The rumor is now confirmed: the Gendarmerie will soon be riding in Alpine. As reported LCI and BFMTV, the Interior Ministry confirmed, Wednesday, October 13, the acquisition of 26 Renault Alpine A110 Pure vehicles. “These vehicles will allow the police to carry out interventions on the motorway, involving cars in violation at high speed, within the framework of road safety or judicial police missions (drug trafficking for example). between them will be dedicated to rapid response training, “the ministry said in its press release.
If Renault won this contract for four years, after responding to the call for tenders initiated in June 2021, initially, it was Seat which was to equip the Gendarmerie. Indeed, in September 2020, we learned that the Renault Mégane RS would be replaced by the Seat Leon Cupra. The choice of the Spanish manufacturer was quickly controversial, forcing the ministry to stop deliveries, recalls The Argus.
The 26 Renault Alpine A110 Pure will be manufactured at the Dieppe plant (Seine-Maritime) then transformed by the coachbuilder Durisotti, in Sallaumines, near Lens (Pas-de-Calais). These vehicles, which will replace the military’s Mégane RS and Leon Cupra, are expected to enter service in mid-2022. “Their order contributes to the modernization and rejuvenation of the car fleet engaged for 2 years”, welcomed the Ministry of the Interior, in its press release. As BFMTV reminds us, the Alpine is therefore back in the Gendarmerie. It had already been driven by the police from 1967. The new model that the gendarmes will drive is sold in France from 58,400 euros.
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