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Japanese players home in on police fleet business

HONDA is gearing up to sell cars to Britain's police forces for the first time and at least three forces have already bought Swindon-built vehicles. The Japanese manufacturer is the number one police motorcycle supplier and police forces are now evaluating Hondas for covert applications with 44 Accord four-door saloons and 36 five-door Civics, including 139mph VTi models, being tested by 44 of Britain's 52 police forces. Three Honda cars have been sold as a result.

It is understood there are around 28,000 police cars in the UK, of which 70% are police spec and 30% standard spec. Brian Jameson, Honda (UK)'s corporate aftersales manager said: 'We are looking at developing unique police specification vehicles which would enable us to sell in greater numbers.'

North Wales Police is among the first forces to take on a Honda car - in the form of a 2-litre Accord delivered last week - despite the fact that it does not use Honda motorcycles.

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