Vauxhall has made a deal with the Welsh Police that boosted its position as the biggest automobile supplier to the police forces in the UK. According to the deal, Vauxhall offers the Welsh Police Authorities with vehicles until 2014. It also has the option to extend the contract to 2015. With this contract, it means that 41 of the 52 UK Police Authorities use Vauxhall’s Low and Intermediate Performance Vehicles.
This accounts for 80% of the police force in the UK. Ray Forsey, the South Wales Police Authorities’ Fleet Manager, said that Vauxhall offers fit for purpose top-quality products at a competitive price.
In addition, the North Wales Police will work closely with Vauxhall’s Special Vehicles to offer a specific containment cell in the Astra Sports Tourer so that the Welsh Police Authority can fully make use of their vehicles.
As the biggest supplier to the Police Authorities, Vauxhall will supply about 9,000 new vehicles for the next four years. Dick Ellam, Vauxhall Special Vehicles Manager, said that how it approaches the supply chain is key to its success. He said that the only element it outsources is the delivery of the vehicle to the customer. He also said that other elements are accomplished in-house under its control.
He said that the company is able to make savings for the Police fleets during the time period it takes to bring vehicles into service. Vauxhall models will then be supplied to North Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police, South Wales Police, and Gwent Police. As part of the deal, Vauxhall will supply Movano Police Protected Support Units (PSUs). The first two authorities in Wales and the UK to order full turnkey vehicles from an automaker are South Wales and Dyfed Powys Police.
As expected, the new Vauxhall Astra has managed to charm customers in the United Kingdom and help the brand achieve a 12.6 market percent, as per the latest SMMT figures. In September 2010, 12,465 units of the Astra were registered in the UK, adding to the 38,220 new five-door Astra Hatch units sold since it was introduced in December 2009.
With these figures, the new Astra Hatch has become the best-selling car in the Lower-Medium sector so far in 2010. It also dominated both LM retail and fleet charts in September 2010, grabbing a good chunk of sales. That month, the new Astra Hatch accounted for 15.74 percent and 19.70 percent of the retail and fleet sales, respectively. These figures indicate that while the new Astra Hatch remains one of the preferred cars in the LM fleet market, it is sure becoming a favorite with retail customers as well. This attests to how the new Astra boasts of high perceived quality and refined driving dynamics.
Now, the addition of the new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer should make the new Astra more appealing than before. To be built at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port site in Cheshire, the new upper-body structure of the new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer was all engineered at Vauxhall Engineering Centre in Bedfordshire. Its dynamics and performance will be tuned to suit UK roads.
Although the new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer share the same wheelbase as its Hatch sibling (at 2685 mm), its clever packaging has allowed it to carry loads up to 1835 mm long (plus 28 mm) and up to 300 liters of volume (plus 30 liters), when the rear seats are folded up.