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Discussion in 'Kia Stinger in the News' started by Stinger GT SS, Mar 14, 2019.
Why Queensland Police chose the Kia Stinger | CarAdvice
Beat me to it. .
Well down Qld Police decision makers.
Good article. Looks like they ran the ruler over the car pretty thoroughly before jumping. It was interesting reading the cop’s assessment of the differences between the SS and the Stinger. I found myself agreeing with everything he said. It’ll be interesting to see what they sell for when they turn them over. Thanks for posting.
Resale price will be interesting but as a rule never buy an ex police car. Despite what several people think they don’t have the “fully sic chip” that makes them go faster. Like most government departments the cops go for the cheapest option possible not always the best available so generally speaking everything is stock standard that you could get at any dealership with the exception of some specialist equipment.
The interior pics are interesting, just like NSW the fitting of the MDT is shit and covers the VDU and other manufacturers in car controls which makes using the in built in gps, climate control and other things difficult. What I am curious about however is the blue and red buttons on the steering wheel controls which are obviously after market.
Well put together. the red is probably flashing light & blue is siren or visa versa. They are switches that need quick access.
It would be interesting to know whether the Queensland sales pick up because of the exposure to the public? NSW Police are renown for taking ages as they have to wade through useless red tape for months. I think that if Kia could come up with seat mods in the factory to suit the Batman like Utility belts with sidearms, then it might fast track more "Govt" sales.
Nope, controls for the lights and siren are on the center console where the wireless charger usually goes. The red is replacing the “mode” button which is odd because you still need to access the regular car settings, the blue is in the spot where the volume up/down indicator is, it’s not even a switch on the Stinger, just an LED indicator next to the actual toggle switch.
As for QLD sales Kia have already said there has been increased interest in the car since QPS started using them. QLD has had the strongest Stinger sales in the country and they are attributing that in part to the QPS using them.
Not red tape for NSW Police they have different standards to the other States and in most cases more stringent especially for Highway Patrol vehicles. Best example of that is the QPS ridiculous decision to use the Toyota Aurion as a Highway Patrol vehicle, that would never happen in NSW.
"As of March, there are 54 total Stingers in operation with QPS, with 43 marked (outwardly visible lights and sirens) and 11 unmarked."
Those numbers surprise me. Are there that many crazy drivers in Queensland that the police need that many "pursuit" cars? The Grey does not surprise. Are all the unmarked cars the same color?
The first forum member in Oz who gets pulled over in his/her Stinger needs to step out and snap a photo. But don't post it in "Stingers in the Wild".
The coastline of Queensland is over 4000 miles - California is around 900.. if that gives you some perspective.
Great read. Thanks for sharing
I see, so many cop cars per square mile are required; it doesn't have anything to do with population. Just kidding. There is really no comparison between the two. Actual miles of road would be the main comparison. Then I'd have to know how many CHP pursuit cars there are.
That is a lot of miles of coastline alright. But Stingers are fast. They can cover it.
Guys you have to bare in mind we are the most over governed country in the western world. So over spending on such things is second nature here except on non essential infra structure like Hospitals and Roads.
Our national debt has over doubled in the last 7 years.
Here in Sydney we're pulling down a perfectly good 35 year old stadium to build another one. Heck we need that bad, hospitals ? nah not needed. ....rant complete.
There are approx. 3000 CHP patrol cars (obviously that's just state patrol, not local LE) and around 8000 active officers.
The initial roll out was 50 but they ordered 100 and I’m pretty sure I read something about an option for a further 100 in the future if it goes well. They are all different colours both marked and unmarked as they are taking whatever Kia can supply. It’s not uncommon here for Highway Patrol to use different coloured vehicles, traditionally they were always white for the entire police fleet but over the last 5-10 years Highway Patrol fleets across the country have been using coloured vehicles.
For a bit more perspective Queensland is the second largest State (size not population) in Australia. It’s about 4.1 times the size of California, and 2.5 times the size of Texas.
Queensland Police have a vehicle fleet of over 2500 cars but that is all duty types, and about 12,000 officers. Australia doesn’t have the City/County/State police forces like the US with the associated overlap and jurisdictional issues, every State has its own police force. Australian police cover bigger areas with less resources but there’s also less population, that being said the police to population ratio nation wide is crap and needs to increase. The tyranny of distance is what impacts most Emergency Services in this country.
I sense a bit of sarcasm and I’m not interested in a political debate but I don’t think the purchase of the Stingers is over spending. If you ask any cop anywhere in the country and they’re being honest with you they’ll tell you that overspending and vehicles/equipment/police stations just don’t go in the same sentence. Despite what governments claim are record police budgets most of it goes on wages and there is never enough vehicles/equipment/officers to do the job needed in the timeframe the community expects. Also hospitals and roads probably not non essential infrastructure but I sense your tongue was firmly in your cheek. As for the stadiums don’t even start me, I’m sick of hearing about them. Anyway this is getting off topic.
Totally agree smart move by the Qld Gov.t in the choice of Stinger purchase. And yes the Police forces and essential services are famously under funded. I also feel a bit agrieved about this.
Chosen simply cuz is awesome all around powerful car.