Vauxhall wins contract to supply to police

Vauxhall will deliver the Vauxhall Corsa, Astra and Insignia cars as well as the Combo, Vivaro and Movano vans to Chiltern Transport Consortium and North East region constabularies after winning the tender to supply the force.

After deciding to focus on local supply, Head of the Chiltern Transport Consortium Sam Sloan, said: "It brings substantial advantages but does demand the supply of the right mix of vehicles, the right whole life costs and the right back-up. As such, our congratulations go to Vauxhall for being successful in its bid to win the highest volume categories of the tender."

All brands bidding to supply the vehicles were assessed on a wide range of areas including financial, warranty, parts supply and technical evaluations of the vehicles in question.

All vehicles will be revamped to include all the necessary electronics and other bespoke equipment needed by police forces from Yorkshire and the North East.

Dick Ellam, manager Vauxhall Special Vehicles said: "To be selected for exclusive supply into categories which require the highest volume of vehicles is a resounding endorsement of the value for money, whole life costs and suitability of the Vauxhall model range and turnkey options."

Vauxhall will supply 800 to 900 vehicles each year of the four-year contract to local police fleets. Police in Thames Valley, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northumbria, Yorkshire and other North East areas will benefit from the Vauxhall deal.

Recently, Vauxhall demonstrated its police vehicles to the French police and the fleet managers behind the selection of vehicles as it looked to expand its specialist fleet sales into the European market.