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The Perennial is a station wagon and minivan in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV (and its episodes) and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It is manufactured by Dinka in the HD Universe.

Design

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the car's design resembles a 1962-69 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Wagon, with the front and the tail lights taken from the Austin A40 Farina Mark I. The Perennial also seems to be inspired by a plethora of wagons from the 1960s, such as the 1970-86 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Fiat 1100 R Familiare, Peugeot 404 or a Peugeot 504 wagon. The vehicle remained mostly the same, with certain differences in terms of details:

  • The GTA III rendition assumes a rather basic design, where the lower area features a flat gray bumper with a license plate in the center, while the upper area is predominated by a mesh grille with two horizontal dividers and five vertical ones, together with gray headlight housings beside it, with circular main lights on the upper halves and vertical turn signals on the lower halves. The sides have the corresponding doors with gray/silver handles and two mirror wings on the front doors, while the cabin area has relatively large windows and a flat roof. The rear is mostly occupied by a large compartment door with a gray/silver section at the bottom and what looks like a handle below the window, while the sections beside it have vertical tail lights split between the upper indicators and the lower main/brake lights. A flat bumper with a central license plate is seen at the bottom, with a rounded moulding for the passenger-side exhaust pipe. The vehicle is seen in a variety of single colors for the body.
  • The GTA Vice City rendition retains most of the features from GTA III but the grille appears to have four horizontal and six vertical separations, while the hood features a distinctive line in the center. The cabin area remains the same, but there are additional separations on the windows, and a gray/silver luggage rack may appear on the rear portion of the roof. On the rear, the tail lights gain an additional detail on the middle that seems to contain a small circular unit. Again, the vehicle is seen in a variety of single colors for the body.
  • The GTA San Andreas rendition looks more like its real-life counterpart when compared to the GTA III or GTA Vice City renditions. The bumper seems to have a pointed shape in the center, and the grille has three protruding horizontal separations (likely due to them being 3D details opposed to the 2D texture from the previous renditions). The headlights are also less convex and are surrounded by gray/silver trim, while the turn signals are rotated to a horizontal position. The sides of the vehicle have chrome side moldings on its upper body and a fuel cap on the rear left quarter, while the inner window pillars and the optional luggage rack on the roof are retained from the GTA Vice City rendition. The rear of the car is mostly identical to its two previous renditions, but the tail lights consist of single red units, while the exhaust pipe is located below the rear bumper rather than within. The vehicle is seen in a variety of primary colors for the body and secondary colors for the roof, the latter unable to be changed at TransFender.

In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the car assumes a slightly newer and leaner model that resembles an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, based on the position of the side panels and grille, but retains elements of previous iterations of the car in the rear. This model assumes a similar design to previous renditions, but the front bumper seems to be larger and has concave formations on the upper area, while the grille spans the whole width of the car and houses square headlights. The windows on the rear compartment area are slightly smaller than the windshield and door windows, while the roof has two gray/silver luggage bars on the rear portion. The rear end is mostly identical to its previous iterations, but the turn indicators are smaller. Both renditions can spawn in a variety of primary colors applied on the body, while the secondary color is applied on most of the sides.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Perennial has been drastically changed, and is based on the second generation Honda Stream and the fourth generation Honda Odyssey. The model is mainly based on Honda models, mainly the Stream and with details such as windows from the 2007-2011 Honda CR-V and the Honda Stream. The rear window and the rear of the sides are also similar to those from the Mercedes-Benz R-Class and Audi A4 B8 Avant. It is the only vehicle in GTA IV which has a fully glassed roof, which is very reminiscent of the Renault Avantime. The tail lights loosely resemble those found on the 2006–Present Toyota Previa; however, they also appear to take some design cues from the Alfa Romeo SZ. Instead of fog lights, the Perennial sports daytime running lights, where the lights are always on regardless of time of day similar to those of second generation Acura MDX. The interior seating is part leather and part cloth, just like the Honda CRV.

The front of the vehicle is predominated by a trapezium-shaped lower mesh grille with a central number plate mounted over it, while the portions beside the lower grille house a set of fog lamps that work in conjunction with the engine. Above the bumper area, there is a narrow upper mesh grille that is about the same width as the upper edge of the lower grille, which is split by a central panel finished in black and bearing the manufacturer logo, while the portions beside it are occupied by wide headlights and small outer indicators, which have and upswept shape on the lower edges. The hood is relatively simple in design and has elevated formations on the outer edges, leading towards each side of the windscreen.

The sides of the vehicle are relatively simple in terms of design, with protruding accent lines passing through the doors and small side skirts at the bottom, along with silver/chrome door handles located below the waist lines. The greenhouse area makes use of silver/chrome trim around the side windows and black inner separations, while the windshield and rear window make use of black trim. A fully glassed roof is seen spanning most of the roof area, leaving a smaller solid portion for the aerial/antenna and the spoiler.

