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[[Image:CartelCruiser-GTA3-front.jpg|right|thumb|300px|A Cartel Cruiser in GTA III (<small>[[:Image:CartelCruiser-GTA3-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>).]]
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| name = Cartel Cruiser
The '''Cartel Cruiser''' is a four-wheel-drive crew cab pickup truck. It is used exclusively by the [[Colombian Cartel]] in [[Grand Theft Auto III]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]].
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| caption = Cartel Cruiser in [[Grand Theft Auto: III|GTA: III]]
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| vehicle_type = Gang car
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| body_style = 4-door pickup truck
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| capacity = 4 <small>(driver and 3 passengers)</small>
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| appearances = ''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]''<br>''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|GTA Liberty City Stories]]''
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| related = [[Sandking]]<small>([[GTA V]])</small><br>[[Bobcat]]<br>[[Contender]]<br>[[Rebel]]
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The '''Cartel Cruiser''' (known simply as '''Cartel''' in the non-English versions of the game) is the gang car of the [[Colombian Cartel|Colombian Mob]] in [[Grand Theft Auto III]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]. This car is the predecessor of the [[Sandking]] off-road truck featured in later games.
   
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
 
=== Design ===
 
=== Design ===
In general, the Cartel Cruiser is a 4-door pickup truck, similar to a 2002–2006 [[wp:Chevrolet Avalanche|Chevrolet Avalanche]], but featuring frontal styling of a generic 1990s Ford pickup truck. The Cruiser also features a roll bar in the back, side runners, a blue paintjob, and foglights on the grill. Similar to the [[Forelli Exsess]], [[Sindacco Argento]] and [[Yardie Lobo]], it does not have a non-gang variant.
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In general, the Cartel Cruiser is a 4-door pickup truck, resembling a generic [[wp:Ford F-Series|1990s Ford F-Series pickup truck]] with the front is reminiscent of [[wp:Chevrolet LUV|Chevrolet LUV]]. The Cruiser also features a roll bar in the back, side runners, a blue paint job, and foglights on the grill. Similar to the [[Forelli Exsess]], [[Sindacco Argento]] and [[Yardie Lobo]], it does not have a non-gang variant, but its closest non-gang counterpart however is the [[Bobcat]]. It is one of the only two 4-door pickup trucks in the [[3D Universe]].
   
At one point of [[beta|game development of GTA III]], the Cartel Cruiser was known as the '''Columbia''', possibly a reference to the Colombian Cartel's name. The old name is still evidently used in a showcase of the truck at the official [[Rockstar North]] website.
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At one point of [[beta|game development of GTA III]], the Cartel Cruiser was known as the '''Columbia''', which is possibly a reference to the Colombian Cartel's name. The old name is still evidently used in a showcase of the truck at the official [[Rockstar North]] website. In the beta, the car was also black.
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Unlike most gang cars in GTA III, the Cartel Cruiser is absent from [[GTA Advance]] for unknown reasons, and a specially modified [[Esperanto]] replaces it as the Colombian gang car.
   
 
=== Performance ===
 
=== Performance ===
 
[[Image:CartelCruiser-GTALCS-front.jpg|right|thumb|300px|A Cartel Cruiser in GTA Liberty City Stories.]]
 
[[Image:CartelCruiser-GTALCS-front.jpg|right|thumb|300px|A Cartel Cruiser in GTA Liberty City Stories.]]
   
The Cartel Cruiser's engine is powerful enough to send its all wheel drive system into slides, which is unusual for the GTA III engine. The Cruiser is turbocharged, but suffers from turbo lag, where the car has poor acceleration from a standing start, until the turbo cuts in. This can be heard, when the engine noise becomes louder and more aggressive. At higher revs, it can defeat a [[Patriot]] (a similar vehicle) in a straight line drag race. However, its high center of gravity causes the body to roll in corners.
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Powered by [[Diablo Stallion]]'s turbocharged V8 engine, it is powerful enough to send its all wheel drive system into slides, which is unusual for the GTA III engine. However it suffers from turbo lag, where the car has poor acceleration from a standing start, until the turbo cuts in. This can be heard, when the engine noise becomes louder and more aggressive. At higher revs, it can outrun a [[Patriot]] or a [[Sentinel]] in a straight line drag race. However, its high center of gravity causes the body to roll in corners. Strangely enough, it has the engine sound of a muscle car, which is unrealistic for such a large vehicle.
   
