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    Two different police packages will be available, a Caprice ?black and white? patrol car (pictured) and a ?detective? police package version.

A MEAN black Holden will soon start prowling the bad streets of America.

General Motors' Fleet and Commercial division has stepped up the campaign to make a heavy duty version of the 6.0-litre V8 Statesman the No1 choice of law enforcement agencies across America.  It has released a 12-page brochure with detailed specifications of the car, which will be a rebadged version of the Statesman Caprice, called the Chevrolet Caprice.

The car will be available in two police packages, a "black and white" patrol car and a "detective" police version.  GM-Holden spokesperson, Emily Perry, says although the company does not yet have confirmed orders the specifications are "the next step in getting the cars into North America".

"It's a specification manual to provide a guide for the police forces," she says.  Perry says GM-Holden will not begin exports "until we get confirmed orders".

She says if orders start flowing through soon, exports will happen later this year.  GM-Holden is aiming to export upwards of 20,000 police cars and is confident the powerful rear-drive V8 will win over the good guys.

The deal could also renew the export potential of Holden's large car line-up to the US.  After unveiling a concept police car last year, GM-Holden has taken on board the specific needs of the police cars.

Among the options are hard-wearing vinyl seats and floors as well as "stealth" mode lighting.  Each will also be built with beefed up electrical systems to cope with on-board computers and the emergency sirens and lights, as well as an optional remote start function.

The "stealth" function allows police to close and unlock and lock the car doors without activating exterior lights or making any audible sounds.  However, in keeping with its domestic duties the "black and white" the car has optional vinyl rear seats and floor coverings.  The cloth-covered front seats are moulded with heavy duty foam and sculptured for gun belts worn by officers.

GM-Holden has had some export success with the Commodore, which was sold as the Pontiac G8 until the American brand sank under the weight of General Motors' bankruptcy last year.  The police deal comes after a successful pitch last year ago by a Holden team led by former president Mark Reuss, who is now president of GM North America.

The sleek 6.0-litre Caprices are likely to replace the Los Angeles Police Department's ageing fleet of Ford Crown Victoria sedans.  The deal means GM-Holden also stands a good chance of becoming a global supplier of cop cars for other countries.  Canada's police departments have already expressed interest.

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    Melanie R odriguez of United States Posted on 03 February 2012 10:41pm
  • Why not Ship our Holdens to the USA? They make a nice floating lounge, but not very good pursuit cars. In fact, American made anything is a bit backward. Like them

    Mark thompson of Adelaide Posted on 28 October 2011 7:03pm
  • Not really slapped together. Its better than the cop cars they have there. And dont forget who controls GM now, if they say you will use this car you will use it. The new Taurus is a great car, but its heavy, FWD.

    Linus L of Aus Posted on 09 August 2010 6:14am
  • Another point, many smaller town sherrifs are elected... in these places you will find nothing but the most patriotic of Americans, no way they would try, I lived near Detroit for many years and when the car industry was in trouble Jap and imported cars were regularily vandalised and even drivers attacked!

    Jay of Mudgee, NSW Posted on 22 July 2010 2:36am
  • I have a hard time believing that American and Canadian Police forces will buy imports for their police, the Dodge Charger is quickly replacing the old Crown Vics and is built in Canada. HSV equivalant power too.

    Jay of Mudgee, NSW Posted on 21 July 2010 4:27pm
  • Congrats Holden... on putting so much effort into a niche market... I also hope Ford Australia keeps building "Australian Falcons" as the competition is what has made the Holden evolve into such a world class vehicle. Think back to 1970 and which country in the world would have bought a HT apart from the Kiwi's?

    Max Waynewell of Gilles Plains SA Posted on 20 July 2010 8:25pm
  • So will the Yanks put "HOLDEN" badges on their Chevs or aint they Bogans?

    Mopar Man of SA Bush Posted on 20 July 2010 4:56pm
  • Not a lot of knowledge displayed here so far. They will buy the Holfen because GM in America will ask them to. Simple. As for Australian cops not using foreign cars. What? A copper pulled up across the road from my place this morning asking a few young'n's some questions, and it was a Mitsubishi Lancer. The Yanks will go for it, because it will be badged Chevy and look American. And big.

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd of Newcastle Posted on 20 July 2010 2:46pm
  • Anyone who says that US won't use an non US car is blind. The primary car they use now is the Ford Crown Victoria. Why? Long wheel-base, RWD and V8. The Challenger can't compete nor the 300c as it's not long wheel-base so not enough room in the back seat to fit the separator cage with seats all the way back. And just look at where the Crown Vic is manufactured... Canada! The Statesman is an obvious choice, it's much longer than the competition, can be built as both V8 or V6 and case oil costs become a limiting factor, is RWD, has a huge boot and it's SWB cousin the Commodore is a proven police work horse here in Australia and NZ. I'm a Ford man but look at it with your eyes open and you can see clearly that the Taurus and the Fusion or even the Falcon just don't stand up to the Statesman option based purely on size, and drivetrain.

