Well, this is a surprise. Earlier today, photos of a truck full of Toyota Prius police cars surfaced on social media. They were white, equipped with sirens, and featured bodywork decals and the word pulisya plastered on the hood and the rear end.
Curious, we reached out to Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) to find out if these were legitimate police units. According to the company, they are legitimate, and were donated to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and various other agencies by the Japanese government.
A total of 77 units were donated to the Philippines back in 2017 via two separate turnover ceremonies: one inside the Department of Energy compound in Bonifacio Global City, and another at a PNP regional office in Leyte. TMP also provided us with photos of non-patrol-car units in Tacloban (see above). We presume these were what the units looked like before the PNP attached the official decals.
Not bad at all. If you think about it, the Toyota Prius is a perfect crime-fighting vehicle because criminals will never hear its ridiculously quiet powertrain coming.
You can check out the photos of the hybrid PNP patrol cars in the Facebook post below. Have you seen any of these units patrolling a neighborhood near you?