British cops have chosen the Ford Kuga and Transit Custom as their vehicles of choice for 2016.
In a total deal comprising 1,100 vehicles, police forces across the country have recognised the Kuga’s all-wheel drive capability and versatility of the iconic Ford Transit.
Kuga and Transit
First the UK’s northern consortium of 22 police forces ordered 680 Ford models, including 120 Kuga SUVs and 560 Transit Custom medium vans. Half of the Transit Customs will be supplied by Ford as cell vans, converted by its Special Vehicle Preparation (SVP) operation into a vehicle capable of securely transporting two detainees, accompanied by up to five police officers.
The Ford Kuga and Transit Custom were also top of the SUV and van wish list of the country’s southern consortium, which includes six fire services as well as 28 police forces. They also added 110 Ford Transit Connect light vans and 30 Ranger pick-ups to the 80 Kugas and 200 Transit Customs which made up their Ford order.
“Ford has a long history of working with emergency services spanning 50 years,” said Terry Adams, Ford direct sales manager. “The stylish and capable Ford Kuga has established itself as their rural beat car of choice with all-important all-wheel drive necessary for winter conditions.”
Legendary broadcaster and dog owner, James Whale, visited Ford SVP, in Essex, to see how Mondeos are converted into dog units and to be introduced to the new Kuga police SUV and freshly finished Ford Focus ST patrol car. The addition of a diesel estate to the Focus ST range last year attracted great interest from the police in its combined performance, fuel economy and generous load space – prompting SVP’s special build of a one-off demonstrator.