BMW has supplied ten new 530d Saloons for use in the Metropolitan Police Service Armed Response Unit. This will be the first time that any BMW has appeared in full Metropolitan Police livery. All ten BMWs will be in service from July.Alan Waldie, Corporate Sales Manager, BMW GB said:
"The Armed Response Unit is one of the toughest in the police force. Any car that joins their fleet needs to perform consistently under any circumstances. The 530d has one of the best diesel engines available. It is highly responsive, fuel-efficient and, being a BMW, has low lifetime costs. It is no great surprise then that the Metropolitan Police chose BMWs as the most suitable cars for the job."
Commander Graham James, Head of Transport for the Metropolitan Police said:
"We have run BMWs on the fleet for some time and they have continually proved themselves to be high performers in every sense of the word. In the course of their duties our officers push their cars to the very limit. Police cars endure more than most everyday cars could handle, therefore it is imperative that we run the best cars available. Driver safety is also a key consideration. Due to the nature of their work officers can often find themselves in potentially dangerous situations. It is essential that the car provides maximum safety protection in the event of a collision. Taking all these considerations into account BMW's 530d is without a doubt the best car for the job".Published 18 June 2001