Vauxhall wins major police contract
After winning four-year contracts for six police regions in a tender process initiated by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), 37 (or 71%) of the UK’s 52 Police Authorities are now contracted to buy Vauxhall vehicles.
The agreements include Corsa, Astra, Insignia, Astravan, Combo, Vivaro and Movano.
The firm claimed some of the main elements of the win were the Turnkey Vehicle Solution initiative for rapid turnaround of replacement vehicles, service support and Vauxhall’s involvement with the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) work on Single Vehicle Architecture.
All Vauxhall Special Vehicles orders are manufactured inhouse at the company’s purpose-built facility in Millbrook, Bedfordshire. The process is kept under tight control, with delivery the only aspect of the service that is outsourced by Vauxhall.
James Taylor, fleet sales director at Vauxhall, said: ‘We are delighted to have won so many of the tenders and our success proves that Vauxhall’s infrastructure and superb range of vehicles are the best.’
Dick Ellam, Vauxhall special vehicles manager, added: ‘A key factor in our success is our approach to the supply chain. The only element we outsource is the delivery of the vehicle to the customer – everything else in done inhouse under our control. We are therefore able to make savings for the police fleets in the time it takes to bring their vehicles into service.’