UK police signs up Mazda

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has chosen a number of manufacturers to supply the police with vehicles, and the Japanese manufacturer is on the list for the first time.

All 54 police forces in the UK will now take delivery of the Mazda3 hatchback, Mazda5 people carrier and Mazda6 saloon as well as the CX-7 SUV.

Out of the cars available, the Mazda3 is expected to be the most popular with police because of its top speed of 155mph from the 2.3-litre engine.

With the cars expected to be used in motorway patrols and pursuits, a quick sprint time is essential and the Mazda3 records a 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds.

Fire, NHS and the coastguard will also be able to buy Mazda vehicles, which will be modified to suit the needs of the emergency services.

Jason Jenkins, Mazda’s Regional Corporate Sales Manager, said: “Mazda has supplied cars to a number of police forces for many years. Police fleet managers have opted for our vehicles due to their reliability, responsive engines and agility.

“This is the first time that we have applied to be included within the official framework within one of the 18 police vehicle categories. We are delighted to have won approval in that category and, as a result, we anticipate that Mazda sales to police forces will increase significantly.”

The deal will be a lucrative one for Mazda. UK police forces spend an average of £83 million every year on 5,600 vehicles.

Other manufacturers chosen by the police to supply bespoke vehicles include Vauxhall and Ford.