Vauxhall has officially opened its police car factory at its car manufacturing plant in Luton, Bedfordshire.
The car manufacturer says it is the largest facility of its kind in Europe and will convert 2,500 vehicles every year. These will include cars and vans to be used by Police forces, as well as Ambulance and Fire services throughout the UK.
The new site will bring 50 jobs to the area and has been created after moving production in-house from its former location in Millbrook, Bedfordshire.
The firm says that supplier companies across the country will also benefit with 90% of blue-light content, the materials used to convert a standard car in to a Police car, sourced from UK suppliers.
Among the local companies involved is Luton based Border Engineering, the makers of brackets and AV Engineering in Royston who make fascia mouldings.
A number of vehicles will be converted to be used by the emergency services at the facility in Luton with cars including Mokka, Insignia, Astra and Corsa, and CVs, such as Movano, Combo and the Luton built Vivaro vans.
Vauxhall says it is the sole manufacturer to offer a one stop shop for blue light vehicles. Everything is done in-house from testing to converting and, eventually, remarketing of decommissioned vehicles.
Vauxhallâs Manager of Special Vehicles, Dick Ellam, commented: Through our flexible production facility, Vauxhall is able to offer a one-stop shop purchasing experience to UK emergency services.
We can deliver a wide choice of car and van models, specifically designed and rigorously-tested to meet the stringent demands of our emergency services. We can also supply turn-key vehicle solutions that enable rapid turnaround of replacement vehicles, plus we can now offer a unique in-house de-commissioning and re-marketing service.
Vauxhall says it is the number one supplier to Police fleets with a 70% market share of competitive segments.