The contenders for the next NSW Police Highway Patrol cars

sadly, the Mustang is out of the race

The race is on – who will win – who will be crowned the next NSW Police Highway Patrol vehicle.  With Ford and Holden eliminated from this race there have been plenty of contenders coming and going – EFTM has the short list and it doesn’t include the Ford Mustang.

While the Mustang passed two important hurdles – firstly people loved it and secondly it looked great in the HWP colours – that’s not enough to earn its stripes.


Joshua Dowling at News confirmed this week that the Mustang failed an extreme test at the Goulburn Police facility with the transmission overheating.

So, where does that leave the NSW Police, and their Highway Patrol crew in particular.

While general duties police will be driving round in Camry’s and other basic sedans, the HWP team need something a bit more lively.

EFTM understands that the three front-runners are as follows:

BMW 5 Series Diesel


Volvo S60


and the Chrysler 300C


While the 300C might have a “gangster” look to it, it has a very similar style and performance to the existing sedans on the fleet.  EFTM understands there is one big issue with the 300C – that being the cost of repair.  A front end prang on a Commodore might cost around $6,000 – a similar repair on the 300C could be well over double that.

More tests and work to be done, but with the clock ticking we can’t be too far from a decision.



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7 Comments on this post.
  • nevetsg (@nevetsg)
    22 March 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    I am assuming that there is a requirement for it to be RWD.

  • Lea Ladyraven
    22 March 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    Mustang all the way look mad.

  • Garry Owen
    22 March 2016 at 7:45 pm
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    Talking to a local highway patrolman at a rest stop on the Hume this weekend, he said the Mustang was just too low to get in/out with all their gear on. He was betting the BMW.

  • Nate
    22 March 2016 at 9:11 pm
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    Move move the trans cooler from between the condenser and radiator then the trans won’t limp out !

  • Darryn
    22 March 2016 at 9:26 pm
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    For the price of two speeding tickets a week they could be driving a supercar .. A Tesla .. no more servicing costs .. no more fuel bills.
    A quick plug in at lunch time would offer around 650k day in travel .

  • Viper
    23 March 2016 at 5:55 pm
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    If the 300c costs twice as much to repair then the commodore.
    The BMW and the Volvo will be six times as much.

  • Denno
    23 March 2016 at 8:13 pm
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    Id have to laugh if they chose the 300c. It would spend more time at the garage being fixed .. Bunk of junk!

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