Sweden first to use Volvo V90 as police car

Article by Christian A., on December 2, 2016

Volvo has revealed that while its products are used by a number of police organizations around the world, it will be the Swedish police that will get the first chance to use the V90 as part of its fleet. Of course, it certainly doesn’t hurt that this model obtained the highest rating of the driving test conducted by the Swedish police, one of the most demanding there is.

Note that compared to standard vehicles running on the road, emergency vehicles have higher requirements. Sweden in particular has a strict policy for its police cars, pretty much the same way at a workplace. Thus cars to be used by the Swedish police have to meet numerous requirements as it relates to comfort, ergonomics, quality, and clearly, performance. Specifically, a potential police car must get high ratings in an obstacle course and brake test. It also has to rate well in terms of high-speed emergency driving as well as the evasive action test both without braking and with brakes.

With regards to the tests conducted, it was revealed that the Volvo V90 achieved an overall score of 9.2 out of a maximum of 10. This is considered as the highest rating there is for a model to have undergone the test.

In the report regarding the V90, test drivers assigned by the Swedish police reveal it was difficult to find fault on the model. Its performance, which is evaluated by different components, was excellent. It exceeded expectations in terms of the powertrain, suspension, steering, traction control, and chassis. The report further said that quick maneuvering was possible even at high speeds. All told, the model is able to remove any lateral forces easily and do what is required of it.

By utilizing the V90 as a police car, the brand has managed to not only deliver that celebrated refined driving experience but also take this quality to the next level. As such, in order to make it suitable for the Swedish police, the Volvo Car Special Products team needed to make some enhancements. Both suspension and brakes for example have been improved. The chassis is not only more dynamic but even stronger. Fitted inside are all the communication equipment and the needed tools any police officer will need. All of the work was made possible in the brand’s facility located in Torslanda, Sweden, and it took a total of one week to make the change.

Volvo revealed that the Swedish police will be getting the first models during the early part of 2017. Volvo has a long history when it comes to providing the police with vehicles. In 1929 for example, the Swedish police themselves made use of a Volvo. However Volvo’s services are limited to Sweden as the brand also serves other countries like the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, and the U.K. Volvo has expressed that police forces from other countries could avail of the model as well.

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The Swedish police will take delivery of its first V90 police cars early next year after the car recently achieved the highest rating ever in the Swedish police’s highly demanding driving test.

The demands on emergency vehicles are higher than on normal road cars. On top of that, unlike in many other countries, in Sweden the police car is judged as a workplace. This means any car has to meet very strict demands in areas such as performance, comfort, quality and ergonomics in order to qualify as a police car.

The Swedish police car test focuses on five areas: a brake test, an obstacle course, evasive action tests with and without breaking, and high-speed emergency driving.

The overall score for the V90 was 9.2 out of 10, the highest rating ever achieved by any car in this demanding test.

The final test protocol on the V90 prepared by Swedish police test drivers concludes that “overall, it is difficult to find any faults at all. Chassis, steering, suspension, traction control and powertrain all show exemplary performance. Quick lane changes at high speeds feel almost deceptively easy, the car does what it is told to do and shakes off lateral forces without any protest.”

While the Swedish police will be the first to start using the V90, Volvo Cars sells its police cars in other countries as well. Other police forces that in recent years have used Volvos include Norway, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands. The V90, too, will be made available to any interested police forces around the globe.

With the V90 police car, Volvo takes the highly refined driving experience of the award-winning standard V90 to the next level. To transform the premium estate into a suitable emergency vehicle, the Volvo Car Special Products department further develop the car to meet the specific demands of police forces.

For instance, the chassis is made stronger and more dynamic, the brakes and suspension are improved and the car is fully equipped with all necessary tools and communication equipment. It takes about a week to transform a standard V90 into a police car at Volvo Cars’ special manufacturing facility in Torslanda, Sweden.

Volvo Cars has a long history in providing police cars: already in 1929 Swedish police fought crime from behind the wheel of a Volvo. In the decades that followed, classic Volvos such as the Amazon and the 144 also served in police uniform. More recently, the XC70 and V70 estates have been used by police forces. The XC70, too, was the best police car ever tested by Swedish police at the time of its introduction.

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