In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser isn't as speedy as it was in GTA III, with the engine sounds more like a truck's and heavier than the one on GTA III, but maintains much of its predecessor's design and accessories, with a noticeable change in the grill mounted spotlights (from white to red). While possessing poor acceleration, it's handling is reasonable, but it's top speed is moderate.
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In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser performs similarly to the one in GTA III, only being much heavier, resulting in a noticeable moderate acceleration. It is also have a more appropriate engine noise, being the same as the [[Bobcat]]. Its heavy weight, however makes up for better durability and low center of gravity, thus it has a better handling, stability and traction at high speeds. Unlike the GTA III rendition, rollovers and tailspins are less prone to occur in cornering, making it one of the best drifting cars in the game. It is also capable to ram other cars more easily, due to its aforementioned weight.
   
 
==Locations==
 
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*In the [[Cartel Mansion|Cartel mansion]] in [[Cedar Grove]], [[Shoreside Vale]].
 
*In the [[Cartel Mansion|Cartel mansion]] in [[Cedar Grove]], [[Shoreside Vale]].
 
*Near [[D-Ice|D-Ice’s]] phone in [[Wichita Gardens]], Shoreside Vale.
 
*Near [[D-Ice|D-Ice’s]] phone in [[Wichita Gardens]], Shoreside Vale.
*Driving around Fort Staunton and Cedar Grove.
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*Driving around [[Fort Staunton]] and [[Cedar Grove]].
 
*Six Cartel Cruisers can be found during the mission [[The Exchange]].
 
*Six Cartel Cruisers can be found during the mission [[The Exchange]].
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*Can be found as one of the burning vehicles during [[Firefighter]] missions.
   
 
'''GTA Liberty City Stories'''
 
'''GTA Liberty City Stories'''
*Driving around Cedar Grove, Shoreside Vale.
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*Driving around [[Cedar Grove]] and [[Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale|Francis International Airport]] in [[Shoreside Vale]].
*Driving around [[Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale|Francis International Airport]], Shoreside Vale.
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*Can be obtained during the missions [[Panlantic Land Grab]] and [[Love on the Run]].
*Driving around eastern [[Belleville Park]], Staunton Island (occasionally).
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* Very rarely spawns in [[Belleville Park]].
   
== See also ==
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==Trivia==
* [[Cavalcade FXT]], a somewhat similar truck in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]].
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*It has been speculated that in GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser was meant to have a same engine sound as the [[Leone Sentinel]] and the [[Sentinel XS]], but it is changed to the [[Taxi]]'s engine sound, as Leone Sentinel's engine sound are considered too speedy for a pickup truck.
* [[Patriot]], a four-wheel-drive crew cab truck that shares the same vehicle polygon model as the Cartel Cruiser, but different textures, accessories (bumpers and trunk rack), and handling characteristics.
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*The GTA III rendition's performance seems to be reused for the [[Sandking]].
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*The default radio stations for the Cartel Cruiser are:
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**'''GTA III''': [[Rise FM]] or [[Flashback FM|Flashback 95.6]].
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**'''GTA Liberty City Stories''': [[Rise FM]].
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*The car is apparently inspired from the stereotype of Latin Americans and Middle Eastern, which is typically associated with off-road cars and pickup trucks.
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*According to the engine sound, it is strange that in GTA III the car has a vintage engine (carburetor), but in Liberty City Stories it has a modern fuel-injection engine, despite LCS passing in 1998 and III in 2001.
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*The GTA Liberty City Stories version is exceptionally durable compared to the GTA III version. It is also the most durable gang car in LCS, together with the [[Triad Fish Van]] and the [[Yakuza Stinger]].
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== See Also ==
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* [[Cavalcade FXT]], a somewhat similar SUT in [[HD Universe]], but with more luxurious design and larger engine.
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* [[Patriot]], a four-wheel-drive crew cab truck that shares the same vehicle polygon model as the Cartel Cruiser, but different textures, accessories (bumpers and trunk rack), engine, and handling characteristics.
 
* [[Contender]], another truck in GTA IV which has a similar body design, but not crew cab and is based on a newer model Ford F150.
 
* [[Contender]], another truck in GTA IV which has a similar body design, but not crew cab and is based on a newer model Ford F150.
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* [[Gang Rancher]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]] counterpart which shares an almost similar performance.
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* [[Sandking]] and [[Sadler]], [[Grand Theft Auto V|GTA V]] counterpart which is also based on Ford F-Series.
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* [[Bobcat]], closest civilian version.
   
