Perennial

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The Perennial is a station wagon and minivan featured in the following games:

The styling of the car has changed slightly throughout the games, but the performance has remained unchanged, until GTA IV.

Design

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

In GTA III, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, it has a close resemblance to the 1962-1964 Chevrolet Nova station wagon though much smaller and shorter. In GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories, the car assumes a slightly newer and slimmer model that resembles a 1969 Ford LTD Country Squire, based on the position of the side panels and grille, but retains elements of previous iterations of the car in the rear.

GTA IV — GTA Chinatown Wars

In GTA IV, likely as a joke given the Perennial's rustic station wagon appearance throughout the GTA III Era, the Perennial is now based on a more streamlined and futuristic-looking minivan, the JDM Third Generation Honda Odyssey; the side rear window and rear window looks very similar to a Mercedes-Benz R-Class. The side windows are also tinted. The interior seating is part leather and part cloth. Also, the unusual glass panoramic-style roof is very reminiscent of the ill-fated Renault Avantime, though it was a coupe and not an MPV. The taillights seem invented but loosely resemble a 2003-2005 (US) Accord. The US version of the Honda Odyssey is much taller and more formal-looking, so it appears to be the JDM/International version of the Odyssey, which looks more futuristic and isn't sold in the US despite it being common in the game. It does not have sliding doors, as the international version does not feature them.

GTA IV's Perennial is also available as an airport shuttle van, bearing FlyUS liveries and a strobe light, lacking a glass roof, and spawning at the Francis International Airport.

The GTA Chinatown Wars rendition appears to revert to an older design, sporting a lean 1970s appearance more alike early renditions of the Regina. However, on the PSP version, it resembles its GTA IV rendition.

Performance

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

The underpowered, front-wheel drive Perennial is quite sluggish. Acceleration is highly lacking, as is speed, but the handling is responsive, but quite heavy, and is prone to oversteer and rolling. It is, however, quite sturdy, and can withstand significant damage before bursting into flames and exploding. The Perennial is also easy to ram of roads, especially with large, fast vehicles such as the Fire Truck and the Barracks OL.

GTA IV

The Dinka Perennial "MPV AW" returns to the GTA lineup with a significant makeover, both in looks and performance. Gone is the horrendous FWD layout, ditched in favor of a RWD layout. The Perennial is more than likely powered by a mid-range V6, and is coupled to a 5 speed gearbox. Acceleration is now average, with a reasonable top speed. Handling is also upgraded significantly, as the Perennial no longer flops about on the road, but keeps steady. The suspension is quite firm for a vehicle of this size, and aides high-speed cornering. Braking is average, though ABS is not available. Crash deformation is below average, and as such the Perennial cannot sustain much damage before being un-drivable.

Trivia

  • According to the Capital Autos website, the Perennial in GTA III was originally going to be called the Maurice.
  • In GTA San Andreas, Big Smoke is originally depicted during "Big Smoke" to own an all-black Perennial at the very beginning of the game, only to watch it blown up during a drive-by an enemy gang. Smoke subsequently replaces it with a Glendale.
  • The roof-mounted light on the FlyUS variant of the Perennial in GTA IV does not light up when the engine is running, unlike the FlyUS Feroci.
  • Within GTA IV multiplayer races, it is only possible to select the FlyUS version of the Perennial, rather than the civilian version, whereas the Feroci is available as civilian only.
  • The Perennial plays the following radio stations by default when entered:

Locations

GTA III

GTA San Andreas

  • Importable from Easter Basin, San Fierro after you unlock importing/exporting. Import cost: $8,000 (Tuesday and Thursday only)

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV