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Volvo Aims to Make the XC70 Wagon the World’s Preferred Police Cruiser

2014 Volvo XC70 Police Car

With the demise of the Ford Crown Victoria as the preferred police cruiser here in the U.S., it seems there’s plenty room for a new King of all Cop Cars. While the Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus seem like the most natural successors to the Crown Victoria, Volvo is hoping to make a case for itself with the XC70.

The quintessential family wagon has recently become a popular choice for police cars in the automaker’s home country of Sweden. It’s also begun to make its way into police fleets in the UK, Belgium, and Switzerland. Now Volvo is looking to place the specially-tuned wagon into fleets in other parts of the world.

2014 Volvo XC70 Police Car interiorThe police-spec 2014 XC70 includes modified anti-roll bars, shock absorbers and springs. With all-wheel drive, it’s well suited for public duty on icy roads of Scandinavia, but could also be perfect for New England or other locales known to have inclement weather.

“The vehicle fleet of the Swedish police is subject to among the most stringent demands in the world and the Volvo XC70 D5 AWD is the best police car we have ever offered,” said says Ulf Rydne, Business Manager Commercial Vehicles at Volvo Car Special Vehicles and Accessories. “We see a clear opportunity to increase our sales on a number of markets, both in markets where we previously had a presence as well as in entirely new markets.”

Volvo has worked closely with the Swedish police to enhance the chassis of the XC70 D5 AWD. This partnership resulted in a vehicle that has a stable, predictable chassis. The car also retains the same level of comfort, safety and flexibility you would find in the standard XC70 wagon. In recent tests conducted with the Swedish police, the XC70 D5 AWD excelled in emergency driving and also performed well in noise, comfort, stability, elk and braking tests.

2014 Volvo XC70 Police Car rear

“Unlike in many other countries, the police car is seen as a workplace in Sweden, which means it has to meet very strict demands,” says Ulf Rydne. “So when our car is seen as the best in the Swedish police fleet, it is no wonder that other police forces around the globe are also interested in our offering. Because it has been developed with Swedish standards in mind, the basic quality of the car is excellent.”

Volvo’s latest police cars will enter production later this month, with deliveries to begin early next year. Sure, we probably won’t be seeing too many Volvos apprehending criminals here in the U.S., but the automaker is keen on entering this unique niche where there seems to be fewer and fewer serious competitors.

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