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Latest revision as of 11:59, December 7, 2014

VEHICLE
Cartel Cruiser
CartelCruiser-GTA3-front
Cartel Cruiser in GTA: III
Vehicle type Gang car
Body style 4-door pickup truck
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto III
GTA Liberty City Stories
Related vehicle(s) Sandking(GTA V)
Bobcat
Contender
Rebel


The Cartel Cruiser (known simply as Cartel in the non-English versions of the game) is the gang car of the Colombian Mob in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. This car is the predecessor of the Sandking off-road truck featured in later games.

DescriptionEdit

Design Edit

In general, the Cartel Cruiser is a 4-door pickup truck, resembling a generic 1990s Ford F-Series pickup truck with the front is reminiscent of Chevrolet LUV. The Cruiser also features a roll bar in the back, side runners, a blue paint job, and foglights on the grill. Similar to the Forelli Exsess, Sindacco Argento and Yardie Lobo, it does not have a non-gang variant, but its closest non-gang counterpart however is the Bobcat. It is one of the only two 4-door pickup trucks in the 3D Universe.

At one point of game development of GTA III, the Cartel Cruiser was known as the Columbia, which is possibly a reference to the Colombian Cartel's name. The old name is still evidently used in a showcase of the truck at the official Rockstar North website. In the beta, the car was also black.

Unlike most gang cars in GTA III, the Cartel Cruiser is absent from GTA Advance for unknown reasons, and a specially modified Esperanto replaces it as the Colombian gang car.

Performance Edit

CartelCruiser-GTALCS-front

A Cartel Cruiser in GTA Liberty City Stories.

Powered by Diablo Stallion's turbocharged V8 engine, it is powerful enough to send its all wheel drive system into slides, which is unusual for the GTA III engine. However it suffers from turbo lag, where the car has poor acceleration from a standing start, until the turbo cuts in. This can be heard, when the engine noise becomes louder and more aggressive. At higher revs, it can outrun a Patriot or a Sentinel in a straight line drag race. However, its high center of gravity causes the body to roll in corners. Strangely enough, it has the engine sound of a muscle car, which is unrealistic for such a large vehicle.

In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser performs similarly to the one in GTA III, only being much heavier, resulting in a noticeable moderate acceleration. It is also have a more appropriate engine noise, being the same as the Bobcat. Its heavy weight, however makes up for better durability and low center of gravity, thus it has a better handling, stability and traction at high speeds. Unlike the GTA III rendition, rollovers and tailspins are less prone to occur in cornering, making it one of the best drifting cars in the game. It is also capable to ram other cars more easily, due to its aforementioned weight.

LocationsEdit

GTA III

GTA Liberty City Stories

TriviaEdit

  • It has been speculated that in GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser was meant to have a same engine sound as the Leone Sentinel and the Sentinel XS, but it is changed to the Taxi's engine sound, as Leone Sentinel's engine sound are considered too speedy for a pickup truck.
  • The GTA III rendition's performance seems to be reused for the Sandking.
  • The default radio stations for the Cartel Cruiser are:
  • The car is apparently inspired from the stereotype of Latin Americans and Middle Eastern, which is typically associated with off-road cars and pickup trucks.
  • According to the engine sound, it is strange that in GTA III the car has a vintage engine (carburetor), but in Liberty City Stories it has a modern fuel-injection engine, despite LCS passing in 1998 and III in 2001.
  • The GTA Liberty City Stories version is exceptionally durable compared to the GTA III version. It is also the most durable gang car in LCS, together with the Triad Fish Van and the Yakuza Stinger.

See Also Edit

  • Cavalcade FXT, a somewhat similar SUT in HD Universe, but with more luxurious design and larger engine.
  • Patriot, a four-wheel-drive crew cab truck that shares the same vehicle polygon model as the Cartel Cruiser, but different textures, accessories (bumpers and trunk rack), engine, and handling characteristics.
  • Contender, another truck in GTA IV which has a similar body design, but not crew cab and is based on a newer model Ford F150.
  • Gang Rancher, GTA Vice City Stories counterpart which shares an almost similar performance.
  • Sandking and Sadler, GTA V counterpart which is also based on Ford F-Series.
  • Bobcat, closest civilian version.

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