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Skoda prepares new Octavia vRS for UK police

Skoda has developed a specially modified version of its new Octavia vRS for police fleets, as part of its bespoke emergency services provision.

The new vRS police car is equipped with a 245PS petrol engine and DSG, providing a 0-62mph time of just 6.7 seconds – making it ideal for rapid response officers.

As part of its conversion, the car provides 360-degree visibility thanks to powerful LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate – all complemented by a three tone siren.

The new Octavia welcomes the brand’s latest infotainment technology, with a 10-inch central display. The Virtual Cockpit instrument panel is fitted as standard too, allowing police drivers to configure the display to best suit their needs.

Enhanced safety is provided with the fitment of full LED Matrix headlights with adaptive front light system (AFS), while the new vRS also features wireless smartphone integration, Adaptive Cruise Control, and front and rear parking sensors with Manoeuvre Assist.

Police officers will also benefit from heated front seats, a new multifunction three-spoke leather sports steering wheel featuring DSG paddles and chrome knurled wheels.

The boot provides 600-litres of space in the hatch, with the estate model a slightly roomier 640-litres; both offering plenty of space for officers to transport equipment.

Additional vRS versions will be launched in the coming months, these will include a manual version of the launch 245PS TSI model, a 2.0 TDI 200PS DSG with the option of four-wheel drive and the brand’s first electrified vRS model – a 245PS Octavia vRS iV DSG.

Skoda’s team of specialist converters are able to deliver further modifications to meet the exact requirements of individual police services and units. Previous examples include the integration of ANPR cameras within the vehicle to tackle anti-social driving and identify uninsured drivers and equipping the rear of the vehicle with air-conditioned dog kennels for specialist dog handling teams.


Fleet News Awards + Commercial Fleet Awards 2021: Going virtual

The Fleet News Awards is moving to a new date for 2021.

Traditionally held in March, next year the awards night moves to June 29 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. It will also for the first time incorporate the Commercial Fleet Awards to create an unparalleled celebration that honours and recognises excellence across every part of the fleet sector.

Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Fleet News, said: “With the industry in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had a chance to reflect and review our awards proposition for 2021. While going virtual is an option, and one we are very excited about with our Fleet & Mobility Live show in November, we believe that an awards evening is also a networking evening and a chance to meet old friends and make new acquaintances in a relaxed environment.

“For many guests, it’s their industry highlight of the year. That’s why we decided to move the date to give us a better chance of being live at the Grosvenor House.”

Fleet News Awards 2021, incorporating Commercial Fleet Awards, will offer a unique opportunity to bring together the entire fleet sector to celebrate and honour the best people, companies and vehicles.

It is set to become the biggest and most important night in fleet. Further details about awards categories, judges and auditing will be released in January when Fleet News officially launches the Fleet News Awards 2021.

If you can’t wait until then, and want to know more, please email sandra.evitt@bauermedia.co.uk.

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