The Kia Stinger is now a ravishing police patrol car
Residents of Queensland, Australia who are liberal with their right foot might soon find themselves being pulled over by brand new Kia Stinger police patrol cars, news.com.au reports.
Replacing the locally made Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon patrol cars, the Stinger will bring all the might of its twin-turbocharged V6 to combat the baddies down under.
In the coming months, the entire Queensland fleet of 200 cars will be Stinger-fied. The first batch of 50 of the Korean sedans will be on the streets as early as this week.
Queensland Police Minister, Mark Ryan, said: 'You often hear Police Ministers talking about providing the best equipment for those at the coal face. In this case I truly believe we have been able to do that.'
Assistant Commissioner (Road Policing Command) Mike Keating said the evaluation process had been extensive.
'The Stinger performed very well in all areas and we had nothing but top reports from all the field officers,' said Mr Keating. 'The result is a road policing first for us, the first foreign car to perform these duties.'
Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, described the policing role for the Stinger as 'a watershed moment' for the brand.
'This level of public exposure and endorsement from a high profile government utility is something which wouldn’t have been on the radar just a few years ago,' he said.
He continued: 'This level of public exposure and endorsement from a high profile government utility is something which wouldn’t have been on the radar just a few years ago.'
Other Australian police departments have also recently announced their replacements for the long-serving Commodore and Falcon, with Victoria opting for the BMW 530d.
Meanwhile, New South Wales will be pairing up the BMW 5-series turbo-diesel with the Chrysler SRT8 sedan.
General police duties across Australia will continue to be fulfilled by Toyota Camry sedans and Hyundia Santa Fe and Kia Sorento SUVs.
All of this means that Ford and Holden, who until very recently practically dominated the market for police vehicles in Australia, have been left empty-handed.