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Los police cars The most emblematic are not necessarily the fastest or the most famous. Everyone knows the fleet of supercars of the Dubai police or the Alpine A110 of the French Gendarmerie.

But these are exceptions with a very specific function. Communicate and convey an image of opulence, in the case of Dubai, and rapid intervention on the highways of France, for the Gendermerie.

Most police in the day use more mundane cars. And these vary considerably from country to country. From the Ford Crown Victoria to the Peugeot 3008, these are some of the most popular police cars.

Spain, where is it made?

New Citroen Of The Civil Guard

In Spain it happens a bit like in Germany, where each police force has its own criteria, depending on whether they are a national or regional body. But they all have in common to sweep home, in a more or less disguised way.

Thus, the Civil Guard Last year, it bought 444 units of the new Citroën C4, a model manufactured in Villaverde, Madrid. Thus, it joins the Citroën C4 Spacetourer, manufactured in Vigo, and the Toyota RAV4 as the patrol car par excellence. Of course, in the traffic groups they have renewed with Alfa Romeo to have the Stelvio.

New Citroen Of The Civil Guard

The National Police, for its part, has recently opted for the Peugeot 3008 and the Citroen C5 Aircross as the patrol car par excellence, the famous “Z”. It thus joins the Toyota Prius+ and some units of the Citroën C4 Picasso that are still in active service.

Citroen C5 Aircross National Police

In the autonomous communities with their own police, there is no mystery. In Navarra there are many Volkswagen passat (it is not manufactured in Navarra, but since Volkswagen has a factory in Pamplona…), as well as the Nissan Qashqai of previous generation and the Nissan.

SEAT Police

In the Basque Country, the Passats were progressively renewed by the SEAT León X-Perience, not without some controversy due to its poor habitability in the police version. The Toyota Land Cruiser is also still popular there.

Cars Mossos Desquadra

As for the Squad copsnobody will be surprised to know that the SEAT Leon y SEAT Ateca They are the quintessential patrol cars of the Catalan police, which gradually replaced the SEAT Altea XL. Recently, some units of the Ford Kuga.

United States, from huge sedans to huge SUVs

We begin our tour of the United States. His audiovisual productions flood the world and since the 70s three have been the most iconic models used by police forces on the other side of the Atlantic.

Dodge Monaco

Dodge Monaco Lapd Chips

The Dodge Monaco It was the car of choice for police forces in the United States from its third generation, in 1973. This immense sedan, 5.80 m long, was equipped, as a base, with a 5.9-liter V8 fueled by a double-barrel carburetor. A 6.6-litre V8, producing just 188 hp, and a 7.2-litre V8 were also available.

The second generation Dodge Monaco, in the 1980s, remained one of the favorite models of policemen and sheriffs. Powertrains included a 3.7-liter 6-cylinder and a 5.2-liter to 7.2-liter V8. The cinema and in particular ‘The Blues Brothers’ destroyed a fair number of Dodge Monacos (and occasionally its twin, the Plymouth Fury) in all sorts of chases.

Ford Crown Victoria

Ford Crown Victoria

The Ford Crown Victoria It was quite an institution in the United States. It’s the typical 1980s American sedan: boxy body, rear-wheel drive, live-axle rear suspension, V8, and spar-strut chassis. In the early 1990s, Ford redesigned the car to give it a more aerodynamic look (going from a Cx of 0.45 to 0.34) in order to rival the new Chevrolet Caprice Classic, another iconic model.

The Chevy also competed with the Ford Crown Victoria as a police car, however in 1996 the Caprice ceased production and all administrations then opted for the Crown Victoria.

Ford Crown Victoria

Over time, sales to state and federal fleets and governments accounted for 90% of Crown Victoria sales. Thus, in 2007, the Crown Victoria ceased to be sold to the public and remained in production until September 2011 solely for sales to US and foreign administrations.

Basically it continued to be manufactured and sold as a police car. Today, there are still many Crown Victorias in service, although the quintessential police car is now the Ford Explorer.

