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Khatir Soltani
Volvo's V70 wagon will be making an appearance in the rearview mirrors of speeders all over Sweeden. The new-generation wagon has recently been customized and converted for use by the Swedish police, and at the end of the month, Volvo will unveil the resulting machine at the annual police conference in Stockholm.

Police vehicles face considerably harsher conditions than civilian models. They may be run hard for extended periods of time: frequently accelerating, steering and stopping from a high rate of speed during pursuits, for instance. To address the heavier duty needs of police use, Volvo has made systematic upgrades to several components. Among there are a reinforced and specially adapted chassis, a specially designd and ergonomic interior formed especially for police use and special wheels and brakes. The electrical system is also enhanced to handle the extra power draw from communications equipment as well as lighting and sirens.

Swedish police have already specified their engine of choice for the V70 police car. Power will come from a familiar and energy-efficient D5 diesel engine with 185 horsepower. Next year, this will be joined by an available 200 horsepower 2.5 litre flexi-fuel (E85) engine which is 'environmentally optimised' for police use.

The first V70 police cars will be delivered early in 2008, to be followed later by a police version of the four wheel drive XC70 SUV.
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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