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Posted: Oct 9 2020, 11:23 PM
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I agree that the old one looked better. It's somehow "more Canadian". laugh.png


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Posted: Nov 26 2020, 01:30 PM
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I have excellent news!


With the Holden brand being discontinued next year, the New Zealand Police have had to consider a new patrol car for their fleet. After testing 12 models from 7 manufacturers, they have now chosen one: the Škoda Superb!

They will be using the station wagons in both 2WD and AWD versions. The new Superbs will be revealed early next year and should be ready for duty in April.

It may seem a bit strange that they chose the Superb, since police forces in Europe normally use the Octavia. However, New Zealanders are used to larger cars, which are still quite popular; in fact, city cars such as the Hyundai i10 and Toyota Aygo are not even sold here officially. (The Ford Ka and Škoda Citigo were, but they didn't last long.)

I'm quite partial to Škoda, so I'll be very excited to see one of these new patrol cars when they arrive! biggrin.png


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Posted: Dec 31 2020, 03:30 AM
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Good for them. I'm surprised they went with station wagon, but apparently they preferred its practicality over the liftback. I wish our police would get Superb for anything else than unmarked highway patrol, but at first they wanted to switch from Octavia to something bigger, like Kodiaqs that they have just got for "scene commanders" in Prague:

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And then they have ordered more than 1200 marked Skoda Scala patrol cars. I mean it's better than the Hyundai i30 that bid against it, and definitely better than driving around in rusting Octavia from 2008, but they wanted to upscale, and instead they downscaled. dry.png I can't but to scratch my head. Also, I can only hope that rapid response would still get Octavia at least, because the times when four officers in tactical gear climbed from Felicia are long gone. tongue.png

On the other hand, the (in)famous municipal police of Lázně Bohdaneč got tired of servicing their constantly broken Ford Kuga, and got themselves an early Christmas gift:

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Their new design is kinda wild, and literally taken off the NSW police Audi RS4, but at least it's not polizei rip-off, like what they have on Kuga. Still, it's nice to see that the idea outlived its founders. Unlike what happened in Chvaletice, where the history repeated itself, Mayor who established local police lost the elections, all officers resigned, and left, while new management sold their Charger, and bought Dacia Duster. dry.png


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Posted: Apr 29 2021, 06:13 AM
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New year, time to deliver some new police cars. And this time around it will 500 Kodiaqs out of their large order of about 1800 unmarked vehicles, converted to marked patrol cars for rural, and mountain police precincts:

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So, this way they somehow can stay true to their initial plan to upsize some police cars, especially where officers had to use a decade old Octavia, or even older Transporter living a second life after retired from the Border Police.

And here for the comparison, is one of the aforementioned Skoda Scala patrol cars:

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Still not really a fan, but I guess these are similar to US police using patrol cars like Ford Fairmont, or Chevrolet Malibu, over the fullsize ones.

Also, here's the introduction of NZ Skoda Superb patrol cars:



Really wish our traffic police got these too, or at least marked the ones they already have.


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Posted: Jul 5 2021, 04:55 PM
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I finally got to see one in real life! biggrin.png

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There are changes in the livery and equipment on the new cars:

The most noticeable change is the red and blue squares advertising the emergency and non-emergency numbers. Also, the font on the lettering is more rounded, and the red line has a circle at the top (possibly resembling a "koru", an unfurling silver fern frond).

The Superbs also have corner LEDs on the front and rear bumpers. The lightbar is a Federal Signal Integrity. Also, the siren unit is now made by the Wade group instead of Nautech.


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