Germany, whatever, but German

Mercedes Benz C Class Police Stuttgart

If there is one constant in all countries with an automobile industry, it is to use locally manufactured cars as much as possible. Thus in Germany there have been all kinds of police cars, from Porsche 356, 944 and 911 on the motorways to Mercedes C-Class today.

BMW Police Bavaria

However, in Germany there is no representative police car. Being a federal state, each Land has its own police force and each one tends to have one or more brands of predilection, often favoring the brand or brands with factories in their territory.

Police Ford Mercedes

Thus, in the Land of Bad Württemberg, which concentrates the majority of car factories in the country, it is not uncommon to find Audi and Mercedes models as police cars. Similarly, in Bavaria, there is a tendency to favor BMWs. In others, such as North Rhine-Westphalia, although they have a local industry (Ford, in this case, for example) we can find models manufactured abroad, such as the Ford S-Max and Mercedes V-Class, both manufactured in Spain.

Italy, from Alfa Romeo to SEAT

Seat Leon

For years, the quintessential police car, especially the Carabinieri (the equivalent to our Civil Guard) were the Alfa Romeo, from the 50s until today, with the most recent Giulia. However, budget constraints have left their mark on other state police forces, such as the Polizia di Stato.

This is no longer cut and purchased outside of Italy if necessary. Thus, since 2015 it has 4,000 SEAT León TDi 150 CV partially armored. These gradually replace the Fiat Bravo and Alfa Romeo Giulietta in the fleet.

Bmw Series 3 Touring

The next most popular model of the Polizia di Sato is, interestingly enough, the BMW 320d Touring 184 hp. The Italian police force has 278 units of the German break since 2017.

France, the domain of Peugeot SUVs

Peugeot 5008 French Police

France is no exception and almost always favors domestic production. Although for years, the police cars par excellence in France were of the Renault brand, not in vain it was a public company, today it is Peugeot that has the favors of the national and local police, as well as the Gendarmerie.

Peugeot 3008 Municipal Police

The Peugeot 3008 and 5008 are currently the most popular models in France. But Renault is not out of the market, as the Renault Clio and Renault Mégane are still the favorites for camouflaged patrol cars.

Norway: Electric? what electric?

Norway Police Car Oslo 02

With new car sales approaching 100% electric cars every day, you would think that everyone drives an electric in Norway, including the police. Obviously not. First of all, because electric cars currently represent approximately 19% of the country’s mobile fleet. Yes, it is a huge figure, whichever way you look at it, but it is still not even a quarter of what circulates in the country. And then, because in practice, an emergency service cannot really count on an electric vehicle to intervene given the unforeseen nature inherent in interventions.

Volvo XC90 Cross Country Norwegian Police

Currently, two are the most popular models in the Norwegian police, these are the Mercedes V-Class and the Mercedes Sprinter, especially in Oslo, and the Volvo V90 Cross Country, more appreciated in rural areas and motorways. The Norwegian police also have some units of BMW X5, BMW 5 Series Touring, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Volvo XC90.

Skoda Octavia, the favorite of half of Europe as a police car

Hercegovina Police Cars
The Skoda Octavia in service in Bosnia Hercegovina

The Skoda Octavia is the most successful model of the Czech brand. Its combination of interior space, adjusted price and modern equipment together with good quality have made it a bestseller to individuals and police forces from half a continent.

Skoda Octavia Combi Police Geneva
Skoda Octavia of the police in Geneva.

We find it as the quintessential police car in Czech Republicobviously, but also in Germany, in Belgiumin the United Kingdomin Swissin Armenia, in Finlandnot Bosnia Herzegovina or Georgia.

The popularity of the Octavia as a police car is such that it is even found in countries with their own car brands, such as Germany, France (Paris Police and Customs) or Italy (Polizia di Stato), as well as throughout Scandinavia.

Skoda Superb Police New Zealand
Skoda Superb New Zealand Police

Other countries, such as Lithuania, Latvia and New Zealand have chosen the Skoda Superb as the quintessential police car, while in Austria the vast majority of its police fleet is made up of models from the Czech brand, with the Octavia Combi and the Skoda Karoq as the preferred models.

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