290 purpose-built vehicles rolling out from February
The Holden Colorado will replace the Commodore as Victoria Police's divisional van of choice.
Announced today, the new 'divvy vans' will be built in both two- and four-door configurations, running with greater ground clearance than the standard car for police duties.
There are six airbags in the cabin, along with a specially-designed "pod" at the rear, with room for two people. A 360-degree camera provides remote monitoring and recording capability, and there's air conditioning back there as well. Still, we know where we'd rather be sitting.
Along with the 250 two-door 'divvy vans' destined for urban areas, Holden is developing 40 four-wheel drive, four-door vans for regional Victoria. With winches and bull-bars, they should be ready for rural action.
"Holden’s Australian engineers have worked collaboratively with Victoria Police to create a vehicle that is not only designed specifically for Australian conditions but is the safest vehicle possible to protect their frontline members," Michael Filazzola, executive director of sales, said.
“This announcement continues Holden’s long association with Victoria Police, which began over 70 years ago and we are honoured to be able to continue this partnership.
“We’re excited to see the new ‘divvy vans’ out on the road and we’re sure Victorian police officers will enjoy driving them.”
The new vans will be rolled out gradually from right now, with four-wheel drive models expected to arrive in 'mid-2018.'