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Falc'man
2nd June 2014, 10:50 AM
Australian highway patrol police could soon be Mad Max cops with Ford Mustangs on the cards

1 day ago June 01, 2014 12:00AM

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HIGHWAY patrol officers could soon look like a modern version of Mad Max — roaming our roads in Ford Mustangs.

With Ford and Holden ending production of their high performance Falcons and Commodores over the next three years, police forces across Australia are grappling with what to use next to catch high-speed criminals.

The Ford Mustang is the only V8 so far confirmed for Ford or Holden showrooms once the homegrown sedans switch to four-cylinder power similar to a Toyota Camry by the end of 2017.

The new Mustang due in Australia in 2016 may seem a fanciful choice, but with an estimated price of $50,000 it’s expected to cost about the same as the current highway patrol cars.

A statement from Ford Australia said: “We cannot discuss private dealings with our fleet customers but we do plan to remain a leader with law enforcement.”

Police have used V8 coupes before: in the 1970s and early ’80s NSW Police used Valiant Chargers and Ford Falcon coupes.
Back in time ... NSW police used Valiant and Ford coupes in the 1970s and 1980s.

Back in time ... NSW police used Valiant and Ford coupes in the 1970s and 1980s. Source: News Limited

Dubbed “Australia’s Mustang” at the time because Ford refused to import the iconic muscle car, the Falcon coupe used by police was the same type used in the original Mad Max movie.

Queensland police had a fleet of 10 Holden Monaros in 2005 and now have five high performance HSV Clubsport sedans (after taking delivery of four in 2011).

Chasing criminals ... Queensland Police had a fleet of 10 Holden Monaros in 2005. Picture

Chasing criminals ... Queensland Police had a fleet of 10 Holden Monaros in 2005. Picture: Parker Grant Source: News Corp Australia
Earlier this month there were reports South Australia police were considering BMWs, but a representative for BMW Australia said “no discussions have taken place”.

Even with a Luxury Car Tax exemption BMW sedans would cost more than twice the price of Commodores and Falcons.

Victoria police had a HSV GTO coupe in 2003 but, as with most states and territories, it is today heavily reliant on Falcon and Commodore pursuit cars.




A Victoria Police spokeswoman said, once the Falcon and Commodore are no longer available “we will canvass all available options in the market for the sustainable supply of vehicles that meet our specific operational needs”.

A former police fleet manager told News Corp Australia: “The absence of the Falcon and Commodore is going to pose a problem for the highway patrol.”

He said all emergency services have had “massive support” from Ford and Holden to develop vehicles for Australia’s unique requirements, “but that support won’t be there because they won’t want to tailor global cars for such a small market.”

A senior NSW highway patrol officer with 20 years’ experience said: “The latest high-performance Falcons and Commodores are probably the best cars we’ve ever had.”

He said they act as “a strong deterrent” to high-speed crooks “because they know they’re not going to get away and, anecdotally at least, we don’t have as many pursuits as a result.”

The fleet expert said more is demanded of highway patrol cars than any other vehicle in the police force.




“The cars carry up to 200kg of emergency equipment and have to be able to accelerate and brake over and over again, shift after shift, without giving up,” said the former police fleet manager, who asked not to be named.

“The highway patrol are often the front line for officer safety as the first cars to crime scenes and life-threatening crashes,” he said.

The government fleet expert said the highway patrol would probably end up in a variety of cars, including some four-cylinder “hot hatches”.

“You might end up with something like a Volkswagen Golf GTI in the city but still have the Mustang or some other high performance car in the greater metro and regional areas, to maintain the deterrent effect,” he said.

Germany’s highway patrol mostly drive Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs.

UK traffic police drive a wide range of vehicles, including BMWs, Volvos and Skodas, but in some cities they drive scooters and tiny Smart cars.

Until recently, a number of regions in the UK used rally-bred Subaru WRXs and Mitsubishi Evo sedans.

In the US, Holden has been using a police pack version of the Australian-made Caprice limousine to try to take business away from the iconic Ford Crown Victoria and Dodge Charger.

But the Caprice will be axed once the Holden factory closes in late 2017.

Police in Italy this week took delivery of the new Lamborghini Huracan supercar, their third Lamborghini since 2004.




But police in Dubai are the luckiest in the world, with a multi-million-dollar fleet that includes several Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins and Porsches.




Meanwhile the fastest police cars in Australia today are the supercharged HSV GTS and Ford Falcon GT in the custody of NSW Police.




However, funded by the Motor Accidents Authority, they are mostly used in static displays for road safety campaigns at public events, rather than regular highway patrol work.


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HSE2
2nd June 2014, 11:06 AM
Hope this happens for Ford.

4Vman
2nd June 2014, 12:24 PM
Not very practical..

Going to make transporting detainee's pretty difficult.......

Most HWY Patrol vehicles need to double as transport for detained people: (bretho's etc) otherwise its a double up of resources to call in a div van too.

Like similar vehicles before it im tipping the purpose will be promotional not functional.

FTe217
2nd June 2014, 04:08 PM
I'm sure Ford will push for this business very much, importantly as a selling tool but Norm's comments pretty much says why it won't be a big winner - impractical.
I'd say a few token ones will be around for sure but not majority of the HWP fleet - for now I feel SRT8 will gain more from the Falcom/commode demise.

defective
2nd June 2014, 05:47 PM
I'm sure Ford will push for this business very much, importantly as a selling tool but Norm's comments pretty much says why it won't be a big winner - impractical.
I'd say a few token ones will be around for sure but not majority of the HWP fleet - for now I feel SRT8 will gain more from the Falcom/commode demise.

Isn't Chrysler canning the srt8 as well?

4Vman
2nd June 2014, 05:49 PM
Already quite a few 300 SRT8's in Vicpol.

But with the way the wowsers are going and their push for non pursuit policy there will be no point having high powered Patrol cars anymore, they might as well drive Camry's.

FTe217
2nd June 2014, 06:05 PM
Hadnt heard that defective, maybe im up to speed on that.
Im surprised the nanny state has them Norm, Camry is logical following tassie prius policy lol

defective
2nd June 2014, 08:17 PM
Hadnt heard that defective, maybe im up to speed on that.
Im surprised the nanny state has them Norm, Camry is logical following tassie prius policy lol

Rodge was bleating about a week or so ago on aff, going on about how he got rid of his fpv because he didn't want an orphan only for the sort to be canned lol.

FTe217
2nd June 2014, 08:41 PM
My typo - meant to be not up to speed re srt8.
Ive read rodges thread - seriuosly what a beat up over leather steering wheel yadda yadda.
Sure they have more gizmos etc compared to fgfpv but i wouldnt rate it far above in handling and performance.
I have driven 2 srt8's over the last months and yes they felt very good but i wouldnt care to own one over a 335 but thats me.