Police forces trial new Astra
12/06/1998 in NEWS
Vauxhall sold 8,800 of the outgoing Astra to police forces during the last seven years, and 47 forces operated the lower medium sector car. The new Astra has been modified by Vauxhall Special Vehicle Operations to cope with police work, which means the car features bigger brakes, raised ground clearance and extra wiring for their communications systems.
Brian Taverner, head of Vauxhall SVO, said: 'We are confident the next generation Astra will continue as the number one beat car with the UK police. Certainly the initial impression from our most important critics, the police drivers who drove the cars at Donington Park, was that we have another winner.'
Sam Sloan, assistant fleet manager at Strathclyde Constabulary said: 'I think it's a fair improvement over the old Astra, and the 2.0 Di engine has more torque than our low-blow 1.7 diesel Astras. It felt a lot more spacious inside.' Peter Corder, head of transport services at Suffolk Constabulary, said: 'The new car handles better, and the diesel engine seemed more free revving.'