Northern Territory Police have appointed the Kia Stinger to its fleet, becoming the third police jurisdiction in the country to do so.
A total of seven V6 Stingers will be added to the Road Policing Command, replacing the current Commodore SS patrol cars.
The NT Police follow Queensland and Western Australia in choosing the Korean liftback to do patrol duties, with Matt Hollamby, Commander of the NT Policing Command, saying the Stinger is a suitable replacement for the outgoing Aussie-built Falcons and Commodores that have been a core part of police fleets for half a century.
"Holdens and Fords have been standard road policing vehicles in the NT for the best part of 50 years but now that they are not manufactured, it’s time for us to look at an alternative," Commander Hollamby said.
"We needed a car capable of operating at reasonably high speeds in temperatures of 45 degrees in the shade without missing a beat. The Stinger showed itself to be that car."
The new fleet of NT Police Stingers will also debut a new police livery, too. Commander Hollamby added that the vehicles may not be immediately identifiable as police cars because of the decal redesign.
"The aesthetic of our decals hasn’t changed much in the past 15 years and we thought now was a better time than any to update those as well," he said.
"Members in the Road Policing Command provided input into alternative options and selected the preferred design which was completed in-house. Territorians can expect to see the new police vehicles out on the road from today."
Meanwhile, Kia's local chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, said he's 'extremely pleased' another police force has chosen the Stinger for patrol duties.
"It is extremely pleasing that once again a state government has had the vision to look past ingrained prejudices and give a stamp of approval to the best available option," he said.