If the FPV Typhoons were not enough for QLD police, the newest addition to the Police force is Toyota’s new Aurion Sportivo SX6 and Prodigy V6 large cars which QLD police has now added to its fleet of operational and support vehicles. Queensland Police states that the decision was made after undertaking extensive tests at its Mount Cotton driver training centre.
Toyota obviously wanting to have a few Aurions out and about as Police cars provided an Aurion for testing prior to the car’s launch, allowing Queensland Police to not only evaluate the car’s braking, cornering and handling performance, but also test its compatibility for internal fittings, lights and sirens.
Inspector Maurice Poiner, Queensland Police’s Officer in Charge of Transport, said the Aurion provided the service with an alternative to the Falcon or Commodore.
“We were very interested in looking at the Aurion when we first heard about it, in testing it was very well received by the members of the driver training unit. It met all our needs. Therefore, we are more than willing to put it in the field.” Inspector Poiner said.
For those of you wondering how a Front Wheel Drive vehicle can make it into the police force, inspector Poiner said the Aurion’s front-wheel drive design with Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist made it well suited to the rigours of police work.
“The front-wheel drive Aurion meets the demands of police work and has a number of advantages in high density public areas.”
So for all of us out there who have been keeping under the radar when an unmarked Commodore or Falcon is near by, beware as the new Aurion Sportivo SX6 is being used by Queensland Police in both marked and unmarked roles. Whilst the Prodigy will be used by police management for non-active duties.
Toyota Queensland’s Government Fleet Sales Manager Les Calvert said the Aurion police cars have a strong on-road presence and that Queensland Police’s selection was a great endorsement of the new model.
The addition of Aurion expands Queensland Police’s existing Toyota fleet that includes HiLux, HiAce, Coaster and LandCruiser 70, 100 and Prado.