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ZB cars for the force

As Holden’s Australian production situation started to unfold in 2015, the confirmation that they would retain their deal with the New Zealand police for another five years was confirmed.

It had been thought that the introduction of a new car would open the floodgates for other manufacturers to put their hands up as potential replacements, but any hopes of rear-wheel drive Ford Mustangs or Kia Stingers dressed up in cop-car uniform were short-lived.

Fast forward to this post-Commodore VF world, and the first ZB Commodore police cars appear to be primed for release.

Two ZB Commodore police cars were recently spotted in Tauranga. The pair of cars were sharing a transporter with a Holden Colorado, without any cover or camouflage.

Like the current fleet of VFs, the Commodores are both a liftback sedan and a sportwagon. Both models appear to be turbocharged four-cylinder LT-spec models, though one would expect to see the quicker VXR V6 make an appearance in the highway fleet.

NZ pricing was recently confirmed for the ZBs, with the cheapest entry level liftback costing $45,990.

It’s not the charming rear-wheel-drive V8 it used to be, but the ZB has impressed plenty of critics through the first wave of its roll out.

Test vehicles have been hiding in plain sight on New Zealand’s roads since November last year but those interested in getting a sniff of the ZB in person will have to wait until next month for them to pop up in Holden showrooms.