Cop this, America. The Kia Stinger freeway patrol car equipped for the Queensland police takes star billing on the company's stand at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association's show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kia North America requested – and paid for – the car to be sent to the United States, hoping to convince local police distributors to consider the twin turbo V6 sedan.
Queensland want 50 Stingers on their way after Christmas and more for next year and Western Australia has already committed to taking a similar number. Northern Territory, South Australia and NSW assess all the South Korean built car for operational tasks.
Australian Police Stingers is equipped with a "plug and play" wagon to handle the extra equipment needed for law enforcement. In the case of the Queensland police car, which includes a pair of cameras capable of recognizing plates and faces, along with a radar camera mounted inside the car
Vice President Michael Cole, Kia North America, says the US police market is a tough nut to break for a car built abroad.
"We are trying to sound and understand what people think of it. You have (Australia) shown that you do not have to do much with your car … in standard form it has everything it takes. You never say never but It's a very tough moped to break over. "
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Four of Las Vegas finest inspected Stinger on the rack and agreed that it was a "pretty cool car", Especially when it was said that a rear-wheel drive would accelerate to 100 km / h in less than five seconds.
"The presumption is probably too narrow and it may be a bit small. I will probably throw my back out and get in and out and it would need a new nose or we would take the bumper off the speedboats," said an officer, who refused to be named.