Vauxhall re-appointed as preferred supplier for emergency services
The carmaker was successful in being listed in all of the 12 categories in which it produces vehicles under the Home Office and National Association of Police Fleet Managers Framework Arrangement.
Forces across the UK use the framework to choose suppliers for the 8,000 vehicles that they collectively buy each year. Vauxhall anticipates that it will supply up to a quarter of these vehicles, from roads policing cars to local beat cars, vans and minibuses.
Maurice Howkins, fleet sales director, said: 'Vauxhall provided a tender submission that met the Home Office's requirements and our understanding of the operational needs of the police business allowed us to provide exactly what the customer requires in terms of a turnkey solution together with a comprehensive aftersales support package.'
Vauxhall says a key element in its success is its ability to offer a "one-stop-shop" service to forces. The manufacturer offers a wide choice of options designed and validated to meet the demands of the Police. At its Special Vehicle centre in Millbrook, Bedfordshire, it can build on these options to produce complete finished vehicles ready to enter service almost immediately following delivery, substantially reducing delivery lead times. And the ancillary equipment is covered by the Vauxhall Lifetime warranty.
The most popular model from Vauxhall currently in service with the Police is the UK-built Astra. Luton-built Vivaro vans and minibuses are also widely used and these too are included within the Framework.