What's coming 'round the bend

There were many familiar faces, the reliability of the Crown Victoria, the aggressiveness of the Charger, the unmistakable thunder of Harley-Davidson. New this year, as I’m sure you’ve heard, are new developments from Ford Motors, General...


According to Lisa Teed, Ford's Fleet Brand Marketing Manager, there should be little to no issues with reusing Crown Victoria aftermarket equipment within and on the Interceptor sedan, requiring only a new light bar attachment strap. This is coupled with an easy-to-drop headliner to run wiring. 

"In regards to license plate readers and radios and in-car camera systems, all those can be easily transfer over," says Teed. Adding that the sedans console measurements are consistent with today's Crown Victoria. 

Further information on Ford's fleet vehicle offerings can be found at www.fleet.ford.com and www.fordpoliceinterceptor.com.

General Motors/Chevrolet - A lot of light surrounds the performance of the Chevrolet Caprice, it's V8 has been limited to the recorded top speed (148 mph). It joins the Chevrolet police line with the Impala and full-sized SUV Tahoe.

"We think we've got a great new vehicle that's going to provide, not only performance, but also the comfort and safety for the officers as they do their daily job," says Dana Hammer, Law Enforcement Vehicles Manager of General Motor's Fleet and Commercial Operations.

Illustrating the Chevrolet's drive to provide performance, comfort and safety to law enforcement, the company moved the traditional floor-mounted shift lever 3.5 inches towards the driver from center; this under the intent to free space for the center console. The vehicle also features a hoard of other features such as crumple zones, officer designed seats, new speed odometer functions, an additional battery for electronics and more.

Further information on all General Motors and Chevrolet's vehicle line-up can be found at www.gmfleet.com and www.chevroletcapriceppv.com.

Harley-Davidson Motor Co. - The always approachable Harley-Davidson model has been an icon within the law enforcement world - let alone the motorcycle universe. While this recognition is difficult to deny, the Electra Glide and Road King models highlight value, performance and durability and image.

According to Steve St. Thomas, director of worldwide police and fleet sales for Harley-Davidson Motor Co., the motorcycles serve their law enforcement riders with acceleration. Thomas mentions that studies show that most police vehicles spend a majority of time at 70 mph or under. Looking more towards acceleration up to this speed, he sees it relating to what the mission of the motor unit. "Is it going to be more community policing? More traffic? General patrol? Everyone of these are going to have different requirements, the agency itself will have to look at what they are trying to use the motor unit for, first," he says.

Harley-Davidson made three minor improvements over their 2010 model pair: an improvement in the clutch cable, the engine compensator was made more "heavy duty," and a different engine calibration due to a redone throttle body.

"We do use the results [from the Michigan State testing], they have shaped our product performance in the past and I'm confident they'll continue to shape how we plan the product, features and performance going forward as well," adds Thomas.

Further information on Harley-Davidson can be found at www.harley-davidson.com or www.harley-davidsonpolicemotors.com.

Kawasaki - The newest participating manufacturer in the MSP evaluations, while the Kawasaki has been available for police for years, is the new Kawasaki Concours Police Interceptor motorcycle.

The company focused on performance, rider control and value for its latest edition for police - the MSP results contend to its performance. Kawasaki electronically limited its Concours to about 130 mph. However, John Griffin, the government and fleet sales manager of Kawasaki, regrets suggesting too low of shift points for the driving unit. "I think that on the track test portion [of the LA Sheriff's Tests], the performance will continue to improve," he says.

In interest to more streamline the aftermarket process, up-fitting of Kawasaki motorcycles are done with Bodry Motors to the needs of the agency. "This is unique because agencies can get everything installed at one time ... without needing anyone else to tear it back apart to add on equipment later," adds Griffin.

Further information on the Kawasaki police offerings can be found at www.kawasaki.com and www.kawasakipolice.com.

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