By Patrick Rall
What you see here is the first ever 2013 Dodge Dart Police
Car built at the Belvidere Assembly Plant for the local police who patrol the
town around the production facility for the new Dart and a variety of Jeep
The town of Belvidere Illinois currently uses the Dodge
Charger Pursuit for their police vehicles but Police Chief Jan Noble wanted a
cop car built by the local plant.
Chrysler accepted the challenge and designed a 2013 Dodge Dart in full
police livery for non-patrol uses around town.
“The Belvidere Police Department wanted to drive what’s
built in their town by their own citizens,” said Peter Grady, Vice President of
Network Development & Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. “This was a terrific opportunity
to support the Belvidere police and continue to foster our longtime partnership
with this city and region.”
The 2013 Dodge Dart Police Car has the chrome grille, the
fog lights, the body colored front bumper and door handles found on the Limited
trimline along with the 17″ right aluminum rims that come standard on the SXT,
Rallye and Limited. To outfit this Dart
for police duties, Chrysler has added bright LED police lights in each of the
four quadrants of the crosshair grille, in the gloss black fog light bezels and
on the back of the exterior side mirrors along with a large LED spot light on
the a pillar and a large LED light bar across the roof. Finally, Chrysler dressed up the 2013 Dart
cop car in the decals of the Belvidere Illinois police department down the side
and across the front of the hood.
As mentioned, the 2013 Dodge Dart Police Car will only be
used for non-patrol and ceremonial duties around Belvidere. In return for the use of this unique police
car, the police officers of Belvidere will report back to the Chrysler Group
with feedback on how the Dart performs during the course of police tasks. Chrysler claims that roughly 20% of the
police cars sold in this country are used for these non-patrol roles so there
could be a budding market for a small yet room – efficient yet powerful compact
sedan in the police car market.
The new Dodge Dart Police Car debuted today at the Belvidere
Assembly Plant where it was tasked with escorting a fleet of Ram pickups packed
full of donated food to the Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry.