Ever wondered where Police cars come from? You might have been told that when one Police car loves another Police car very much, the rub bumpers and a baby Police car is made. THIS IS NOT TRUE. They are actually built in a factory in Luton. A bespoke factory no less. Though this is only the case if the Police cars in question are Vauxhalls.
Yup, Vauxhall now has a kick-ass facility dedicated solely to building Police vehicles. That’s pretty cool. Mainly because it’s brought 50 new jobs to the area. Always handy given the economy at the moment. They’ll be busy people, too. The plant will be churning out 2,500 ‘blue light’ vehicles every year.
The production line is geared up to take cars directly from the factory. From there, skilled technicians will convert them. Gone will be the company car image, instead replaced with fluorescent livery and flashing lights. Furthermore, the cars will completely finished. Other companies can do a bit of the conversion, while Vauxhall will do the lot. It’s a one-stop cop shop.
It won’t stop there, either. The plant will also take the cars back once they have done their duty. They will be converted back to civilian spec, then re-marketed on behalf of the Police. It makes the Police car operation much smoother overall.
Cars that will be converted include the Corsa, Astra, Insignia and Mokka. Commercial vehicles factor in, too. The Combo, Movano and Vivaro vans will all get the same treatment when required. And it’s not just Police. This is a ‘blue light’ facility. So if fire or ambulance services go for a Vauxhall, they’ll come from here.
“Through our flexible production facility, Vauxhall is able to offer a one-stop shop purchasing experience to UK emergency services,” said Dick Ellam, Vauxhall’s Manager, Special Vehicles. You’re not wrong, Dick.
Furthermore, the facility has positive implications for the economy. Vauxhall has a 70% stake in the UK’s Police fleet. So, when it orders all the part it needs from UK suppliers, that’s a good thing. The materials used to convert a standard car in to a Police car, sourced locally from UK suppliers. Local firms include Border Engineering in Luton who make brackets and AV Engineering in Royston who make fascia mouldings.
Good work, Vauxhall!