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Chevrolet Caprice police cruisers to debut next April

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Chevrolet Caprice police cruisers to debut next April

By Andrew Ganz

Coming soon to a police department near you: Chevrolet’s Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle - a modified version of the discontinued Pontiac G8 – will be delivered to agencies beginning next April.

GM will initially offer the Caprice PPV in detective format – as an unmarked patrol car – before the full marked police cruiser goes on sale in June. GM says that police departments can order detective PPVs beginning in October and that the police package – code 9C1 – can be ordered starting in January.

Both models will initially come with the automaker’s 6.0-liter, 355-horsepower V8, although fuel-miser departments can order V6 versions for the 2012 model year.



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Chevrolet Prepares 2011 Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle for Duty


* A full list of vehicle specifications and additional information about the Caprice PPV can be found at the recently updated website, www.chevroletcapriceppv.com.

* Specifications, order and delivery dates now available

* Unique to the police market – designed and built to law enforcement specifications

DETROIT – General Motors today announced order and delivery dates, as well as final package specifications, for the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV). The rear-wheel-drive Caprice PPV joins the front-wheel-drive Chevrolet Impala and the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, making Chevrolet the only brand to offer a full line of police vehicles.

Chevrolet will begin taking orders for the Caprice PPV detective package (9C3) in October 2010. Vehicles will hit the streets in April 2011. Ordering for the police package (9C1) will begin in January 2011 and the vehicles go on duty next June.

“When we began designing our latest police vehicle, we went directly to our customers and found that they were looking for a rear-wheel, large sedan with a V-8 engine,” said Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “By announcing the available specs and ordering information now, we’re following through with our promise to provide them with the advanced technologies that best serve their needs for comfort, performance and safety.”

The all-new Caprice PPV features:

* Comfort: Segment-leading interior volume (112 cubic feet / 3,172 liters) provides a spacious interior, providing officers with more comfort for long hours on patrol. In addition, it has specially designed front seats sculptured to allow for gun belts. The seats are made with high wear material and have a seat back security panel. There’s also an eight-way power driver’s seat with reclining back and lumbar control, featuring quick-adjust manual fore and aft movement for additional comfort.

* Performance: Responsive rear-wheel-drive and a powerful 6.0L V-8 engine, with 355 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. torque, including the fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability. It delivers expected best-in-class top speed and zero-to-60 acceleration in less than six seconds. A V-6 engine also will be available beginning in the 2012 model year. In addition, the 6-speed transmission has sport shift calibrations for performance driving. A 2.92 axle ratio with limited slip is standard.

* Safety: Full-width prisoner partition enabled by front seat only head curtain with side impact airbags. Rear seat head curtain side impact airbags are available. StabiliTrak, GM’s electronic stability control technology, provides a “police performance” mode for enhanced stability during high-speed driving.

* Exterior: Vehicle has an overall length of 204.2 inches (5,186.1 mm), an overall width of 74.75 inches (1,898.7 mm) and an overall height of 58.66 inches (1,489.95 mm). Efficient packaging allows spacious interior, without showing it on the exterior. Standard 18-inch steel wheels with bolt on center caps and wheel covers.

* Interior: Designed for five-passenger seating, the upper-center section of the dashboard can be used for equipment mounting without concern of air bag deployment interference. A certified speedometer (160-mph certified analog) includes trip odometer, warning lights and multifunction display with Engine Oil Life monitor. A Driver Information Center with a “Trap Speed” feature captures speed when tracking/pacing other vehicles.

* Additional Options: Available auxiliary battery to power police equipment and full-size spare tire under a flat load surface. Vinyl rear seat and floor covering also available.

“Chevrolet’s history with law enforcement spans across almost as many years as the brand itself and we’re ready to see the Caprice PPV report for active duty,” Small said.

A full list of vehicle specifications and additional information about the Caprice PPV can be found at the recently updated website, www.chevroletcapriceppv.com.

About Chevrolet

Chevrolet is one of America's best-known and best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that range from "gas-friendly to gas-free," Chevrolet has 11 models that offer an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, and offers two hybrid models. More than 2.5 million Chevrolets that run on E85 biofuel have been sold. Chevrolet delivers expressive design, spirited performance and strives to provide the best value in every segment in which it competes. More information can be found at www.chevrolet.com. For more information on the Volt, visit http://media.gm.com/volt or join the conversation at chevroletvoltage.com.

About General Motors: General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 205,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 157 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.



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The best part of the entire article for me? The retention of the "9C1" designation. I am such a nerd.

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GM Unveils Chevrolet Caprice PPV: The New Face Of Patrol Cars

By Bengt Halvorson

Deputy Editor

July 26th, 2010

Chronic speeders, it's going to take a little retraining. As the Crown Vic-based Ford Police Inetrceptor begins to fade away, GM has unveiled official details and specs for the Chevy Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV).

The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV is closely related to the Pontiac G8 and takes advantage of that short-lived model's performance tuning; and just like the G8, the model will be built in Australia and heavily based on the Aussie-market Holden Commodore SS.

Essentially as covered last week by our companion site Motor Authority—when someone tipped off GMInsideNews with a pdf link to a full technical manual on the PPV, before the rest of that site had gone live—the PPV will be offered in separate Detective Package and Police Package guise, with the detective version available in October and the other to start in January.

What matters to patrolling officers (and to those who try to run), is that there's a strong 6.0-liter V-8 engine under the hood, making 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. With the six-speed automatic transmission, which has a calibration for high-performance driving, the dash to 60 mph takes less than six seconds, and GM promises a "best-in-class top speed." The package includes a 160-mph speedo, and there's an included "Trap Speed" feature for pacing other vehicles.

To contrast, the Dodge Charger police edition comes with a 368-hp version of the Hemi V-8 and is now used by a number of highway patrols in place of the Ford Interceptor. GM has also in recent years been offering special fleet versions of the Impala for police duty, though most of these models have seen more relaxed patrol duty in residential areas.

Beginning in 2012, a lower-priced V-6 model of the Caprice will also be offered.

GM's StabiliTrak stability control system is also provided for an extra layer of safety, as are front-seat head-curtain airbags. Rear-seat curtain-type airbags are available.

Otherwise, the police version comes with all the expected available items such as blacked-out steel wheels, vinyl seating, a vinyl floor, and an auxiliary battery.

In the meantime, take a look at these pictures, and keep watch on the horizon.

[General Motors]



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