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British police forces are trialling the hybrid petrol-electric Lexus RX400h. Hampshire Police are the first force to put one into action, and further forces are expected to test the model out this year. Fleet manager for Hampshire Police John Bradley said: "We have already received positive feedback from our officers after an initial trial and know that the vehicle's performance was outstanding, with quick acceleration and more than adequate response throughout the range of the electronic gearbox. We eagerly await the fully-equipped model when we will be able to put it through its paces and gauge the performance under police operational conditions. With a fleet that covers 14.5million miles per year and uses in the region of 390,000 litres of fuel, it is the responsibility of all fleet managers to seriously consider a vehicle's environmental impact when purchasing new models."

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Any police department that buys $50,000 vehicles as patrol cars worries me. What a waste of money. I mean, I can understand using a seized Camaro or Corvette; or using one 'flashy' car as a PR tool, but the Lexus just screams "Beverly Hills PD"... :evil:
 

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Don't forget their fleet ranges from Opel Vectras to BMW 5 Series.
 

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ehurtley said:
Any police department that buys $50,000 vehicles as patrol cars worries me. What a waste of money. I mean, I can understand using a seized Camaro or Corvette; or using one 'flashy' car as a PR tool, but the Lexus just screams "Beverly Hills PD"... :evil:
$50K for a 400H chump change, The Brits uses the Land Rover at $85K
a piece with constant tune-ups in order to slow down the break-downs. !
 

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A Range Rover is about £50,000.. cheaper than a Cadillac Escalade for example. An RX is ~£40,000
 

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People are looking at this all wrong.

The initial price of the vehicle isn't that important. It performance and long term reliability are much more important. The lincoln towncars our police drive are heavilly modified for performance at a large cost premium.

In regards to total lifetime costs, the modifications including radios, sirens and lights, computers, engine and suspension performance mods, detention area, as well as ongoing maintenance and fuel dwarf the initial investment in the stock car.

Besides, to a police officer the car is the workplace, and its performance has sometimes life and death value.
 
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