German police can't fit into their new squad cars
The German state of Hessen put in a €25 million Euro order ($32.8M USD) for new police cars from General Motor's European brand Opel back in 2010 and began receiving specially marked and outfitted Opel Insignias that year. Officers of the Polizei immediately noticed something..
They don't fit in these new, smaller, sleeker cars. The officers, who carry a lot more equipment on their person than the average citizen out for a drive, are finding that they can't sit in the seats the vehicles are equipped with thanks to their batons, guns, handcuffs, pepper spray, cell phones.. and the host of other accoutrement that police the world over generally carry.
What's more, they have trouble seeing out the rear and sides of the Insignias thanks to the low roofline, small-ish windows, and small side view mirrors. That's a safety problem beyond just comfort issues.
The ministry, however, says that the orders are already in and the cops will just have to deal with it. The Hessen Polizei have received about 200 of the 800 total cars to be delivered over the life of the deal penned in 2010. The cars are replacing outdated and older Opel autos (mostly the Zafira) in the fleet. The ministry made the decision because Opel is headquartered in Hesse and builds the Insignia in-country, so the price was much lower than the competition. Now they're finding out why.
Or at least their officers are.