Vauxahall Astra has a very long history as a police car ever since its first introduction in 1979. And the new generation Astra continues this long tradition as a Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).

The new Astra Police car will be available with an instrument console incorporating integrated switch panels configured for Police radio header units such as the Cleartone, Motorola, Sepura and Icom. It will also get mobile data terminals, video capture and multiple transceivers, seamlessly into the vehicle’s interior without the need for custom trim installations, a range of LED lightbars, headlamp flash, grille lights, bumper interceptor lights and rear reds.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

The new Vauxhall Astra is ready to enter Police service with the potential for the highest level of integration with emergency service systems.

The Astra has been the backbone of beat policing across the 54 UK Police forces since it first was first launched in 1979. Approximately one in five of all ‘panda’ cars in use across the country are Astras with many of them equipped by Vauxhall’s turnkey Police preparation facility, Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). Based at Millbrook, SVO receives vehicles direct from the factory, builds them to the required specification and then delivers the completed beat car to the constabulary.

With the arrival of the all new generation, Astra takes another step further along the path of integration of the emergency services functions into the base vehicle. From launch, the Astra will be available with an instrument console incorporating integrated switch panels configured for Police radio header units such as the Cleartone, Motorola, Sepura and Icom.

2010 Vauxhall Astra Police Car High Resolution Interior
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The new Astra also features increased capacity for fitting further emergency service equipment, such as mobile data terminals, video capture and multiple transceivers, seamlessly into the vehicle’s interior without the need for custom trim installations.

The typical range of emergency services lighting options are also available including a range of LED lightbars, headlamp flash, grille lights, bumper interceptor lights and rear reds.

To ensure the dependability and reliability demanded of a law enforcement vehicle, the Astra and its systems have undergone a rigorous test programme. Physical rig testing was used to replicate a lifetime of structural inputs into the vehicle, which in addition to other physical tests and computer simulations, resulted in Vauxhall’s most comprehensive validation of any product for the emergency services.

Vauxhall’s manager of vehicle conversions Dick Ellam said: “With the new Astra, Vauxhall is offering the UK’s Police constabularies a vehicle which is not only superior dynamically to its predecessor but which also has the scope for much improved integration with the systems law enforcement demands. We are particularly proud that this integration allows the devices needed by the Police service to be mounted within the standard architecture of the car’s interior. The new Astra is the complete package for the emergency services.”

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21 comments:

  (412) posted on 02.9.2012

This car is fantastic! If this car chase me, I will definitely surrender myself to be
able to ride this car. I never expect a police car to be this awesome.

  (553) posted on 02.9.2012

This is a cool police car. I hope that it has safety features and impressive tracking devices.

  (677) posted on 01.31.2012

Who would ever run away from the police if this amazing police car is chasing you? Well, for me, I rather surrender. The lighting in this police car is just right and fit in a police car. The interior is impressive. 

  (448) posted on 11.15.2011

Well, for a police car, I really didn’t expect it to have an awesome interior like on what Astra had. smiley Anyway, I hope that they would use a striking and impressive engine for this one.

  (692) posted on 09.26.2011

Policeman will have better response for operation, having this new police car give them more of initiative and complete their police entire. This is a symbol of rich and peaceful place.

  (242) posted on 09.22.2011

I hope that all the police car in the nation is like Vauxhall Astra. I think everyone will do some crime to ride in this kind of police car. This car has very nice features and perfect engine for sure.

  (526) posted on 08.12.2011

It will not be an introduction you know. It’s been a long time since Vauxhall began producing a police car. One good thing in this car is the SVO or the special vehicle operation. In my opinion, it is like an ESP wherein you will see the whole area covered.

  (321) posted on 05.11.2011

Its kinda great introduction of the new Vauxhall Astra Police car, And i think it has a highest level performance that makes it standout in the crowd street.

  (444) posted on 05.6.2011

It seems that the new Vauxhall Astra Police car is made to a complete package qualities. Which makes the policeman itself good standard for professionalism.

  (702) posted on 05.4.2011

Well, Vauxhall Astra Police car is like a powerful car made just like a policeman,it has an strong identity that you will have to keep your eye attention on it.

  (1211) posted on 04.26.2011

The new Astra also features increased capacity for fitting further emergency service equipment. The new version of Vauxhall Astra Police Car will make it more powerful compared to other Vauxhall astra.

  (359) posted on 02.20.2011

This is obviously a great compact but it doesn’t have near the style or features that would "fit" with the new direction that Buick seems to be moving in unless they were planning on making some pretty big changes.

  (212) posted on 02.20.2011

They could always up the amenities a bit and slap a Buick badge on this as a way to attract a younger demo to the brand.

  (532) posted on 02.10.2011

This Vauxhall Astra Police car can really kick your ass,It’s symbolizes the powerful effect of being a policeman..So you have to be go for the right way of tracks.

  (1333) posted on 12.15.2010

wow this is something new. I hope it is tough enough and fast enough to replace the citroen Police Cruiser.

  (428) posted on 04.13.2010

Changes over a standard Astra include a centre console converted to work with police radio header units, video capture facilities and mobile data terminals. All features are integrated into the Astra’s interior without the need for custom trim installations

  (765) posted on 04.13.2010

Let’s just see how will it perform on actual car chase before we judge it.

  (518) posted on 04.12.2010

How does this GT replace the touring? I can’t see why a customer wants a wagon to opt out for the GT if BMW indeed decided to stop making the wagon available in the U.S. That customer’s next car will most likely be a Mercedes or Audi touring.

  (798) posted on 04.12.2010

It looks weaker than the Volvo and Citroen police car! With its looks, I guess it can’t even run a felony and chase a boggey.

  (1023) posted on 04.12.2010

Scary as it looks like bandits will surely keep their asses in their pants when they saw this.

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