Police Departments around the world are choosing KIA

← Back to Blog | Posted - November 30, 2015

JAMES BOND - KIA

It all began with James Bond.

Sharp-eyed KIA auto owners were the first to spot both the Kia Optima and Sportage models dressed as police vehicles on the set of the world’s most famous movie franchise, James Bond’s “Skyfall” back in 2012.

The vehicles were on-set dressed as British Police cars. In one shot, actor Daniel Craig as Bond, was seen running down Whitehall followed by several Kias in full police livery and with flashing lights ablaze and sirens sounding as he chased the villain.

Since then, other sharp-eyed motorists have been noticing the number of police departments around the world that are choosing KIA motor vehicles for their fleet.

In the state of Georgia, USA, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office was the first in the country to have Kia vehicles in its fleet, with the purchase of two Optimas in 2013, according to the dealers, Hutchinson Kia in Macon, Georgia.

Traditionally, the sheriff’s office uses the Ford Crown Victoria, which gets around 13 to 16 miles per gallon. However, according to Captain Scott Deason of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, “The Kia Optima gets anywhere from 23 to 30 miles to the gallon whether or not you’re on the highway, so we’ve been able to basically double our fuel efficiency on these vehicles.”

Other countries with Police Departments choosing Kia for their fleet, include Israel, Iraq, Czech Republic, Romania, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malaysia, and Trinidad & Tobago.
KIA’s Superior Safety Features
The cars’ safety features comprise one of its biggest selling points for the police officers.

“There’s a backup camera that gives a panoramic view, that’s a huge safety issue. There’s also the bluetooth capabilities, the wireless capabilities so we can receive calls from our dispatch emergency calls without having to take our eyes off the road,” the American sheriff, Captain Deason explained. He also said his office is considering adding more Optimas to its fleet.

He added: “If we’re able to expand our fleet using these vehicles and you start looking at 10 and 12 and 15 vehicles, you will end up paying for a vehicle over a couple of years based strictly on the savings of the fuel costs.”

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