Mazda to supply police vehicles for first time under NPIA framework
Mazda has secured a place in the category for the supply of "standard vehicles", which covers vehicles used on covert and special operations, and will provide police forces with access to models such as the Mazda3, Mazda5, Mazda6 and CX-7.
Fire, NHS and coastguard services are also able to access the framework to purchase vehicles, the first time such a framework has been made available to all "blue-light" services.
Jason Jenkins, Mazda's regional corporate sales manager, said: 'Mazda has supplied cars to a number of police forces for many years. Police fleet managers have opted for our vehicles due to their reliability, responsive engines and agility.
'This is the first time that we have applied to be included within the official framework within one of the 18 police vehicle categories. We are delighted to have won approval in that category and, as a result, we anticipate that Mazda sales to police forces will increase significantly.'
The manufacturer believes that the Mazda3 MPS 2.3-litre will prove to be the biggest seller to police forces due to its 260bhp and 280lb.ft of torque, which propels the car from zero to 62mph in 6.1 seconds.
Peter Allibon, Mazda's fleet and remarketing director, added: 'Our vehicle range and the driving dynamics and performance of our cars suit a wide cross section of requirements, which make them a good fit for police work.
'The cars will be used for a range of activities including motorway patrols, pursuit and urban driving. The Mazda3 MPS, particularly, will ensure that the police keep on the tail of many criminals.'