SEAT recently secured a fleet contract to supply the new Leon to the Italian police forces. Both the Polizia di Stato and the Carabinieri have collectively ordered 925 cars with the plan to expand the fleet to up to 4,000 over three years. The first 206 vehicles have already been handed over, with 106 delivered to the Carabinieri and a further 100 to the Polizia di Stato.
Incredibly this is the first time that both police forces have selected the same brand and the same vehicle. The model they have chosen is the Leon 2.0 TDI which has 150hp, special equipment and armour protection, sadly not an option for the standard SEAT Leon. Armour features include a 22mm thick bulletproof windscreen that has resisted bullet impacts of 894 mph, doors that can resist AK47 gunfire and windows that are impact resistant.
Each service vehicle is completed with warning and alarm lights, radio and communications equipment, weapons carriers and other items of equipment. This SEAT Leon even comes “prisoner cell” rear seats and a dividing partition to keep any law breakers away from police officers in the front.
The reasoning behind the SEAT Leon being chosen was the low fuel consumption and emissions figures, as well as its high quality and excellent total cost of ownership.
“We are honoured by the trust given by the Italian police in SEAT and the Leon. And we are very proud to be able to contribute thanks to reliable, secure and high quality vehicles to public safety. The contract is also a good example of the great success and major growth of the SEAT brand within the fleet business sector.”
So it seems the Italian police forces are well equipped with these vehicles, they could be even better suited if they put a few orders in for the SEAT Leon Cupra ST 280.
By James Fothergill