VICTORIA Police Highway Patrol will replace their Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore V8 pursuit cars with a fleet of turbo diesel BMW 5 Series sedans from next year.
With the end of local production of the Falcon last year — and the Commodore reaching the end of the line next month — police divisions across Australia have had to source specialised foreign cars for the highway patrol.
Police in NSW and other states are understood to be on the verge of confirming they will follow suit, as BMW is one of the few car manufacturers globally to make vehicles specifically for police work.
Police in Germany, Italy and the UK also use BMW sedans for highway patrol duties.
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