Holden has just moved 300 cars ahead of arch rival Ford, with the announcement that it will be supplying paddy wagons to the Victoria police.
A total of 290 new divisional vans will be gradually deployed as part of a fleet update over the next two years.
Holden is supplying 250 purpose-built two-door divisional vans based on the Colorado 4×2.
These vehicles are custom designed for Victoria Police to include increased ground clearance to improve visibility and create a better vantage point for police to patrol the streets.
The new divisional van also features six airbags in the passenger compartment and a custom-designed rear pod.
The rear pod is a fully self-contained, secure two-person transport module and this new model features an additional camera in the custody compartment providing 360-degree monitoring and recording of persons in custody, as well as air conditioning built into the custody compartment.
Holden will also be supplying 40 custom 4×4, four-door divisional vans equipped with bull-bars and winches that will be deployed to regional Victoria to provide off-road driving capability.
Holden sales director, Michael Filazzola, said Holden’s 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.