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Cops drive on with Skoda

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Po­lice have se­lected Czech man­u­fac­turer Skoda to sup­ply their new pa­trol cars as the Holden brand drives off into the sun­set.

New Zealand Po­lice yes­ter­day an­nounced it had se­lected the Skoda Su­perb as the new front­line po­lice car.

The po­lice union said while the Czech brand might come as a sur­prise af­ter decades of Hold­ens and Fords from across the ditch, it was con­fi­dent man­age­ment had made the right call.

The move comes af­ter Gen­eral Mo­tors an­nounced the end of the Holden brand and po­lice were forced to hunt for a new pre­ferred ve­hi­cle sup­plier.

They went to the in­dus­try with a re­quest for pro­pos­als in July and the ten­der closed on Au­gust 21.

Po­lice com­mis­sioner Andy Coster cited the re­duced en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the Czech cars as one rea­son they were cho­sen.

Po­lice ex­pect to de­ploy the first batch of Sko­das in April, 2021.

 ??  ?? Po­lice deputy com­mis­sioner Jevon McSkim­ming, left, and com­mis­sioner Andy Coster with a Skoda wagon.
Po­lice deputy com­mis­sioner Jevon McSkim­ming, left, and com­mis­sioner Andy Coster with a Skoda wagon.

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