    AU FTW of victoria Posted on 20 July 2010 1:41pm
  • If was speeding in a Corvette that s**t would get me.

    Conor Reghenzani of 17 TERRY ARINCLIFFE Posted on 19 July 2010 7:49pm
  • It won't happen - the US government can't be seen to be buying imported products when there's a local alternative in the form of the Taurus. Can you imagine the uproar here if the cops started using a Chrysler 300 (or whatever) in place of the Falcons and Commies? also, what use is an undercover cop car if the car itself isn't available to the general public?

    JC Posted on 19 July 2010 12:20pm
  • John, get your hand off it if you think the Holden is the only decent vehicle available to law enforcement authorities in the US your dreaming. Have you heard of the Dodge Challenger for example? Wake up John, Australia is small fish in a big pond and you don't get a free ride.

    Darryl Knighton of The Shire Posted on 19 July 2010 11:59am
  • Finally the yank cops will have a car with balls if they take the Holden.

    glenn Posted on 18 July 2010 11:45am
  • Darryl, if the yanks don't like the idea of having the Statesman (rebadged as the Chevy Caprice) as a cop car then they can just use a domestic car. Oh, wait, no they can't - as the yanks just don't build cars like the Statesman any more - that's the whole reason why they are considering the Statesman in the first place. I wonder what the yanks will make of such a well-built and well-engineered vehicel - it will be quite a new experience for them.

    John Posted on 17 July 2010 2:04pm
  • The yanks want a Falcon sedan/ute V8/T6, even some of the Chevy boys... and thats a fact, have a look at some other car sites and you will see... "So can Ford hurry up and do a LHD"

    Wazza of South Aust Posted on 17 July 2010 11:28am
  • I have a stealth car, I use a key to unlock my car, my lights dont come on, and its very quiet, this system has around for some time, I believe.

    marc Posted on 16 July 2010 9:16pm
  • With high unemployment and masive layoffs in the American auto industry, dream on.

    Johno Posted on 16 July 2010 9:11pm
  • its got a chev badge on it so most americans will still think its american just like they did with the monaro and G8 i hope this works out for the guys down fishermans bend and the benifit of all those at elizabeth that are working reduced hours. there is no current real alternative in america so they get around the unions that way and i hear ther may be plans to send them as kits and build them over there

    jason of melb Posted on 16 July 2010 2:21pm
  • After living in the US for many years, I doubt that the American general public would accept an Aussie made vehicle for law enforcement authorities. It does not matter how good it is. Most still regard us as a small outpost.

    Darryl Knighton of The Shire Posted on 16 July 2010 1:04pm
  • The American GM models do not include a well balanced, good handling rear wheel drive passenger car with the space and body strength of the Aussie Statesman. Functionality is what it is all about, Jagger. Besides, the engine and transmission are both made in American factories, by American workers. It won't be unpleasant for the Police to be driving such a nicely styled vehicle either.

    Colin Spencer of Kangaroo Ground Victoria Posted on 16 July 2010 8:34am
  • It would great if the US cop department are going to buy our Aussie make Holden cop cars, but I have a feeling that it's not going to happen because Ford America is not going to give away this lucrative deal without a fight especially when they're trying to promote people should buy home grown products just like us. Lets hope Holden will get some of their market shares and fingers crossed.

    Pigxy of Melbourne Australia Posted on 16 July 2010 2:23am
  • What is stealth mode lighting? How does it work?

    Garry Posted on 15 July 2010 3:36pm
  • If we in Australia imported American cars for our Police Force it would cause a huge uproar as to why we don't use our local car makers. I don't see the Yanks buying Aussie cars and the public taking it on the chin we wouldn't so why should they..GM there in the US needs a pick me up right now and would benefit most from such a order so why give it the Aussies. I just don't get it!!!! Where is Dick Smith ????

    Jagger of Nsw Posted on 15 July 2010 2:42pm
  • Why would the yanks buy this slapped together effort over an American made vehicle. Holden - Dream On!

    Rupert Theobald 111 of Silver Spoon Posted on 15 July 2010 1:11pm
  • Wow my car has stealth mode, the lights don't come on and doesn't make audible sounds when i unlock the car. That's 12 year old car tech right there.

    KKG of melbourne Posted on 15 July 2010 11:19am
  • the heading of the articles reads Holden US police car orders open but in the article , it mentions that no firm orders for the cars yet... so which one is it?

    nik of sydney Posted on 15 July 2010 2:02am
  • Just to correct, they don't use the same engines as our local Caprice and Statesman range. They use flex fuel Capable engines running under the L77 Code, whereas our local V8s are AFm L98 V*8s.

    Shak Posted on 14 July 2010 10:27pm
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