Announced as Preferred Prime 1 Patrol Vehicle
SKODA New Zealand is proud and honoured to have been selected as the preferred Prime 1 Patrol Vehicle for the New Zealand Police Force
In an announcement made in December 2020, the New Zealand Police advised that after a rigorous testing and evaluation process, that they have selected the ŠKODA SUPERB as the new frontline Police car.
The statement advised that our "environmentally friendly SUPERB’s” will become the Police’s primary response vehicle, with the first cars expected on roads and in communities as early as April next year.
“With more than 2000 primary response vehicles currently in action, selecting a new supplier provides an important opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and ensure value for money across our fleet,” says Commissioner Coster.
Throughout the tender process, two Škoda Superb models stood out as ideal primary response vehicles.
“Frontline staff said they handled well and they felt confident and safe driving the vehicle,” he says.
“They liked the large doors with a wide opening range, easy-to-read instruments, front and rear visibility, and the spaciousness of the rear passenger area.”
Police will be using station wagons as they offer greater flexibility for deployment and were the preferred body type by staff. The 162KW 2WD and the 206KW 4x4 Superbs will be deployed according to operational requirements.
“As well as the Superbs standing out in our evaluation process, Škoda is repeatedly chosen for use as police and emergency services vehicles throughout Europe. It is used in more than 30 jurisdictions, including Austria, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom,” says Commissioner Coster.