public wouldn't like them, so they stuck with Holden huh.png. I certainly would never have guessed that BMWs would be cheaper than Holdens!

Then again, I'm kinda biased because I like European cars biggrin.png. It would be awesome to see the police using them; after all, the ambulances are mostly Mercedes-Benzes and the fire engines are generally Ivecos and Scanias!


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Posted: Feb 7 2017, 03:45 PM
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For me I wish they'd stick to lightbars, This new LED crap is just not as nice looking, They love them though cause it's almost invisible and they can sneak up on ya tongue.png. laugh.png .

Give me a good ole VisiBar,AeroDynic,TwinSonic,Whelen 8000,Whelen Edge 9000,JetSonic,Smith&Wesson,Code 3 MX7000,or Code 3 LoPro any ole day biggrin.png wink.png.

For German things Hella RTK series 1-6 .


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Posted: Feb 9 2017, 04:17 PM
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You'll like this, then:



I just found it a few minutes ago. I don't like the "rotating" imitation much, but it's a cool idea.

I don't much like the clear LED lightbars either; they make it a bit hard to know the lightbars colours when making mods tongue.png. I also think that coloured lenses increase visibility. If the police are giving their cars bright, reflective markings to increase visibility, why not have coloured lightbars? I think it's really cool that the NYSP still uses them biggrin.png.

By the way, a detective TV series was made in New Zealand recently; a couple of the prop cars used LP6000s happy.png, even though they were late models.


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Posted: Feb 9 2017, 05:41 PM
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Cool idea for sure. I have personally always liked clear light bars... not sure why though. maybe its because they just look very modern. LED lightbars in general are cool and although I do like this idea something just does not seem right.


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Posted: Feb 13 2017, 12:53 AM
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Interesting. For a moment I thought that they are Canadian agency too. laugh.png

As for the 'rotating' LEDs, it's not as impressive as Vision SLR, but the price will definitely be elsewhere. wink.png
And here in Europe we already have the experience with moving LED light thanks to French legislature.


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Posted: Apr 14 2017, 04:43 AM
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And it's here! The new purpose-built police special, that our dear police president was talking about, is finally here! laugh.png

















Well, actually it's just Czech BMW doing the same thing as the other dealerships around the world, and lending these cars to the police for free as part of self-promotion. cool.png


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Posted: Apr 18 2017, 03:55 PM
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It seems that Vošický heard my previous rants, and strikes back. So there will be even more variety... And I will have to deal with his smug mug for a while... Because the next patrol car of the national police will become the Hyundai Tucson. Eight hundreds of them! wacko.gif

Ironically enough, the initial selection was for six hundreds of sedan, hatchback and/or combi patrol cars. But when Hyundai outbid Skoda by offering the Tucson with 70% discount, it not only blown Skoda out of the water, but police presidium decided to actually make use of it, and ordered two hundred more. dry.png

I am afraid that this pretty much killed any plans that our police president might have had with the so called "police special", unless Skoda can come up with something like offering the Superb for the price of Fabia, or whatever... sleep.png

For Hyundai it was quite bold move though. While they are now facing the lawsuit filed by Skoda, for offering the unspecified vehicle, for what is clearly a dumping price, contract got signed already, and now we will see these cars everywhere. Not to mention that Vošický killed two birds with one stone, because while the Tucson will be initially replacing the Octavia patrol cars bought in the past ten years, it will also become strong argument against any potential purchase of new Skoda SUVs in the near future. mad.png


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Posted: Apr 18 2017, 05:53 PM
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I've driven a brand-new Tucson, they're actually pretty good. It was only a short drive, so I didn't have a chance to get used to it (and it was part of an advanced driving course so I wasn't concentrating on the car); but first impressions were good.

At least the Czech police are being thrifty with public money. As I mentioned earlier, BMW recently offered the NZ Police a lower tender than Holden, but the police stayed with Holden anyway, even though they're not really great cars. I guess they'll have no choice next time biggrin.png, unless "Holden"(Opel) offers an even lower price.

Then again, Since Opel and Vauxhall are about to be sold to PSA, I wonder what will become of the 2018 Commodore (and the Astra and Insignia), since Opel designed and built them?


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Posted: Apr 18 2017, 07:38 PM
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Tucson is a swan in comparison to the ugly duckling that was the ix35, but I'm still mad that Vošický just keep getting away with being pain in the ass. dry.png


Skoda still have all the right to contest that contract. Not that it will help them in any way, except that Hyundai would get a nice fine imposed on them. tongue.png

And for Hyundai it was purely marketing move. Matter of prestige. Not only they are replacing the Skoda as main police car on the home market, they also literally make sure that Skoda won't get any chance to offer their new SUVs to the national police anytime soon.


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