The rear of the vehicle features a large compartment door with the manufacturer badge below the window, "MPV AW" badges on the driver side, and silver "PERENNIAL" badging on the passenger side, along with a dedicated section for the number plate. There is a wide tail light cluster with black trim around, which is split between a central section containing the central brake light and two reverse lights beside it, two outer sections containing the inner brake and outer main lights, and two smaller indicators placed on the rear quarters of the vehicle. The bumper area houses a grey section in the centre and two small exhausts beside it.

The Perennial is equipped with a GPS system with a female voice (male voice for the FlyUS variant), but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu. The Perennial comes with tinted windows by default.

The vehicle spawns in a variety of single colors on the bodywork, and uses seven-spoke rims with medium-profile tyres.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Perennial in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars still assumes the design of its previous iterations, but will vary depending on the platform: the Nintendo DS rendition appears to resemble a K-platform Station wagon, while the PSP and iOS version is more modern and resembles a Mitsubishi Space Wagon, with some styling cues from the GTA IV rendition.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

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 catching fire and exploding. The Perennial is also easy to ram off roads, especially with large, fast vehicles such as the Fire Truck and the Barracks OL.

The Perennial uses a petrol engine and a 5-speed gearbox. It uses a low-revving and noisy engine from cars such as the Romero's Hearse and the Greenwood (GTA San Andreas).

3D Universe Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 93 / 150 5 Petrol FWD 1200 / 2646
Observed
N/A N/A 5 N/A FWD Cannot be observed

HD Universe

The Perennial "MPV AW" vastly improves in performance. Gone is the 3D Universe's FWD layout, ditched in favor of an RWD layout. Acceleration is 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. Crash deformation is below average, and as such the Perennial cannot sustain much damage before being un-drivable.

The Perennial uses a twin-cam Inline-4 engine and a 5-speed gearbox. It uses a mid-revving and smooth engine sound, shared with vehicles such as the Landstalker and the Rebla.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 81 / 130 5 N/A RWD 2500 / 5512
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 FR DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Perennial can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $250
Medium Exhaust $200
Twin Exhaust $300
Lights Round Fog Lamp $100
Nitro 2x Nitrous $200
5x Nitrous $500
10x Nitrous $1000
Spoilers Drag $200
Worx $200
Pro $400
Side skirts Side Skirt $500
Wheels Import $820
Atomic $770
Ahab $1000
Virtual $620
Access $1140
Off Road Wheel $1000
Mega $1030
Grove $1230
Twist $1200
Wires $1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $1500

Image Gallery

Variants

Hearse

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Hearse-GTALCS-front.jpg
The Hearse in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

The Hearse is the funeral car variant of the Perennial of the same game, sharing the same design, but slightly enlarged and featuring two doors instead of four.

Special Variants

FlyUS

FlyUS, the fictional airline featured in GTA IV, uses the Perennial as its company car. This variant bears a white color with a FlyUS red and yellow livery, a solid roof and a roof-mounted beacon that can be broken, revealing to have a similar rotator detail to those of emergency vehicles such as the Fire Truck and the Police Cruiser. This variant is cosmetically distinct from the ordinary Perennial in that it has no "PERENNIAL badging on the rear compartment, though it retains the manufacturer badges and the "MPV AW" badging.

The FlyUS variant has identical performance and engine sound to the regular Perennial. However, while the normal Perennial has no ABS, the FlyUS variant does.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Bone Voyeur! - One prostitute can be found in an alleyway inside a Perennial.
  • Frighteners - During the mission, there are three union bosses driving around the town, one of them conducting this car.
  • Morgue Party Resurrection - A Perennial is given to the player outside the hangar after the final cutscene, so the player doesn't need to search for a vehicle to leave the airport.
  • Bringing the House Down - The Perennial is one of the two vehicles that fall from the sky hitting three people standing at the Liberty Campus yard.
  • Car Salesman submission.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

The Lost and Damned

Notable Owners

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Civilian

  • In the whole city, but mostly in Algonquin.
  • A Perennial can be seen blocking the road in the ending of the chase between Ivan and Niko in the mission Ivan The Not So Terrible. It has no driver, so the player is able to easily take it.

FlyUS

Rewards

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Perennial fetching $2,200 in perfect condition.

Trivia

General

  • The Perennial's name may be a reference to the fact that the vehicle reappears in the same form in various GTA games. The word "Perennial" means "lasting or continuing throughout the year".
  • The Perennial plays the following radio stations by default when entered:

3D Universe

  • According to the Capital Autos website, the Perennial in GTA III was known as the "Maurice" early during development of the game.
  • In GTA Vice City Stories, during the mission Truck Stop, a fireproof and explosion proof Perennial is available.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the Ballas destroy Big Smoke's Perennial by shooting the gas tank. However, the Perennial's fuel cap is located on the driver's side, but the Ballas destroy the vehicle by shooting at the passenger side.

HD Universe

  • The LCPD police radio refers to the Perennial as an "MPV".
  • When selecting a vehicle in 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.
  • Strangely, getting the FlyUS Variant to spawn in the parking lot of Francis International Airport may sometimes require entering the airport first and waiting for one to spawn on the relief roads adjacent to the runway, then turning back and heading back towards the parking lot. This same phenomenon also applies to the FlyUS Feroci.

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