I can’t believe this hadn’t crossed my mind yet. Tompa, from Sweden, wrote to me this evening with the following thoughts:
…..for me and others the Aspen Police Department is known for two things… They are working in an amazing environment and close some pretty wealthy skiers 😉 But foremost, they drove Saabs from the 70´s up until just a while ago when they turned to XC90´s.
They state that they did so because of the larger room for equipment and the awd capability… What can Saab do to have them drive Saabs again??
Saab should get back into the Department. Showing off that new 2008 9-3 with a growling V6 and effective XWD would do Saab a lot of good. The car is really eye-catching and could make the wealthy Aspen “clientèle” think twice before buying yet another BMW for the misses or.. mistress.
Bloody good idea, that!
And it just so happens that there’s an article in the news about this very subject.
The deal with Volvo for the Aspen cop cars runs out in December and they’re currently looking for their next ride. High on the shopping list are Toyota Highlander Hybrids. Obviously they want to send out a green message and maybe even conserve a bit of fuel.
The Highlander’s no certainty, though, as there’s dependability issues in the cold climate as well as radar interference issues due to the electromagnetic whatsits emanating from the batteries. Believe it or not. They’re getting one Highlander later this year to run as a trial vehicle but other police are using them and experiencing those radar problems, which is a big issue for cops, naturally.
I know XWD isn’t supposed to be coming out until early 08, but surely there’d be capacity to put together a few of them for the Aspen plod. Saab need to have a win again.
SaabUSA – give the Aspen cops a call and see if you can’t supply them with a few advance units of the coming 9-3x – the SportCombi raised a little and running the XWD system.
There’s gotta be an opportunity in that, hasn’t there? And wouldn’t it feel good to reclaim some old ground?
The image is from the Aspen police website. They have their own ‘trading cards’. Seriously. I think this guy’s fishing for a spot in “the mounted section”.