The vehicle's advantage to the Police is not its pursuit ability, but that it provides a very good value for money all year round general use vehicle. Gone are the days when every police car can just whack its lights on and pursue another vehicle, it's generally a specialist role now so fewer cars need to be fast road capable and more need to be all weather capable. I honestly think that as long as the Dacia Duster shows its reliability over a period of time, more and more organisations that need all weather, all year round capable cars, will be choosing to be two Dusters rather than one of any other car type. The fleet savings will be huge and given the lack of gubbins and gadgets, every single one of which exponentially increases the chance of breakdown, will make it even more attractive.
I know one very large organisation that now has at least five Dusters and will doubtless increase them. I seriously think Renault/Dacia need to approach Police forces and to show continued reliability and excellent all year capability, value for money etc, the Ambulance service and fire services will also benefit. When it snows heavily have a look in the rear yards of police stations and just see the number of vehicles that are covered in snow and have clearly not been out on the road during that period. When more would you need the police etc out there than in the worst conditions? I think however, that badge snobbery will hold things off for a while. If these vehicles are good enough for the often more extreme conditions in Eastern Europe and the Med, then they are more than good enough to replace the low slung, stranded in winter, vehicles used by such services in the UK.
I agree completely the Spanish municipalities are responsible for their own budgets and therefore funding the local police ,the government fund the Guardia Civil ,they are equipped with very big expensive Nissan "tanks",Dacia Dusters are about 50% cheaper and do the same job,no brainer! The local police run patrols 24/7 throughout the town and surrounding area so the dusters will get a thorough testing for reliability .
Reassurring here to see. the police cruisers ghosting around all hours,apart from crime they sort "neighbor problems" ,there is a lot of living in flats and therefore you do get "disputes", the police sort all this in response to a telephone call ,no months of "monitoring",if they agree the noise or whatever is unreasonable ,they act! removing of hi fi systems is not unusual.
Badge snobbery tends to lessen when austerity is rife, there is a big push by local dealers this weekend to sell second hand vehicles renault,mercs,peugots,chrysler,gm,and vw ,had a look,nothing cheaper than a new Dacia !!
Marketting needs to up its game!
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