You’ll Not Want to See This in Your Back Window: C91 Caprice PPV w/ Video

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Car companies rarely miss an opportunity to promote their products, which is why Chevrolet led off their centennial Woodward Dream Cruise parade with a couple of their “C91” models. C91 is Chevyspeak for their models designed and sold as police cars. Since the demise of the big B body fullsize cars, Chevy has only sold front wheel drive sedans and SUVs, hardly anyone’s idea of cars with the cornering ability and speed required of emergency vehicles. Now that Chevy is launching the RWD Caprice PPV they want to make sure that as many potential customers see the car as possible, even if it’s a niche market, albeit a large niche of people spending other people’s money. Next to regular folks and the cars they come to see, perhaps the most common things you see at the Dream Cruise are police.

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Using mutual aid pacts, the municipalities on the Cruise route call in cops from around southeastern Michigan. They say it’s because they need the manpower to police the event, but the motorcycle cops travel in groups of 4 to 20, hardly an efficient use of manpower. It’s pretty obvious that it’s less about a need for manpower and more about cops cruising Woodward on the taxpayers’ dime. For example, the Chevy parade had a police escort made up of about 20 motorcycles leading the parade and at least two cruisers bringing up the rear, when a couple of motorcycles in front and one police car in back would have been adequate. It’s not just the rank and file. In Royal Oak, Berkley, Ferndale and other cities, the police will usually set up command posts on the islands in the middle of Woodward, which is a boulevard in Oakland County. With that many LEOs, including supervisors and chiefs working Woodward during the Cruise week, it made a lot of sense for Chevy to use the event to promote their new police car.

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2 Responses to You’ll Not Want to See This in Your Back Window: C91 Caprice PPV w/ Video

  1. Scott Kelley says:

    No experience as a police-type personnel but i have read that many cops desire most is a working A/C in a hot climate, heat where/when it’s cold and adequate room to quickly exit a vehicle if required.

    A smart cop knows the high-speed is relative and a threat to one’s own safety.

    Let the radio take on the dangerous stuff by getting back-up to assist.

    And paint jobs provide emotional impact along with the pretty flashing lights.

    Of course, a turret-mounted automatic weapon atop the roof; perhaps a 7.62 mm mini-gun, would be a grim reminder to neer-do-wells that their anti-social actions could have grievous repercussions.

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