March 14, 2005

Cops are back in Chryslers

Auburn Hills, Michigan – DaimlerChrysler has donated four new Dodge Magnum police vehicles to the Auburn Hills Police Department, as part of an ongoing test program to see how the specially-equipped station wagons perform under day-to-day police work conditions.

The vehicles have been modified with heavy-duty suspension and braking systems, upgraded electronics that can accommodate law enforcement equipment, and modified interiors. Two are equipped with the 3.5-litre V6 engine, while two carry the 5.7-litre Hemi V8 engine.

DaimlerChrysler’s Police Car Testing Program began in 1998, when the company provided Dodge Intrepids to local police departments to see how the vehicles performed in real-world situations when outfitted as working police vehicles. The front-wheel-drive Intrepid captured 4 per cent of the police market in 2002 until it was phased out of production in 2003.

The Dodge Magnum was previewed in fall of 2004 as a police unit, offering rear-wheel-drive and spacious interior. The former Chrysler Corporation dominated the police car market in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, with a U.S. market share ranging from 45 to 60 per cent.

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