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First police Rover 200s

STAFFORDSHIRE Police have taken delivery of 75 Rover 200 diesels as part of a 125-vehicle fleet deal. The Midlands force is the first in the country to specify the fast but frugal Rover, which promises to be the manufacturer's best-selling diesel car to date.

Powered by a 2.0 version of Rover's L-series engine, the 220D Turbo is capable of 105mph and can accelerate from 50 to 70mph in 10 seconds, but can still return up to 62.6mpg. The patrol cars have completely standard specification.

Staffordshire Police transport manager Charles Murphy said: 'A number of vehicles were selected for evaluation, with the Rover 220D five-door proving to be the most popular in every respect. The turbo driven engine performs effectively with responsive handling when the vehicle is being used on a variety of duties.'

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