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BMW snags €1-billion contract to equip US police cars

AFP · 22 Mar 2010, 15:24

Published: 22 Mar 2010 15:24 GMT+01:00

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The deal, signed with Carbon Motors Corporation, includes the delivery of "more than 240,000" six-cylinder engines, transmissions and exhaust systems, a statement said.

It estimated the contract's value in the "billions of euros" over a time frame that was not specified.

The German powertrains would help US police forces reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 40 percent, BMW sales director Ian Robertson was quoted as saying.

Carbon Motors was founded in 2003 by a former Ford executive to produce one model, the E7, which it plans to sell as a police crusier.

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No roll-out date has been set so far for the vehicle, which is also to feature advanced video surveillance equipment, warning lights and ballistic protection.

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16:22 March 22, 2010 by jandrews90
I agree that it will be a challenge for Carbon Motors to compete, but first of all, the Taurus is Front wheel drive, where as the Dodge Charger, Chevy Caprice Police Cruiser, and the Carbon E7 are all rear wheel drive, a huge incentive for a police vehicle.
16:38 March 22, 2010 by kent
BMW may have a contract but that does not mean they have a SALES contract only an agreement to provide according to their factory capacity a fixed amount of hard ware, there is NOW WAY american police forces who are ULTRA PATRIOTIC will EVER drive a BMW equipped car.
21:10 March 22, 2010 by Eagle1
Unless this car has doughnut holders, it will not sell.
21:19 March 22, 2010 by Frenemy
@jmforge: "You would be surprised how little police departments used to pay for those Ford Crown Vic based Police Specials"

Actually no, I wouldn't...that's why they all eventually get re-painted yellow and the laptop gets replaced by a fare-meter :-D

@hondoman: thank god!! I was seriously hoping there was a current/former American "beat cop" on here to corroborate my point. Most "LEO's" are pretty much the same all over the world. The reason we can pick each other out of a crowd is cuz we're all "cut from the same cloth", regardless of nationality ;-)
22:57 March 22, 2010 by Beachrider
Since 2008, Ford has only been producing panther-platform cars for fleet sales. Those have been mainly police cars. 2010 is the last year for panther, so Ford is showing off a Taurus-based replacement for 2011. They DO compete with other platforms, so BMW-based cars could grab some market share. Don't mistake USA police-interceptor vehicles for 'normal European' police cars. Aside from the significant engine/transmission changes and electronic equipment, USA police cars tend to have certain protection and location equipment that is mostly seen in the USA.
01:13 March 23, 2010 by Frenemy
@kent: are you just messing with me, or do you seriously not understand the point I was trying to make?
09:11 March 23, 2010 by dbert4
@jmforge - A €1 billion contract means nothing? Wow, wish that I had that nothing!
13:09 March 23, 2010 by Beachrider
America sells diesels in premium/towing pickup trucks (p/u trucks outsell cars, in most states). So we know what they are. The traditional problem was that diesel fuel in the US wasn't as finely refined as it had been in Europe. That made it cheaper to put in trucks and crappy for cars. Now American diesel-fuel has been cleaned-up and the automotive potential is greater. But diesel-fuel prices went up, too. VW sells lots of diesels (BMW & MB sell far less), but there is a lot of room to improve. They will compete alongside Asian/American hybrids and other advanced technology vehicles.
13:54 March 23, 2010 by dbert4
"diesel costs the same as regular gas in America. Really no incentive to switch."

Not true, a diesel has a significant per kilometer advantage over gasoline, often 30% better in a heavy vehicle.

I LOVE my diesel VW, even IF the price per liter were the same there would still be a definate economic advantage.

Beside there is a time savings, I don't have to fill up nearly as often as a benzin auto. I can drive almost to the med through France with one tank.
15:40 March 23, 2010 by Beachrider
No shooting at those refineries, please. Duel capacity would imply that they enable use of guns to solve arguments!;)

Diesel went up more because it now cannot have high sulfur content and other previously-allowed impurities. There are several tax-structures for diesel (farms and some workplaces have cheap diesel), but they affect trucks and cars the same.
17:12 March 23, 2010 by Joshontour
parnell says

"Considering what happened with the recent airplane refuelling tanker fiasco (worth 35 billion dollars) I can't see the US being any less protectionist with this one. "

How is it protectionism when Airbus pulled out of the deal, not the US? This is a completely different matter. If the car from Carbon Motors is what the Police want, then they will buy it... The tanker from Airbus wasn't what the US-Airforce wanted, Airbus saw that and rightfully pulled their bid.
17:50 March 23, 2010 by Frenemy
Whats the point in "competing" (read: shelling out millions of $$$ in R&D, which you will never get back back unless you're awarded the contract) when you know the game is rigged and you're gonna lose?!

EADS/Northrop would have been guilty of corporate negligence if they stayed the course!! (and if I were one of their share holders, I would have been seriously pissed off)
23:17 March 23, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, keep in mind that there are many of Americans who have Germans ancestry. I recently heard it was approx. 30 million.

When you consider how long Americans have been driving BMWs, then it shouldn't be so difficult to see why the US would buy BMW police cruisers.

And as for the Airbus tanker contract, it was intially awarded to Airbus. This is the truth, as some of you may know. Then there was a huge politcal mess and then the US Air Force structured their requirements to favor the 767 tanker. Northrop gave up on their end. However, Airbus is considering a bid of their own.

Nonetheless, at the end of the day, America and Europe need each other and therefore the two will remain close.
09:52 March 24, 2010 by dbert4
@logic Guy - Now I understand why you're the, "Logic Guy"!

Better be careful, after reading many of the posts on this forum it appears to me that limits have been placed on the number of people capable of logical thinking.

You are probably in danger of having your posting privilages revoked already.
12:51 March 24, 2010 by hanskarl
I found it interesting a few years back to learn that another BMW product is favored in the Western US and cities over the great American Harley Davidson, namely the BMW motorcycle. BMW is established in law enforcement markets with their motorcycle.
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