Volkswagen unveils state-of-the-art emergency vehicles

A Volkswagen Passat police pursuit car and a prototype emergency services Amarok have starred at the AFAC23 event, Australasia’s largest emergency management conference and exhibition, in Brisbane this week.

In the case of the Passat, the latest version of the infotainment screen integration featured in that car – thousands of which are already in service in state law enforcement services – is a collaboration with Lumen Australia, Obses UK and Ecco Safety Group.

It features a screen integration system that enables easy activation of lights and sirens through the standard OEM multimedia screen. Number plate recognition capability is now also included.

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This integration removes the need for multiple screens, saving space, build costs and weight and improves occupant safety. It can be fitted to other Volkswagen emergency services vehicles.

An example of the recently launched Amarok Style V6 also premiered in Brisbane in the form of a prototype for a fire and rescue vehicle, developed in conjunction with MFI and Ecco Safety Group.

2023 Volkswagen Passat Police pursuit vehicle
2023 Volkswagen Passat Police pursuit vehicle

The partnered body integrates rear traffic alert, reversing camera and sensors as well as a built-in rear sign board. The new Amarok is under evaluation by various fleets across the country.

Volkswagen and CUPRA National Fleet Sales Manager Regine Zschernig said VW’s of various types, from Golf hatchbacks to Crafter vans, are in use with emergency services in every state and territory, under the Proline moniker.

“Year to date, we have sold more than 1,400 Passat Proline wagons and sedans, and almost 600 Tiguan Allspace Proline – and counting,” she said.

Prolines are developed for and with emergency services, differing from civilian issue vehicles in interior trim, with an upgraded alternator and a provision for an additional battery.

In addition to that, the Tiguan Allspace Proline is a five seater, fitted with a 162TSI 4Motion drivetrain and sports suspension. There are no alterations to brakes, engines or drivetrains.

“So aside from the Proline adjustments, the police and ambulance [services] have selected Volkswagen cars and SUVs that are essentially the very cars that the public drive,” Ms Zschernig said.

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