The Czech marque Skoda has secured its first large-scale order for police cars in
Australia, with a fleet of 55 turbocharged all-wheel-drive Skoda Superb wagons to join the
highway patrol.

They will work alongside Western Australia’s highway patrol fleet of Kia Stinger twin-turbo
V6 sedans.

The Skoda Superb to be used by highway patrol in Western Australia is the same as a
civilian car, but with one modification – an audio speaker in the cargo hold has been
removed to make way for a second battery. Police cars place enormous demands on
vehicle electrical systems and most run dual battery set-ups to be able to power

A statement from Skoda Australia said Western Australia police have ordered 55
examples of the Superb wagon for highway patrol duties, with an order for a further 10
vehicles expected to follow.

The head of Skoda Australia, Michael Irmer, said it was an honour to help serve police
with a suitable vehicle.

“Skoda could hope for no more resounding endorsement of our [vehicle] than its selection
by WAPOL,” Mr Irmer said in a media statement.

“To be the car of choice for the officers who serve the great state of Western Australia is
an honour.”

Western Australia is the largest police jurisdiction in Australia, accounting for more than a
third of the mainland – or 2.5 million square kilometres.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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