Zapping Auto Moto Renault Rafale: first contact with the large SUV cut from the Losange
Did you imagine the “bobbies” invariably driving around in Vauxhall models or antique Rovers in order to track down theft? This was a very poor understanding of the English police who, in the absence of a general player in the automobile industry within the Crown (Vauxhall belongs to Opel), independently draw from the catalog of European manufacturers to build up a fleet. In the streets of London, for example, it is not uncommon to come across the cavalry behind the wheels of BMW SUVs or even Skoda Octavias.
The first latest generation 308s
Without forgetting the French manufacturers, and in particular Peugeot which sold more than 1,700 vehicles to British law enforcement last year, more than half of which are 308 and 308 SW models. Nearly 60% are stickered vehicles which are used as “general purpose patrol vehicles”. Working with selected conversion partners across the UK, including Stellantis’ Special Vehicle Operations division in Coventry, Peugeot is responsible for the design and testing to ensure compliance throughout the process and ensure compliance with highest quality and safety standards.
A simple conversion
Thus, the latest generations of Peugeot 308 which have just joined the police fleet see their central touch screen topped with controls dedicated to managing the multiple rotating lights (roof, grille, tailgate) and sirens, while the trunk benefits from a grille separation from the passenger compartment as well as furniture intended to compartmentalize this storage space. Only question: the engine. The official communication unfortunately does not mention the propulsion group selected to move the valiant Frenchwoman.
To sum up
While Peugeot has just celebrated a quarter of a century of collaboration with the British police, the French brand has just delivered to the authorities the very first examples of its compact 308, both in sedan and estate body styles.
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