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Chevy Unveils Caprice Patrol Car

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On: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 9:43AM | By: John Welch

Chevy Unveils Caprice Patrol Car

The Pontiac G8 is dead. Even though we all love it, none of us are buying it. I know my excuse, what's yours? Just because GM can't make a viable business case for civilian use of the four door Zeta platform in North America, doesn't mean they can't make a buck off of the Police Patrol Vehicle market. GM is poised to do just that, and on Monday they introduced the vehicle seen here — the V6 or V8 powered Chevrolet Caprice PPV.

Based on the long wheelbase Holden Commodore, the Caprice PPV represents an excellent alternative to front-drive police vehicles and nose-heavy, poorly made Dodge Chargers. The Ford Crown Victoria, the most popular police vehicle since the last Caprice in 1996, will be phased out by the end of 2011. That leaves a big gap in the PPV market that GM will try to seal with the new Caprice.

Featuring many design cues that the Charger lacks, the Caprice PPV should be popular among law enforcement officers. The seats are specially made to accommodate the extra bulk of an officer's utility belt; sculpted bolsters leave room for guns, tazers, handcuffs, radios, and anything else that may find itself attached to an officer's waist. The HVAC and other dash-mounted controls are displayed on a large touch screen, and the rear passenger compartment has been optimized for the installation of a safety cage partition. You may be on your way to the hoosegow, but at least you have plenty of leg room!

We should begin to see Caprice PPVs on the street by December. They will probably start showing up at auctions by early 2011. That's what I'm waiting for . . .

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