BMW products make the grade for police procurement framework
Under the four-year agreement, police forces will be able to opt for vehicles such as the BMW 330d Saloon and Touring, 530d Saloon and Touring and all variants of X1, X3 xDrive20d, X5 xDrive30d and xDrive40d for their fleet. Some of the vehicles will also be unmarked and perform less visible policing roles.
BMW believes that its 330d Saloon Interceptor model will be of the most interest. Billed as a High Performance Pursuit Vehicle, the modified BMW is capable of a rapid response role while also fulfilling key environmental and running cost demands. BMW adds that full technical details of the car can not be specified for security reasons.
Forces choosing BMW vehicles can also benefit from the production-line installation of special equipment packages for Emergency Warning equipment, which can be supported by BMW Service Centres throughout the UK with a three-year BMW warranty. This includes the RESPoNSe (Responder EMERGENCY SERVICE Package official eNabled Systeme) package, which provides vehicles with a high-level of emergency service role-equipment pre installed.
BMW also operates a dedicated department with a team of specialists based at the BMW Group International – Special Sales Competence Centre. This department is responsible for all BMW Authorities specification vehicles sold and operating as Emergency Service vehicles including cars, motorcycles, MINI and ballistically protected BMW Security and High Security cars.
Tim Abbott, managing director of BMW UK, said: 'This is excellent news for BMW and shows the breadth of appeal of the products we sell. We have a very strong commitment to the "Authorities market" throughout the world and have a very close relationship with the UK’s police forces. Orders for BMW police vehicles started as long ago as the mid 1970s in the UK. This latest news reaffirms our commitment to 21st Century policing.'