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Vail police switching to Volvo SUVs

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – By the end of the month, the Vail Police Department will complete the transition from Ford Explorers to Volvo XC90 SUVs as patrol cars. W

When the final four new Volvo patrol cars are in use, they will replace the entire fleet of Ford Explorers. The Vail Police Department received the ten 10 cars as part of Volvo’s ongoing partnership with the town and the Vail Valley Foundation. The town purchased the vehicles through the partnership.

The Volvo XC90 makes an excellent patrol car for Vail because it features all-wheel drive, which makes handling in winter driving conditions excellent, said Police Chief Dwight Henninger.

The seven-passenger XC90 also holds all the necessary police equipment, including computers, safety equipment, radar and an in-car camera system. The vehicles are also equipped with one of the best overall safety packages and continually receive each year the highest safety ratings, Henninger said.

Vail Police also spent time designing graphics for the new patrol cars, which will improve visibility at night through use of reflective material which shines brighter when illuminated with headlights.

In addition, the Volvo XC90 achieves better gas mileage than the Ford Explorers getting 17 miles per gallon verses the 13 miles per gallon for the Explorers. Volvo also uses environmentally-friendly manufacturing and recycling methods.

The police department used Saab patrol cars from 1978 to 2003.

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