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Chevy Claims Caprice Beat Out Dodge for Top Cop Car

Chevy Claims Caprice Beat Out Dodge for Top Cop Car

Source: GM

USAToday.com

September 22, 2010

MICHIGAN – General Motors is taking a victory lap in a police car this week before the checkered flag has even been waved.

The bowtie brand is claiming that it beat 2011 Dodge Challenger and Ford Crown Victoria in testing by the Michigan State Police’s annual police car evaluation held this past Saturday and Monday. The tests are being closely watched by departments around the country, and millions of dollars in purchases are at stake.

Just two giant problems. First, the Michigan State Police has no official comment to validate Chevy’s claims. Second, Chevrolet tested its car against the wrong Ford. The Crown Victoria goes out of production at the end of next year. Chevy doesn’t claim that its car beat the Crown Vic’s replacement, a Taurus. That’s its major competitor for next-generation police cars. Thus, we’re fairly amazed that Chevy tries to make a claim to victory in what would appear, without the Taurus, to be a meaningless contest.

The rear-wheel drive Caprice comes with a V-8 engine, with 355 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.

Although it’s not the biggest segment, carmakers take pride when they have a strong, powerful police car to offer:

“The public is interested in it,” said Dana Hammer, marketing manager for the Caprice PPV. “It’s a vehicle they can relate to. It’s good for us from a brand perspective, because it’s the vehicle people see on the streets.”

For a long time, only the Ford Crown Victoria could provide the rear-wheel drive performance police fleets wanted, coupled with strong body frames and top speeds. But with the Crown Victoria set to retire from police fleets at the end of 2011, other automakers are stepping in with options.

“I’m tickled to death to see all of the manufacturers back into (police cars) in a big way after a period of stagnation,” said Jerry Newberry, fleet manager for the Texas Department of Public Safety. “It’s still a work in progress for all manufacturers, but that’s been the nice thing in the development of this Caprice – GM is doing what it takes to bring the best car to the market.”

The results GM touted this week are considered preliminary. Final results will be published later this year by the Michigan State Police.


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    DarkBlue

    almost 4 years ago

    4880 Comments

    OUI OUI........I guess they don't pursue anyone. I think it does 0 to 60 in an hour. ")

  • 1979_max50

    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14642 Comments

    E7 was not tested. I hate politics, especially when it interferes with the safety of my brothers and sisters in the field. They should be given the best possible equipment, period.
    Dark Blue, I believe that they actually do have Smartcar Police Vehicles in Paris.

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    DarkBlue

    almost 4 years ago

    4880 Comments

    Imagine a Police version of the " Smart Car ". ?

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    theshieldman2000

    almost 4 years ago

    578 Comments

    I wanna know how the E7 done, if tested at all?

  • Dove_max50

    phoenixgirl

    almost 4 years ago

    162 Comments

    Sounds like someone is counting their chickens a bit too early.

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    mkiprotection

    almost 4 years ago

    2384 Comments

    I heard the Chevy Volt electric LE edition beat all of them!

    BHO and Gore are going to give 500 quardrillion dollars in taxpayer money to them to produce 200 new units for further testing in Guam.............

  • 1979_max50

    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14642 Comments

    Here is where the stinky politics come in folks. Now this is a fact;
    "The U.S. Treasury loaned GM about $50 billion to help it through bankruptcy protection last year. GM has repaid $6.7 billion. The rest of the bailout money was converted to a 61 percent government stake in the company."
    As you can see, the Feds own 61% of GM (I might add that the $6.7 billion that was 'repaid' was from a Federal grant that we gave GM and they turned around and gave it right back to us, really cooking the books), and have a great interest in promoting sales of GM vehicles. Additionally in Nov they are wanting to sell stock in GM at a premium so they need to boost sales and reputation. What better way than police vehicles. The GM stock that the Feds are wanting to sell will be to none other than the Government of China! Yup, you heard me right, China may actually become a majority holder of GM stock. Isn't the Obama leadership of out nation wonderful!

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    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14642 Comments

    Trouble is HeySarge, so many Depts now just go by what this so-called test that is done by MSP to determine what they will buy for our brothers and sisters. "I" want them to have the best equipment available for them in performance and safety, not for political reasons. Virtually every LEO I have talked to that drives these vehicles says the Caprice is a POS. The others all like the CV or the Charger.

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    darsavmo

    almost 4 years ago

    11360 Comments

    I don't know about the Challenger, but I'll take a Charger any day over a Caprice...

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    HEYSARGE

    almost 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Who cares.......................

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    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14642 Comments

    Sorry but there is no way the Capric came out on top. As the article states, they tested against the old Ford CV which is going out of production PLUS it says they tested against the Dodge CHALLENGER which is not a police vehicle. Dodge has come up with a new CHARGER that is replacing the older Charger anyway. They of course did not test against the Carbon Motors E7 either. I do not understand why a test conducted by a Agency that is where GM has so much power, including backing and partial ownership by the US Government, has much meaning anymore. I do not question the honesty of the MSP Troopers, but the higher up's are politicians and I do not think much of politicians.

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